I blame retailers for enabling my pre-Halloween celebrations
There’s nothing wrong with the way I grew up. I rode backwards in the station wagon, we only had two TV channels and Halloween only lasted one day. We made our costumes, carved our pumpkins, and trick-o-treated all on Halloween night.
When did people make Halloween a month-long celebration? And by people, I mean me. And by a month, I mean three months.
As soon as the last fireworks light up the sky on the Fourth of July, I start thinking about Halloween. I’ve been known to come home from the fireworks display and surf eBay for costumes.
Retailers are total enablers when it comes to my penchant for prematurely celebrating the holidays. They think they are being so sneaky by stocking the Halloween candy on the top of the shelves above the school supplies, but I see it. I know it’s there.
I heard somewhere that candy manufacturers start making Halloween candy at Easter and Easter candy at Halloween. So, by the time the candy gets to the store, it’s already six months old! For some reason, the thought of eating six-month-old candy doesn’t bother me. I start buying bags of Halloween candy the minute it hits the stores. It’s a labor of love I perform for the children. I like to test all the candy before I hand it out.
Costumes have changed a lot, too. I remember my fairy princess costume consisting of my mom’s pink nightgown and a crown made of tin foil. I never had a store-bought costume growing up. I’m not complaining. Half of the fun of Halloween was dreaming up costumes from what I could find at home.
I haven’t followed suit with my own kids, though. Not only do my kids have store-bought costumes, but they also have Halloween outfits. That’s right, Halloween outfits! Again, I blame the retailers. They’re making them and I am buying them!
Inevitably, the Halloween t-shirts are worn a few times before the actual day of Halloween. I don’t buy any Halloween t-shirts with orange on it, that way they can be worn longer. After Halloween it becomes just a cool, gray shirt with spiders on it. See how that works? It’s brilliant, I know.
Things have also changed for what you collect your candy in. Do you remember collecting Halloween candy in a paper bag or the pillowcase off your bed? Now they sell glow-in-dark Halloween pillowcases! Who are the marketing geniuses coming up with this stuff?
Which reminds me, I made the mistake of only buying two glow-in-the-dark pillowcases and I have three kids. So, I’m off to get another pillowcase, a couple more bags of candy corns and nuts… and some Christmas cards.