It’s starting already

As everyone knows, yesterday was the first of October.

Of course, it immediately started with a vengeance. I received emails for Halloween ‘specials’. A flyer came through the door, advertising a local supermarket. Pumpkins were on sale, and already reduced.

Some bloggers were starting early too, mentioning special ‘scary’ film posts, building up to the supposed wonder of Halloween.

Then I went out late afternoon, to do my usual ‘big shop’. I could have been very confused. I may well have believed it was already the 30th, not the 1st. Costumes on sale, alongside socks with pumpkins on them, tights with skulls printed on them; witches’ hats, plastic brooms, and tubs of sweets for trick or treat. Once I got to the food aisles, I discovered a new phenomenon, ‘Halloween Food’. It seems that multi-packs of sausages, large boxes of oven-ready nibbles, and various designs of chicken bites, are all now required eating on the 31st.

The long confectionery section was also laden with ‘special’ boxes and packets. The same old sweets and biscuits, their wrappers in fancy dress, to cash in on Halloween. Obviously, a chocolate wafer biscuit is more appealing if it has a cartoon pumpkin on the wrapper, dressed as a witch. That makes them taste better, I’m sure.

OK, I am an old grump, and I hate Halloween. For someone of my age, in England, it is relatively new, and did not feature here at all, until I was in my late thirties.
But come on, consumers. Are you really going to keep falling for this crap every year?

Sadly, I suspect you are.

76 thoughts on “It’s starting already

  1. I don’t mind Halloween so much, what does my head in is Christmas starting in summer. According to the advertisers, it starts earlier every year. This year it started in August. Next year, it’ll be July. Soon it’ll be Christmas all year round and will lose any meaning it ever had.

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  2. I agree with you, Pete. Yet, had you been a child trick-or-treating, you might not feel quite as strongly as you do. When Christmas hoopla starts the day Halloween is over, I want to throw up my hands in despair.

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    1. If we had the same tradition when I was young, then I wouldn’t have known any different. But it was a ‘late import’, and just unnecessary. 🙂 We have since ‘imported’ ‘Black Friday’, and ‘Cyber Monday’.
      I feel just the same about those two.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. On a more positive note, I used to help set up and run the Halloween haunted house at school (I was a teacher at the time). Over the years, I’ve taken young children of friends and family around neighborhoods on Halloween night. And, of course, I grew up trick or treating. For kids, Halloween is part of a trifecta that also includes Christmas and the Fourth of July.

    BUT, I will readily admit that rampant in-your-face way-too-early commercialization has made a lot of people cynical about these special days. And rightly so.

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  4. My grandkids love Halloween and so did my daughters. It gives them a chance to parade around in wonderful, imaginative costumes – which they choose and put together. Also to collect mounds of candy which is then hidden and mostly thrown away or eaten by parents! Anyway it’s actually so fun to see the kids – all of them in their costumes and their make believe!

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  5. I noticed yesterday there were police cars near the Mandalay Bay, and that the area was cordoned off. Then I remembered that the Route 91 Harvest music festival on October 1, 2017 was the scene of a mass shooting that left 58 dead. A grim reminder that frightening things really do happen in October.

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  6. Awwww…I love Halloween, Pete, It was exhilarating as a kid–almost as good as Christmas. And then, when our girls were young, so much fun. Our neighborhood has a block party, that’s where all those “oven nibbles” (I love that) and pumpkin shaped biscuits come in handy. Our neighbor makes chili and caramel apples and our house is the “lights, sound and fog house”.

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    1. I understand it’s a long-held tradition for you and your country, Pam. But it didn’t really exist as a commercialised celebration here until comparatively recently. (Like baseball caps)
      So for me, it was a “Where did that come from?” moment. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. Our stores have had the candy and decorations out for Halloween AND Thanksgiving (not until the end of Nov.) for a while now. Makes we wonder just how old that candy really is by the time the kids get it!!

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  8. I love taking photo’s of the dressed up kids that come knocking. I agree the supermarkets go a bit too far, well a lot too far really, but I do like the tradition of it. It didn’t start in America you know, it comes from Ireland originally.

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    1. I know it is an ancient Celtic tradition, FR. But we imported the commercialised aspects of it from America, along with baseball caps. That’s the bit I don’t like. 🙂
      As I admitted, I can be an old grump when it comes to such things…
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. I’m glad I’m not there. Having split and deseeded more than 400 pumpkins in the last couple of weeks then if I saw another one I would likely be looking for a shopkeeper to plant it on 🙂
    Bring back mischief night, window taping, garden sneaking, knocking on the door and running away, and if anyone mentions the Quink ink in the Capsticks swimming pool, it wasn’t me 🙂

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    1. I always did Penny For The Guy as a kid. That was a long-standing tradition, to get money to buy fireworks. The last time I saw some kids with a guy was in London, around 1999. They were asking “A pound for the guy”. Inflation seems to have priced that out of the market, BF. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  10. Halloween hasn’t been huge here before either, except for the past few years. I’m not really a big consumer in the fact that I go out of the way to buy things. But I like it for watching some horrormovies, and a few years back I organised a Halloween weekend for my folks, where we would just do that and enjoy some food and good company. Other than that…I don’t really buy into the whole consumer part (but that’s pretty much every holiday these days, Christmas, Valentine’s Day…etc.). Guess these days there is no avoiding it anymore.

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    1. I really don’t mind Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter Eggs, or birthdays. They have always been a part of my life. But I think the Halloween consumer-fest should have been left where it belongs. In America. 🙂
      Best wishes, Pete.

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