Halloween is the time of year where we look forward to being somebody (or something) other than ourselves. It’s a great time to escape our mundane lives and to use our imaginations to come up with an amazing costume, either for ourselves or for our family members. Most importantly, it allows us to get back in touch with our inner child and to feel excited about doing something different. We often have very routine jobs that do not encourage us to think outside of the box, and when our imagination stagnates, so do the rest of our lives.
Imagination is a necessity to our mental health and acuity. It is a common mistake to assign imagination to the simple act of “make-believe” or a trait that is necessary to artists. The truth is anytime we develop a new system of organization, make any business or future predictions or design anything from the ground up, we are using imagination. Without imagination, there would be no innovation. To quote world-renown psychologist, Lev Vygotsky, “It is precisely human creative activity that makes the human being a creature oriented towards the future, creating the future and thus altering his own present.”
Jacqueline Woolley at University of Texas studies the impact of imagination in childhood development. She noted that imagination gives children a way to understand the views of others and the impact of events that are not a part of their own lives. The ability to imagine one’s self in another’s position is a key component in the development of empathy. Furthermore, research conducted by Marjorie Taylor at the University of Oregon reveals imaginary friends is a strategy for coping with stress and a way for a child to engage in problem solving.
Incidentally, our highly technological and overly-competitive culture does not help with cultivating imagination. Children who have highly controlled schedules or anyone who develops technology dependence at an early age (internet, computer games, television watching, texting) are prone to develop imagination deficit disorder. Instead of developing the tools necessary for innovation, which ultimately effects how successful we become in life, we tend to stagnate in our professional and social lives.
Fortunately, Halloween is the greatest excuse we have to employ our imagination, as well as have some much needed fun. That means having a really great costume. Here is a small list of some of the local businesses in Burbank that will help you with your Halloween needs.
- Halloween Town has two locations within blocks of each other on Magnolia Boulevard and is open year-round. The primary location (2921 W. Magnolia Blvd.) carries décor, party supplies and all kinds of ghoulish merchandise. The costume store on 3021 W. Magnolia Blvd. carries a huge assortment of outfits, wigs and accessories.
- Spirit located at 325 N San Fernando Blvd. near the Town Center also carries a wide assortment of costumes and Halloween décor. Be sure to check out the On Sale page on their website for great deals.
- If you want a more theatrical approach to your costume, check out Cinema Secrets on 4400 Riverside Drive. They carry all the make-up and latex appliances you need to create a one-of-a-kind look. They have complete FX kits for novices, as well as supplies for industry professionals.