No More Candy Please!

Via on Oct 25, 2010

This Halloween I’m going to try something different.

In the past, we have given into the commercialism of Halloween and given out candy or traversed several blocks collecting goodies.

But, it just never felt right.

As a child, it never felt right to be outdoors ringing a doorbell of a person whom I don’t know and asking them for candy. To me, it had no meaning, no point. If I want candy, I can go to the store and buy it. Maybe I’m missing something.

But, alas, we live in a society that celebrates in this way. So, my children will dress up as little princess fairies and parade through their school. We will stop at a handful of houses so that they can enjoy this tradition. However, we will also take this opportunity to celebrate will great awareness, love, and honor.

Several years ago in a college level Spanish class, I was introduced to Dia de los Muertos, a traditional Mexican holiday. Dia de los Muertos is celebrated over three days beginning October 31 and culminating on November 2. In this celebration, families gather together to honor those ancestors who have passed on. This is a wonderful opportunity to pray, give thanks, and share memories and stories with each other.

This year, I would like to begin a new family tradition and celebrate Dia de los Muertos. I hope to create an alter with photos of deceased family members. I will share stories with my children of my loved ones who have passed. In memory of my Italian grandmother, perhaps I will make her delicious lasagna and send her love as I do.

Let’s ask ourselves why.

Why do we go door to door?

What is our purpose?

Does this activity nourish our bodies and our souls?

How can we create nourishment for our children this season?

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Helene Rose, MS, is dedicated to inspiring your inner radiance and passionate about supporting women to live uniquely brilliant lives. She offers private mentoring and group mentorship programs dedicated to supporting working women and mothers. Helene also works with corporations to bring balance to feminine leadership and help women and companies tap into and unleash creative feminine energy. Before founding Be Brilliant Network LLC, she completed a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a MS in Curriculum Development, worked within several large corporations, taught ninth-graders in an inner-city school, founded a non-profit to support mothers, and has been on the path of feminine empowerment and mindfulness since becoming a mother in 2004. She lives in Boulder, CO with her family. "Living a brilliant life means that you radiate joy and peace in all areas of your life. You live by your own set of unique values and are empowered to live an authentic, radiant life. Your relationships are nurturing and supportive. Your work is purposeful and meaningful. The earth glows with each step you take. When a woman fully acknowledges and embodies her brilliance, she is an authentic and successful contributor to society - no matter where she is and what she chooses to do. Her inner brilliance shines forth in all she does." - Helene Rose Register for Helene's next Be Brilliant Group Mentoring Program for women. HERE.

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8 Responses to “No More Candy Please!”

  1. helene_rose says:

    Thanks for sharing the info Laura, I look forward to taking a look at it! We use the Halloween Fairy too, :-)

  2. candicegarrett says:

    halloween = community. Not trying to repeat my same comment that I left on another halloween elephant blog, but in my small, hippy town we don't go door to door. We shut down the entire town and walk the town, the businesses, the firestation, the community center.

    As for the candy, we keep it limited to how much they get. They do get one night as a free for all and then the rest is thrown out in the morning.

    But if you want to get around the candy, why not pass out halloween pencils? Or apples?

  3. candicegarrett says:

    that being said, I forgot to comment that I love, love, LOVE your ancestral perspective on this holiday. Having lost 3 family members myself, I think we can ALL use this tradition of honoring our passed loved ones.

  4. helene_rose says:

    Hi Kevin ~ I appreciate you expressing your thoughts and look forward to more. Read my reply to Carol above!

  5. Maya says:

    What a great idea to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos. You might want to take your family to the Longmont Art and Cultural Center – they have a fantastic display of altars celebrating family members.

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