It’s that time of year for people to dress up as their favorite fictional character and parade around public in hopes of getting candy, compliments, attention, or all three. Pumpkins are carved, candles are lit, and people flock to Walmart or Target to get the latest deals on a fat sack of candy.
College campuses across the country use this day as an excuse to dress up and get drunk. Not that they need an excuse. It’s college. Soon-to-be thirty somethings still grip on to their youth searching for costumes that remind them of childhood. Or their 20 year old debauchery. Whatever works right?
Halloween is here, and I don’t deal with it.
I don’t celebrate Halloween in any way, shape, or form. I see nothing celebratory about a day dedicated to ghosts, monsters, and death. However, in classic American fashion, people turn out in droves to celebrate this useless holiday.
Not me. If you ask me what I’m doing, then my response will be a standard nothing.
So, what am I supposed to do when someone wishes me a Happy Halloween?
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It is an strange custom but quite interesting to us outsiders. Though I can imagine why you wouldn’t want to join in. We have a few strange customs of our own that I’ve almost stopped participating.
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Yes, it’s a very strange custom. Truthfully, if you asked Americans what the origins of Halloween are a good lot of them would have no clue. It’s been so commercialized that people think it’s about costumes, candy, and scary movies.
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Awww Jarrod. Halloween is about my 2 and 5 year old learning to say “Trick-or-Treat” and THANK YOU. It’s about venturing out for a fun family activity. It’s about the once a year excuse of letting your kids learn the hard way that when you eat too much sugar you get a stomach ache. It’s about the little ones coming home early from trick-or-treating so they can help pass out candy to other kids. It’s about going through your candy the next day and deciding what you will return to the school to be donated to troops overseas. Not all of Halloween is bad. I was never allowed to dress up as a witch or demonic figure, and neither will my children. I will admit my one Halloween pet peeve though – middle school children knocking on my door in 100% street clothes and maybe a mask or headband expecting candy. There comes an age where Halloween is simply not for you, and maybe a family night of board games and passing out candy is more appropriate.
I appreciate good night of family fun. However, I never associate Halloween with such. The extent of my Halloween experience was dressing up as Bible characters for a church function. Even then we didn’t acknowledge Halloween as much as we learned about Jesus. I guess it’s what you make of it.
It’s what you make of it is exactly what I wanted to get across. At young ages I believe Halloween is innocent. When it is no longer innocent, it’s time to turn to family friendly activities. Thanks for taking the time to respond.
Of course! Thank you for taking the time to read 🙂