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.
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).