All posts tagged: adult Halloween

This Halloween, Let’s Really Think About Death

This Halloween, Let’s Really Think About Death

[ad_1] Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Fourth of July commemorate events. Halloween memorializes the occasion of death. Baseler Totentanz / Getty October 30, 2023, 7 AM ET My youngest daughter presided over a stack of sticker sheets, sorting the best from the least inspiring. There were pumpkins and ghosts and black cats, but upon the discovery of a set of skulls, she stopped and pointed to a shape on the page she couldn’t identify. “What’s that?” In general terms, it was a hexagon. More specifically, it was a coffin. I told her it was a special box dead people are buried in (thus its presence among the skulls). She put the sticker set on her stack of keepers. I was pleased she had taken the news about coffins and skulls so smoothly. This is the peculiar magic of Halloween, the dizzying juxtaposition of the genuinely frightening with whimsy and make-believe. If most major holidays commemorate particular events (think Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July), Halloween memorializes the occasion of death. Halloween is a cultural institution with …

A Halloween Reading List for Adults

A Halloween Reading List for Adults

[ad_1] Channeling the joy of the most childish holiday Annie Otzen / Getty October 28, 2023, 8 AM ET This is an edition of The Atlantic Daily, a newsletter that guides you through the biggest stories of the day, helps you discover new ideas, and recommends the best in culture. Sign up for it here. “I believe in chasing the ghost of my former lighthearted self,” my colleague Faith Hill wrote last year. And “if there’s one day when I might almost catch up, it’s Halloween: the most ridiculous, inherently childish holiday, and perhaps the one grown-ups need most.” As we get older, experiences of pure, full-body fun and joy become more fleeting. Faith argues that adult Halloween is the perfect opportunity to get in touch with that kind of fun, and the freedom it can yield: “When everyone is wearing a dumb outfit and surrounded by tacky decorations, you all withhold judgment together. You might even remember, just for a second, who you were as a young child: unencumbered by pretensions and insecurities, present …