Happy Halloween

Tis the day that children look forward to all year long. The day where they aren’t just permitted but encouraged to run around the neighborhood and load up on free candy.

What a goofy tradition.

I’m not quite sure how bags of candy evolved from a pagan celebration that involved talking with ghosts on the night of the year where they supposedly walked the earth. So, as often happens when I’m curious, I looked it up. You know what happened? In the late 1800s a bunch of Americans thought all this nonsense about talking with the ghosts and using the night when “the lines were blurred between the living & the dead” as an excuse to make mischief was ridiculous. But instead of doing away with the holiday, they decided to keep the excuse to celebrate by making it more family-friendly. Instead of dressing up like dead people, they encouraged people just to dress in silly costumes. Instead of having poor people beg from door to door for cakes in return for prayers for the dead, they encouraged kids to go door to door and beg for treats.

So now I know a little more and I still think Halloween is a goofy tradition. And one that’s gotten ridiculously out of hand. Here are some numbers on Halloween from CNN:

  • Consumers will spend $8 billion this Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation. (that’s a lot of cheddar!)
  • 71.5: Percent of Americans who plan on celebrating Halloween this year. (How do the other 28.5% get away with skipping the holiday?)
  • 41 million: Potential trick-or-treaters ages 5-14. (or in my town ages 2-18)
  • $79.82: Amount Americans will spend on candy, costumes, and decorations.

Oh I’m no Halloween scrooge – my light will be on. I’ve got bags of good candy – not the cheap stuff – waiting to be poured into bags. I’ll see at least 200 trick or treaters before my night is over. I’ll enjoy seeing the little ones that are so excited to be dressed up. I’ll enjoy seeing my own gang of kids dressed up and wearing big smiles. I decorated and all that jazz.

But between you & I – I have a hard time getting excited about this holiday.

4 thoughts on “Happy Halloween

  1. This morning, one of my coworkers said, “I wish I could just hand out toothbrushes on Halloween” and my other coworkers and I reacted in horror. I thought of you, so it made me laugh when I came here and read this. I personally have a crazy love for this holiday, but I am often alone in my feelings of not so strong love for Thanksgiving. 😉

  2. I tried really hard to not get into Halloween. It really isn’t my favorite holiday. In fact I mentioned, that since we purchased $40 worth of candy, I could just hand the bags to my three kids and have them divvy it up and then they would all have candy with a lot less work! I think my older two would have gone for it. But, I forget, sometimes, that just because my older two are “old” doesn’t mean that my youngest isn’t still excited. So he gave me sad puppy eyes until we carved our pumpkins last night and I went shopping for and found him the perfect ninja costume just two days ago. And he will be totally hopped up on candy for the rest of this week.

    1. Poor youngest brothers. When the older two were 8 the whole house was still excited about Halloween. Another thing for the youngest to add to his future therapy bill.

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