Halloween is my absolute favorite time of year. I love fall weather, sweaters, dressing up in costumes, scary movies, etc. However, for some folks, this time of year isn’t necessarily their favorites. Let’s discuss why.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

With Halloween and fall comes less sunlight and cooler weather. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real thing that impacts many people. Folks who struggle with SAD experience symptoms of major depression, but only during a specific season (a person can experience SAD in the summer and spring, but it’s much less common than a late fall onset). These symptoms include, but aren’t limited to: low energy, hypersomnia (sleeping excessively), increased appetite, social withdrawal).

Scary Movies

Horror movies can be triggering for people who have survived a trauma. Usually, horror movies center on a plot that involves some sort of traumatic event. It’s important to remember that horror films are an acquired taste, and that people who prefer to not watch them aren’t “wimps” less than.

Halloween Costumes

Google “women’s Halloween costumes” and you’ll be bombarded with images of women in “sexy” costumes. These usually involve fishnets, high heels, and short dresses. Many women are into these sorts of costumes and feel confident in wearing them- and that’s great! However, some women experience anxiety and low self-esteem when there is a pressure to look or dress a certain way. I would encourage anybody feeling that pressure to dress in a way that makes them feel comfortable and confident in themselves and to avoid comparing themselves to their peers.

Emily Teegarden