Can the Horrors of Halloween Drain Away, Leaving Room for Fun?

Every year I dread Halloween. I don’t know why. I hate orange all year round. And yet, I would like to make Halloween fun for my children (the actual ones). Kathy Broady has some great ideas here. I wanted to do something like this, this year, but just couldn’t quite make it. Maybe next year. Anyone know where I can find a WHITE pumpkin? That would help. 🙂

Discussing Dissociation

For most dissociative trauma survivors, Halloween is a difficult time.

Halloween is an expansion filled with horrific memories, vivid flashbacks, overwhelming darkness, and uncomforted fear.

Internal systems flip and change, with those typically lodged in the back finding their way to the front, making the usual everyday feel completely different from before. Working with these dark parts is essential for healing. They may frighten you, but they need your patience, understanding, and compassion for having survived the horrors they had no choice but to endure.

Living through the Halloween season with active PTSD and heavy traumatic overtones may be as delicate and sensitive as fighting for one deep breath after another.

It hurts. It’s scary. It’s confusing.

For survivors with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and survivors of Ritual Abuse, the pain is real, and the struggles last year after year. Resolving system conflicts and sorting through trauma memories…

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  1. Wow, I think this is the first time I ever realized that Halloween brought forward past trauma. Yet somehow I am not surprised. I love the fun parts of Halloween but am actually sickened by the evil parts. When children were in my home, Halloween was my favorite celebration, even above Christmas. I’ll try to locate a white pumpkin for you.

    • Thanks Bob! Halloween is really hard for me. I dread it every year. I try to enjoy the fun parts of it for the kids–of course dressing up and getting candy is fun for them! But something about it just sets my whole system on alarm for the entire month. I can’t wait for Nov. 1st.
      About the white pumpkin, thank you!

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