As millions of children go out to neighborhoods across the country, stalking the elusive full-sized candy bar, we offer you, the adults, a few ways to bring mindful curiosity to the tricks and the treats of the day.
5 Ways to Have a Mindful Halloween
- Don’t sanitize Halloween. We need more death awareness in our culture, not avoidance. A little reminiscing on our mortality actually makes us happier.
- Learn how to navigate a house full of chocolate. Teach your kids how to enjoy their holiday treats with these 11 ways to savor. (You should probably practice first, with a Twix, and then a Snickers, maybe some M&Ms…)
- Waste less. Americans will spend over 8 billion dollars on Halloween this year. And maybe you’ve already cleaned out the Halloween section of Target, but it’s not too late to take a look around and ask yourself how you can take a more minimalist approach next year.
- Imagine a future with Mindful costumes. Can you put a mindful spin on classic Halloween costumes: a Mindful Angel or a Mindful Frankenstein perhaps? What would these costumes look like? How would they be different? We’d love to hear your ideas.
- Talk about death. The Death Café is on the rise. People are getting together and actually talking about death and finding that those conversations are changing their views on life.