Many haunted moons ago, Halloween night was one of the most exciting and anticipated nights of the year for me and the rest of the neighborhood munchkins.  The smell of leaves and a cool nip was in the air.  We would gulp down our dinners impatiently and wait for it to get dark enough to go trick-or-treating.  Back then, it had to be dark.  That made it way more fun and scary.jack-o-lantern2

Most of the people I knew would go trick-or-treating only to houses of neighbors and people they knew.  We thought we were so slick in our cheap store-bought costumes, trying to fool the neighbor ladies as they guessed (or pretended not to know) who was behind our masks.  After they asked us in and played the guessing game and/or commented on how cute/scary/funny we looked, they would drop a full-size nickel candy bar into our plastic Halloween bag (today those candy bars would set them back about 79 cents each).  Then our parent would walk us to the next house.  Once in a while we would hear on the news about some poor kid that got a Halloween apple with a razor blade in it or some other scary thing, but since we knew everyone that gave us a treat, we never worried.  We happily gobbled up the homemade popcorn balls my piano teacher made every year, and ate the occasional apple without inspecting it.  It was just fun dressing up as something fun and different and trying to impress the neighbors with our cool costumes.  The treats were an added bonus.hershey

Where I live, trick-or-treaters still go door-to-door on Halloween night after it gets dark.  I’m glad for them.  Some of the areas around us make the kids celebrate the weekend before, or during the day.  It’s probably safer.  It just doesn’t seem so exciting. The people that make it unsafe for kids to celebrate Halloween like we did are just plain sick.  I can’t even talk about them.  There are two types of less distorted, yet somewhat scary folks that don’t seem to remember the innocent fun of Halloween night.  I call them the Halloweenies.

The first type of Halloweenie is the miserly old cheapskate that refuses to open the door and greet the little panhandlers.  I’m not talking about the poor old frail lady that has trouble getting out of bed, or the family that has hit hard times and just can’t afford the treats.  I know some perfectly well-to-do people that deliberately keep their lights out and refuse to answer the door because they’re just too damned cheap to spend a couple bucks on candy for the kids.  What makes it worse, a lot of these Halloween Scrooges had no problem waltzing their own little darlings from house to house when their kids were younger.  I can’t help but dislike this kind of person.scrooge

The other Halloweenie distorts this present-day holiday into something it never was and was never meant to be.  Like the cheapskates, they have every right not to answer their door if they don’t want to, but they sometimes carry it a little too far.   They forbid their own children to celebrate with the other kids, but they also condemn and complain about the families that enjoy this harmless annual fun.  They insist that Halloween is devil worshipping evil, instead of the innocent make-believe play that it actually is for the majority of us that grew up never knowing about real witches or associating Halloween with anything sinister.  They don’t even have their facts straight.  The ancient Celts that supposedly inspired our current day Halloween were attempting to appease their pagan gods to protect them from the dead and get them through the long dangerous winter.  I have never yet met a child that was praying to anyone on Halloween night except maybe to the good Lord to help them get lots of candy!

Let the kiddoes have some fun, you weenies.  You only get to be a child once.

15 Responses to “Halloweenies”

  1. 1 Cyndi October 30, 2009 at 1:49 am

    LOL – we always seem to write our posts at the same time and this time they’re both about Halloween.

    We have some scrooges in our neighborhood too. Give me a break. We live in the suburbs, infested with kids and it’s one freakin’ night.

    I also know someone in the 2nd category. She has gotten sucked into some weird church that actually believes Halloween, any sort of skull symbol, etc…are all evil, literally. It’s bizarre. She is letting her kids dress up but only in cute costumes and only because her husband put the smack down and insisted that she not ruin this fun tradition for their kids.

    • 2 les@mamaneeds2rant October 30, 2009 at 9:22 am

      Well, thank goodness someone in that marriage has some sense, Cyndi. And once kids get a certain age (especially boys) it’s gonna be really hard to sell them on that “cute” costume thing. lol I’m going to go check out your post, now. 🙂

  2. 3 Consuella Banana Hammock October 30, 2009 at 10:08 am

    i’m surrounded by people who think halloween is not something good, God-fearing folks should participate in. instead they offer fall festivals at their church. it is halloween with a different name. i appreciate their right to choose, this is america after all. reality is that there are people out there who use halloween as a night to inflict harm and we should never support that. but me letting my kids dress up and go door to door is in no way affirming that or condoning it. i’m not paying homage to satan by letting my children get bags full of candy! it just seems so clear to me….

  3. 5 evenshine October 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    I knew a family that would turn all their lights off and eat pizza on Halloween, cause it was, like, all Satanic and all. But surprisingly they had NO problem with a Christmas tree and lotsa gifts. Hmmmm….

  4. 7 Chris October 30, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    From Halloween to Fall Festival? Wasn’t “Hallowe’en” (All Hallows’ Eve) a Christianized adaptation of Samhain? Sorta like Easter is a Christian replacement for the feast of Ostara, and Christmas replaced the winter solstice. I thought the ACLU were the ones sterilizing holidays into bland seasonal festivals, really.

  5. 8 robinaltman October 31, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    It seems to be “the new thing” to condemn Halloween. I spent yesterday asking kids what they were going to be for Halloween, and handing out gummy eyeballs. One 6 year old told me that he doesn’t celebrate Halloween – “He prefers to go to church”. Wow. I still gave him a gummy eyeball.

  6. 10 Dawn November 2, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I’m short on sleep and afraid of what I really think when I consider all of the heathen, hypocritical, religious fanatics all at once.

    But thank you for recalling days past, when those dime store costumes were the bomb. My favorite one: Casper. I was five (once, a long long time ago) I will NEVER forget what makes holidays so grand and fun.

    My favorite treat was a nickel from my neighbors. The couple next to the neighbor who shooed us away from picking his plums.

  7. 11 Peldyn November 5, 2009 at 1:00 am

    We had maybe four or five trick-or-treaters at the house this year. It has been getting less and less and I am so disheartened. I bought tons of candy and my youngest daughter stayed by the door and I took the granddaughters out to trick or treat. At each house they got handfuls of candy because there were so few children out. The people who saw them at their door were so happy to see their smiling faces and to hear the three year old say in her sweet high voice “Happy Halloween”. One little old man nearly cried. She made his night.

    • 12 les@mamaneeds2rant November 5, 2009 at 9:50 am

      We keep getting fewer kids every year, too, Peldyn, but I think it’s just a shift in our neighborhood demographics. We used to get tons of older kids; now we get a few cute little ones with adorable costumes. And lots of leftover candy for me!

  8. 13 Davey November 7, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Most people in our neighborhood just turn their lights off too.

    What has happened to Halloween.

    I live in a city suburb so I guess you have to move to a small town.

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