Halloween used to be a fun holiday that was set aside for children. It was a night of fun where children got to dress up as their favorite superhero, character, or villain, go door-to-door saying, “trick or treat,” and coming home with a large bag of free candy. In the last few years, however, Halloween has transformed from a kid-friendly holiday into a few weeks of scary images that can overwhelm people of any age.
Where costumes used to be fun and cute, even for your favorite pets, the images that many people associate with Halloween are but sweet. Also, the social anxiety that many people suffer from during Halloween can be triggered by feelings of inadequacy or opening the door for strangers.
Easing Your Anxiety About Halloween
Four things you can do to ease your Halloween-induced anxiety:
- Remember that Halloween is supposed to be fun. Surround yourself with family and friends who keep the holiday fun and entertaining. Avoid any party or situation where scary images may haunt you.
- Do not stress over your costume. Most people are focused on what they are wearing, not judging you by your costume.
- It is okay to turn off your lights and not open your door to strangers! If you do not want to participate in Halloween at all, let people think you are not home, and they will not bother you.
- You can leave a bowl of Halloween candy on your doorstep with a friendly note and let that be your contribution. This easy option will let your neighbors know you care, but not put you in an awkward situation.
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