Happy Halloween ?!? What the…

in Holiday, Spending

When I was growing up, Halloween was a time for kids to make a costume (or have their mother make them one), go out, get some candy, collect some UNICEF and then feel sick for a week (and make their dentists much richer). There was 1 Halloween special and that was the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, and people gave apples (plain and candied) and other tasty home-made goodies. You carved a pumpkin with triangle eyes, and jagged smile and a candle lit it.

For a while Halloween fell off my radar, mostly, but then I had kids and Halloween returned, but now:

  • Costumes are mostly bought (for a significant cost)
  • You have to decorate your house (no half measures either, if you don’t spend at least 3 days setting up your house you are some kind of loser)
  • You must buy tonnes of candy
  • Going to work in costume is normal (although I must admit the various salacious costumes I have seen are quite entertaining)
  • You must spend a day carving an image of Jack Nicholson from The Shining onto your pumpkin.
Happy Halloween
My Actual Front Door from a few years ago

The amount of money that can be spent on this day (no it’s not a holiday either) is astounding. All of this in the shadow of American Thanksgiving and of course the Big C (we shall not say Yuletide’s real name just yet (it is a Yang worship word)).  It used to be my wife and I could easily blow upwards of $300 on a small part of this, but we have curtailed it all back to not very much (and we usually end up eating most of the candy we buy, since we don’t have many visitors).

What do I do on Halloween, if I am not a true Halloweeny? I wish my daughter Happy Birthday, I wish my in-laws a Happy Anniversary, I give out some candy, and watch my son go out trick or treating, and that is enough.

Happy Halloween ?!?

Bah Humbug to Yet Another Hallmark Holiday (with my apologies to the various Witches, Wickens and Druids that view this as a holy day).

{ 5 comments }

  • Big Cajun wife November 2, 2011, 9:51 AM

    Well if you would like to move All Saints Day November 1st, All Hallows Eve will always be on October 31st.

    BCW

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  • UltimateSmartMoney November 1, 2011, 9:00 PM

    Why can’t Halloween be always on Friday or Saturday. Being on a school day makes it that much difficult for the kids. Is there a reason why the Halloween is always on the 31th?

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  • Savings October 31, 2011, 10:31 PM

    In the economic situation that we are in today it would be a smart idea to celebrate halloween in the same way that it was done years ago. If a person were to save everything that they spent on halloween, over the course of a lifetime you would be able to save thousands. Of course the halloween expenses aren’t 100% preventable because i’m sure that you’ll want to give candy out to the kids, but if you cut back on that, and make homemade costumes you’ll have a nice savings!

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  • krantcents October 31, 2011, 11:38 AM

    My children are grown and we do not do anything for Haloween. I live in a gated community and no trick or treaters stop by. Don’t feel sorry for me, it is nice and quiet.

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  • Sustainable PF October 31, 2011, 7:22 AM

    As lil’ SPF is 1 month and 2 days old we’re skipping Halloween this year. Just too much work (our house had over 100 kids last year – new neighbourhood is awesome!). I’m not big on candy distribution, and the cats + dog always try to flee when the door opens … next year! (and boy, did we save money by opting out!)

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