Halloween: Why We Love It Despite The Haters

Monday, October 29, 2018


I have always loved Halloween. I remember trick or treating every year back when I was a child. It usually involved dressing in a bin bag with a plastic witches nose and a supermarket carrier bag to hold any sweeties. My brother would be wrapped in numerous rolls of toilet paper which would rarely last the night or wearing a cheap silly mask. It definitely wasn't as commercialised as it is these days, yet with the surge of popularity, people seem to be much more vocal about their hate for it. 


There hasn't been a part of my life where Halloween wasn't a big deal. Once I hit my teens and was 'too old' for trick or treating myself, my little sister was at the perfect age for me to take her out and be the 'responsible adult'. Then in my later teens when I was finally old enough to drink alcohol legally, I would look forward to a Halloween house party or dress up and hit the town with friends. It was always so much fun!! Now I have my own children and I continue to celebrate with them year after year, we do fun craft activities, pumpkin picking and carving, choose fun or scary costumes and hit the streets on Halloween for some traditional trick or treating. They get excited every October when they know it is almost Halloween and start planning their outfits.


Now what grates me is people accusing people like us of being beggars. At no point is anyone forced to join in and the majority of us will solely look for houses lit up with decorations and pumpkins so that we are greeted by others who celebrate and embrace the occasion. If anything it reinforces a sense of community. We tend to plan going as a group with friends so the children can all enjoy it together. So many times we have knocked doors to find friendly faces of teachers or fellow school parents, who you recognise but may not know personally. Sometimes we have actually stumbled upon the children's friends houses without realising and they love it! We also regularly knock on doors of elderly people who we know love to get involved. Some of these people rarely get visitors knocking and will pick up treats with their shopping because they love to see the joy on children's faces that one time a year. 

Of course I understand there are many people who get scared or anxious with people knocking on their doors all night and that isn't ok. This is why everybody should adopt the 'knock if it is obvious they are celebrating' approach. I would hate to think that we are upsetting anyone.  This year the children will be dressing up again, having a little party and most probably knocking a few doors. It will be another fun year to remember!

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  1. Our neighbourhood goes all out for Halloween with most houses decorating. The children know that if there is no pumpkin outside then not to disturb that house.

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    1. Glad it's not just me. I love the community spirit! I am hoping our new area will be Halloween friendly!

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  2. Halloween is huge in the US. We just recently went to Universal Studios where we went to their Halloween Horror Nights and it was amazing!

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    1. That sounds amazing! I did once go to Disneyland Paris around Halloween time and that was magical!

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