Simply Shreya: never and forever


Morgan Kong

Wingspan's Shreya Jagan shares her personal take on issues and experiences in her weekly column Simply Shreya.

Shreya Jagan, Staff Reporter

Costumes and candy.

Tricks and treats.

October 31st.


It’s weird.

I’ve grown up with Halloween. Every year, I’d spend days trying to figure out my costume, plan all the scary movies I was going to watch and the stories I was going to tell. I’d spend hours trick or treating, and I wouldn’t even be the tiniest bit tired. I mean, I bet every kid in elementary school was somewhat like that, but it was just so exhilarating. 

As the years went by, I would always get asked things like “aren’t you too old to be trick or treating?” or “how many more years?” My answers were never and forever respectively. It wasn’t the candy that made me answer this way, but instead how the holiday itself made me feel. 

Happy and nostalgic.

Halloween is a part of me, and it’s a part of me that I’m not willing to let go of.  Yes, I love the scariness and the whole atmosphere it brings, but to me it’s also a day where I can pretend to be someone I’m not. 

I can be whoever I want to be. 

It just gives me a chance to just explore and I love that about it. It holds so much meaning for me because it was a way for me to spend time with my family. I can vividly remember the little pieces of Halloween each year that mattered the most to me.

It’s a day that brings out the fun and joyful side in people.

And it’s a day that invokes laughter.

It may be only one day, but it’s one of reminiscences and memories.