Why I Don’t Like Halloween (40-D Challenge, Day 26)

 (Taken from my old blog site, here I discuss why I do not like Halloween. Part 6 of 14)
It’s the last day of October, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of the cold, autumn-winter season with Halloween?
Not me.
 
As a child, I did not particularly enjoy Halloween. It wasn’t that I hated it; I just never understood why people would put all of that effort into costumes, decorating houses, and trick-or-treating. Specifically, I did not understand why people would go through all of that money for a single night of the year.
I remember during elementary school we were obligated to dress up and parade around the school grounds with our teachers and classmates. Instead of being fun, it was stressful: not only I did not have ideas for who I wanted to be, but also the trouble of buying the costume, which was probably going to be too small for me to wear for the next Halloween. My Tigger costume at age six definitely did not fit me at age seven. I was a growing kid, all right?!
Also, trick-or-treating has got to be one of the most inane things that I did as a kid. I like candy, but the fact that I had to go out at night to some stranger’s house to demand candy seemed like extortion. Weird as it sounds, I felt uncomfortable announcing “trick-or-treat” at the doorstep. Afterwards, I would come home and end up wasting 90 percent of the candy, because I didn’t even like most of them. I remember that I would only save the Reese’s cups, Kit-Kats, Twix, and Crunch bars, and throw away the rest (after, like, a month of being in the cabinet. Gross.).
One neighbor in particular once gave me a bag of popcorn. Unopened, not popped. I was, like,WTF?! Talk about laaame.
On the flip side, as I grew older and stopped trick-or-treating, I detested answering the door for trick-or-treaters. The worst part was that some came in packs, droves of tiny five-year-olds in princess and Batman costumes. It took forever to get them off the porch. Some were even rude, saying things like, “I don’t like that candy,” implying that I should give them some other brand. Sweetie, I spent 20 bucks on this generic, mass-produced junk. The fact that I used my own money to please your princess ass should mean something. So take the goddamn candy! Maybe this is why I am so bitter today…
I also remember some high schoolers “trick-or-treating.” They didn’t even dress up and demanded candy! Their smug, laughing faces as I tossed a Hershey square or candy corn into their school backpacks pissed me off so much. God, I hate children. By the 10th grade, I had locked the gates of my house and turned off all the lights to show that no one was welcomed. Too bad, kids.
Granted, one could see Halloween as a day for the community to come together and get acquainted with each other. One could see Halloween as a day for self-expression, donning fabulous and extravagant costumes to show off one’s artistic flair. One could view Halloween as a day for “free” candy, as well as a boon to our economy.
Yet, one could see Halloween as a fetishization of death, instilling the concept of murder and fear in people’s minds, as blatantly depicted in the numerous slasher-horror films that come out on this day. One could see Halloween as an opportunity to get drunk and vandalize the neighborhood, which is ironic considering that October is “Safety Awareness Month.” One could also view Halloween as a huge waste of money, for a single night of carousing in the dark.
Happy Halloween, or not.
– The Finicky Cynic
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9 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Like Halloween (40-D Challenge, Day 26)

  1. Haha this was fun to read. I’m pretty indifferent about halloween, mostly because I’m not a candy person and I also found it to be wasteful. We eventually got to the point where we put a candy tray out in the house for guests to take. Luckily, my best friend and her cousin (my boyfriend now) are candy maniacs so the candy never got gross and old!

    I usually spend my Halloween at Halloween Horror Nights or something of the like, at least I get to be scared! =]

    Happy unHalloween!!

  2. Pingback: Happy…Halloween?! (40-D Challenge, Day 27) | The Finicky Cynic

  3. Nienna

    I’m English and Halloween was a very low key thing for kiddies when I was a child in the 70s and early 80s. There was no trick or treating, no house decorating, and no costume creativity beyond wearing a witches hat or a sheet with eye holes in it for a ghost. We carved swedes or turnips, (no pumpkins that I remember), and there were some ghost stories at home or kiddies parties with apple bobbing and stuff, but that was about it. I had a great fear of ghosts and witches and horrors as a kiddie, with a huge problem having nightmares and night terrors about them, and had to avoid all ghost stories and pictures of witches, etc, and so I don’t think I would have been able to cope with all the horrifying decorations we have now – I’d have been insane with fear over it. But, I always adored dress up, so I feel I would really have greatly enjoyed the costumes and dress up. There’s a lot more Halloween celebrating here now, especially over the last decade. It’s more popular now here now than Guy Fawkes Night on the 5th November, which was huge when I was a child, next only to Christmas, and which I have very happy memories of and miss.

    1. That is interesting to hear! I am surprised that Halloween wasn’t a huge thing a few decades ago, but perhaps the popularity of it today is due to the increase in commercialism (aka boosting the economy). Halloween is definitely geared towards children, although I can say that some adults enjoy it as well. I admit that some find it fun dressing up and getting candy, but for me, such activities never really interested me. It’s true, though, that people still love Halloween because of the nostalgia factor, and for that, I think it’s nice.

      1. Nienna

        I think it partly is due to increased commercialism since the 70s and 80s, but maybe mostly because our big celebration of Guy Fawkes Day, aka Bonfire Night, was only 5 days later, and everyone made so much of that in those days. It’s Bonfire Night I feel nostalgic about! We children would spend a couple of weeks collecting firewood etc for our bonfires, make a Guy and wheel it around asking people for money for it, and so look forwards to the fireworks. And, the fireworks would all be so magical, as we stood around all snuggly dressed in the cold, waving our sparklers, and the mums would bring out cheesy jacket potatoes, and savoury foods like hot sausages in bread rolls, and all the traditional foods of parkin, (oatmeal & black treacle cake), treacle toffee, (like a black molasses flavoured toffee), and toffee apples. And, all the neighbours would come out, and we’d all enjoy it together as a community. It was fab. But health and safety rules got so concerned at all the fire and fireworks damage each year and big organised firework displays in parks started to replace people having their own bonfires and fireworks in their own back gardens and little neighbourhood parties, and I think that’s why Bonfire Night has become less popular in recent years as it’s just not the same. So Halloween parties to some extent have started to replace them.

      2. That’s too bad. Guy Fawkes Night sounds like a fun holiday, and I do agree that it’s a shame that it is not-as-celebrated anymore, do to the increased popularity of Halloween. Time changes, but it’s good that the memories are still there, and can be passed along to future generations later on.

      3. Nienna

        Absolutely 😃 Nothing stays the same and each generation has it’s own pleasures. I hope the kiddies out treat and treating in our neighbourhood tonight enjoy their Halloween as much as we did Bonfire Night. They seemed to be doing so and there were lovely decorated houses around.

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