Saturday, October 12, 2013

Is Halloween Being Phased Out?

By Ellery Adams

It's October 12th and at my local craft store, the Halloween section has been compressed to one aisle to make way for the Christmas decorations. I love Christmas. I love decorations. But I also love Halloween. I always have. As a kid, I thought it was so cool that there was this one night to run around in the dark, dressed in costume, and collect candy. Being with my friends with the moon out and dozens of other kids racing about made me feel free and happy.

We also have a big Halloween parade at school. I remember the year I went as Lady Liberty and my arm got so sore holding up that dang torch, but I had a ball.

Neither of my kids can wear costumes to school. They trick-or-treat, but so many people turn their lights off or pretend not to be home.

To prepare for the haunted supper I hosted last night, I had to go to five stores to find enough decorations and tableware.

Is Halloween on its way out? 

How do you feel about the holiday? 


Love it or loath it? 

11 comments:

Book Dragon said...

you might have better luck shopping for Halloween items in June :-)

I love the holiday but without children to take around and dress up it isn't as much fun for me. Our church does something for the younger set so I can dress up for that, make goodies for the "dinner", and buy gobs of candy to hand out. I think the kids went around the parking lot six times before we ran out of candy. We even had kids stop by on their way around the neighborhood.

Aurian said...

Here in Holland Halloween is just started to be celebrated. Two years ago I was completely surprised when kids knocked on the door, dressed up, demanding candy. I did not have any! But last year I was more prepared, but notified only on the day before when I came home and saw my neighbours decorating the streetlights and their houses. So I had to throw something together fast, but at least I had candy prepared.
This year, I hope to find something to decorate the door and myself. The kids had a blast last year, but it was organised only in my street, for the streets kids. Never knew there were so many! The parents that were with them were dressed up as well. Lovely to see.

Vicki said...

If you have a Dollar Tree, they have lots of Halloween stuff. They tend to keep their Seasonal stuff through "the season" before they move it on out for the next season/holiday event.

Linda in MA said...

Sorry, I really don't like Halloween, never have. Hated dressing up as a kid and going from house to house with my siblings. I decorate my house for fall with fall colors and pumpkins but it's more of a harvest theme. I've slowly collected things through the years but a great store in our area for anything is the Christmas Tree Shops. They carry a lot of seasonal items.

Sandi Lewis said...

Unhappy that adults are taking over Halloween. I loved Halloween as a child, going around the neighborhood knocking on doors and seeing all the costumes around. Then after trick or treating, my friends and I would gather to hear ghostly stories on our local radio station.

Don't think that happens anymore. Parents scared that evil people will sabotage the candy.

Debbie S said...

I have to say that it is still full throttle here. The first couple years in our house we had to send someone out to get more candy because we were running out...we've learned we stock up well now. As for stores phasing out now, I work retail and yes we start condensing it now because most people decorating now, they won't need much more in a week. Most seasonal comes in one large shipment to last the season a few smaller ones to fill in.

Linda R said...

I loved it as a kid, and I love it as an adult. When the kids come to the door trick-or-treating, I get such a kick out of seeing their eager little faces! I give them bunches of candy!

caryn said...

We live in University City MO and it is in full force here. Schools have HALLOWEENparades and parties and kids trick or treat thrum junior high though parents are with most of them on the sidewalks or in the area. Our neighborhood has a parade with a fire truck around the neighborhood followed by a party the Sunday before. I'm chair of Spooky Saturday the Saturday before Halloween at the zoo where kids and their adults come and trick or treat to vendors around the zoo. We have entertain Kent as well. Several other cultural institutions do something similar.

IYamVixen2 said...

Nope, Halloween is alive (or living dead) and kickin' here in our neck of Colorado. We are slowly getting our decorations out and hitting the Halloween stores that pop up each year to put Lady K's costume together. Her elementary school has a costume parade the day of, no makeup or masks or weapon-looking items, but they can dress up and parade. I love Halloween.

tamanda said...

I'm in southwestern Ontario, (Canada) where we get all those beautiful fall colours and Halloween is still here, albeit in cycles. It depends on how many kids are living in the area. Schools are putting more restrictions on costumes, or not allowing them which puts a damper on the Halloween mood. Certain religions don't allow their kids to participate and it causes confusion for their friends who do. We are avid Halloween participators here in this house. There are lots of pumpkin patches just outside city (the schools still have field trips for little ones), Halloween Howls (same farms) for teens, and haunting tours at night for the older ones (in the older buildings throughout city). Although weather also has an impact. Last year we had two weeks of torrential rain (we had lots of colliding weather systems) and it dampened everyone's Halloween spirit. No pun intended. I believe that there will always be a few of us around so it will never be completely out of style. What's not to love about it?

JanetB said...

I think Hurricane Sandy had a strong affect on the holiday, it seemed to be phased out more this year. Halloween was a gaining on the Christmas holiday season before the storm hit last year.