Holidays are always important to kids in art therapy, perhaps none more so than Halloween. It’s a chance to take part in the fun and ritual of costumes, masks, and candy. But it’s also a chance for them to express the negative feelings and experiences that impact them. Some of the Halloween images I’ve seen over the years have eloquently depicted the internal and external violence in a child’s life, the good vs. the bad self, the ghosts of lost parents, and more.
In this way, Halloween manages to be a ton of fun while simultaneously honoring the emotional process. Here are some Halloween images created by kids in art therapy.