Halloween is not a season, so just stop it

September 12, 2007

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You've got to be kidding me on this. One of my neighbors has put a Halloween-themed doormat outside his door. It has ghosts and bats and jack-o-lanterns and orange and black. It screams "Halloween" — nearly as much as it screams "stupid."

It's bad enough that Christmas season now starts at the ridiculously early date of Nov. 1. Unless I'm remembering wrong, there was a time in my lifetime when Christmas season didn't begin until after Thanksgiving. Now the Christmas-related ads start as soon as Halloween is over.

And now we have people who think that Sept. 9 — repeat, Sept. 9 — is early enough to start in on Halloween? Please. This madness has to stop.

Listen, people. Halloween is not a season. It's barely a holiday, because no one gets off work. It's a chance for kids to go out and get candy, and for adults (who don't have kids) to go out and get drunk. I personally have not celebrated Halloween for a very long time. I doubt I will again until I have kids.

But even then, I will never condone Sept. 9 as a start date for Halloween "season." Hell, I won't even condone Oct. 9. I'll give you the week of Halloween, and that's it. The only reason I give you the entire week is because people who have parties might want to do it on the weekend prior to Oct. 31. Otherwise, I would only give you the day itself.

How did Halloween become this overhyped, overlong ... thing? Probably corporate lobbyist trying to sell candy and costumes.

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6 comments on this post

    A friend of mine had their work Christmas party LAST WEEK. Sometimes I understand genocide.

    It's at times like these that Jehova's Witnesses start to make more and more sense.

    Can someone explain why for a couple of nights a year, it is suddenly acceptable for children to walk around the streets at night, knocking on strangers' doors, begging for money and food? If I gave sweets/candy to a kid on any other day of the year, I'd be arrested. Laxative chocolates are the way to go. Or whole bags of sweets with artificial sweetener like Aspartame, so they eat 5times the daily recommended amounts, and spend the night on the toilet. Here in the UK we don't have a huge Halloween 'thing', although it is getting worse each year. I've seen the kind of thing Jammer is talking about on TV and it does seem seriously over the top. Ironically I don't have a problem with the whole christmas 'thing' as being an atheist I love christmas for what it is: A commercial extravaganza of consumerism. Do Hallmark sell Halloween cards? If they do, then there is your answer. I recently picked up a couple of Hallmark "Happy Neutered Pet Day" cards. September 23rd in case you didn't know.

    Personally, I like the holiday season, but this year it seems to have come ridiculously early, bypassing Halloween altogether. An Apple e-mail I recently got touted early ordering for iPods as stocking stuffers. Noah's Bagels has posters for using them to cater holiday parties. At the time, September had barely started!

    My mother and I went to a party supply store, and (I kid you not) I saw Halloween-themed stuff on parts of the store. And the date was AUGUST 11th!

    BTW, point taken. Seasonal sales are starting too early, aren't they?

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