Halloween and the Power of Playing “Dress-Up”

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Why Dressing Up in Costumes Shouldn’t Only Be Reserved for Halloween

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays for many reasons. For one, it’s full of so much fun… trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, festive get togethers and dressing up in costumes.

But what I love most about Halloween is that it’s the one time of year when we truly allow ourselves to let our imaginations run wild and we get to feel like kids again.

If you have kids or grandkids, you get to feel that imaginative spirit even more as you see it through their eyes. It’s something I personally cherish.

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The spirit of Halloween

To me, the spirit of Halloween isn’t spooky or scary. It’s freeing and exhilarating! As an adult, it might not seem that way to you so much anymore, but think back to when you were a kid… Remember that thrilling feeling of anticipation you’d get as the number of days leading up to Halloween grew smaller and smaller?

And remember how big a deal it was to pick out your Halloween costume? Your friends would ask, “What are you going to be for Halloween?” It was thrilling because that costume meant you could be anything you want – even if just for one day – you could be a witch, pirate, ghost or anything else. And once you donned your costume, you BECAME that character. You got to live out whatever dream or fantasy you had at that time through this precious gift we call imagination.

Exercising your imagination is one of the most powerful and freeing things you can do, especially when you’re building your dream.

Sometimes as we get older, we lose the ability to imagine like we did when we were kids. But embracing holidays like Halloween can help keep that spirit alive.

halloween pumpkin carving father and son

Keeping imagination alive

I recently attended an event last August, I spoke at a Health Experts Conference, and on day two of this large conference, everyone was invited to attend an adult costume party… But not just any costume party.

We were asked to come dressed up as who we wanted to be when we grew up, back when we were kids. It was so much fun to see what all of these doctors, chiropractors, nutritionists and other health professionals came dressed up as.

super cute kids in amazing halloween costumes

Some dressed up as doctors, but I also saw an astronaut, a few witches and a surprising number of superheroes! It was quite magical to see their faces light up as they lived out their childhood fantasies, and it got me thinking…

When we were kids, we truly believed that we could do or be anything we wanted. Our faith in the belief that anything’s possible was unbreakable, and our ability to imagine was so immense that nobody could ever convince us that we couldn’t be Superwoman, a princess or a doctor if we wanted to be.

Yet for most of us, as we grew older, we started to lose faith in the possibilities because gradually over time, without even realizing it, we forgot how to imagine. And as a result, we stopped reaching for our greatest dreams. One of the very first steps to dream-building (visualization) requires imagination.

However, if you’ve forgotten how to use your imagination, or if you’re just out of practice, the good news is, it is possible to keep that skill alive.

young boy in superhero cape costume

Evolution through visualization

Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a teacher. As a child, I imagined myself as a classical classroom teacher. So while at that party, I dressed up as a very prim and proper teacher, because that’s who I thought I wanted to be growing up.

Eventually, I did get my degree in education, and I did become a classroom teacher. But soon after I began the career I thought I was born to follow, I realized that it wasn’t fulfilling me on a deep, spiritual level.

You see, I had recently been studying the art and science of transformation, and it quickly became my passion. At this point, I knew that my dream was evolving, and I needed to imagine ways in which I could take my new passion to the next level.

mary morrissey as a child drressing like a school teacher

So I relied on the very principles I was learning to visualize what it might look like if I could both teach AND follow my new passion at the same time. I imagined, in great detail, what it would feel like to step into that role, who I would help and how I could help. It was as if I had to slip on an imaginary costume of the person I knew I wanted to be in order to fully visualize how it would come to fruition. And soon after, I realized that what I really wanted to do was teach people how to be free and create lives they love living, as a life coach!

Imaginary costumes for every day

So, as you celebrate Halloween today, I want to leave you with this thought… On days like today, we can put on literal, physical costumes, but there’s another kind of costume we can wear any time of year.

Whenever you want or need to, you can put on an ‘energy costume’ in order to imagine, visualize and feel yourself being the person you would most love to be in this life. Maybe you’d love to be a great spouse, or a great parent, or a great business leader.

You don’t have to wait for others to see that person in you. You can actually energetically put on that costume, and walk into the different scenes of  your life as if you already are that person. And the more you do this, the more you will become that person in the physical and material realm. You have that power.

So go ahead and give it a try, but first, I have a question for you!

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up, and are you living any part of that dream today? I’d love to hear from you, so please share in the comments below!

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Comments (11)

  • Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow were my best teachers about what Imagination and belief in yourself could accomplish in this life. I carry that with me, and I know you are right. At 86 years, Pat and I are comfortable and happy with what we have earned. and Pat is recovering nicely from Leukemia. I believe you believe (as we do) in flogging the imagination. So now, we continue to read, exercise, and listen to baroque music.

  • We did not dress up for Halloween. I do not remember going trick or treating. We moved around so much. I don’t remember the places we lived.

  • amethyst smith

    No, I am Not living any part of that dream. Not even close.

  • amethyst smith

    When I was a girl, I wanted to be an expert horsewoman and have a big horse farm.

  • Brown Cecelia Linda

    I for so many years wanted to be a nurse. I have been a Massage Therapist for 25 years and have lived my best life ever. It has evolved better than I could have ever dreamt. It has fulfilled my desire to help people not only with body pain but Body, Mind and Spirit.

  • Ever since I was a child I loved performing on stage and did acting as Cinderella, also danced and played music and sang. It came so natural to me. In my adult life acting did not come as my main carrier but came at least close although not as close I felt I would have loved, by performing in music and dance which enabled me to some degree to create that special “electrical energy”which I always wanted to share

  • Wanda Van-der-Zyden

    I wanted to be love and make peace and cherish every one no matter!

  • Mary thank you. As i wrote to u, at 2015 i got a psychic assault. That as i noticed has block my imagination and the opportunity to be connected -u know- spiritually(?), mentally(?)with the rest of the world and with my self. was a sort of lobotomy to my epiphysis. Do you think with songs for instance plus the meditation can be improoved? Thank u once more.

  • A lot of exploration is taking place using the Internet tool. We reach out and others Reach out to us. There are a variety of motives that all of us bring to the potential exchange that may take place. You behave in a different way. You bring to the connection a message and tools I can trust in at least that’s my initial sense of what’s going on here. I am very grateful for the presence of your Mesage at this time in my life. Somehow you found a Way to connect with what’s going on in my mind and heart. Even after I questioned your team about the product or tool you were offering they did not abandon me. They sent me a website which replayed a presentation you had made in Wilmington. The tears roll down my eyes. The content and spirit that flowed from you and that presentation triggered lots of lightbulbs going off and a special connectI am very grateful for your work and my discovery on the Internet. I also would like to find a way to compensate you for the continuing connection I hope will follow

  • When I was growing up I wanted to be a zoo keeper. Now I teach and judge riding (horses), and do a lot of pet sitting. So kinda similar things. My dream now is to study and then work in alternative animal health. Those vets are getting too expensive, and they treat symptoms, not the whole animal.

  • When I was a little girl I wanted to be, at varying times, an oceanographer (I still have the book given to me by my grandma that inspired that!) a journalist, a song writer/singer and a novelist. What I am is a Unitarian Universalist minister! I no longer want to be an oceanographer, but I do still want to be a novelist. I no longer want to be a journalist, but I do still want to change the world. At 57, I am finally opening to the abundance that is mine so that I can do these things and more.

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