What’s happened to Halloween anyway? When I was a kid it used to be one of my favorite holidays, but is has certainly changed. I’m a fan of all things supernatural: ghosts, witches, vampires, cursed mummies, Frankenstein’s Monster, rattling skeletons, and spooky graveyards. I love a good ghost story! Love them! But as much as I love the supernatural I’m honestly not such a fan of serial killers. The slasher movie villains (Freddie, Jason, Michael Myers) and zombie cannibalism (shout out to The Walking Dead!) have turned fun Halloween into gross Halloween. Does anyone really like seeing fake chopped up human body parts strewn about on people’s lawns? Is that fun? And what are we celebrating anyway, murder? Dismemberment? It’s just a little confusing. And I sure don’t like seeing human bodies hanging from trees. Not to suddenly get serious but images of lynchings are a real trigger for me, not a proud moment in our country’s history, so folks, do me a favor and take those bodies down.
And while I’m in my cantankerous mood here’s another pet peeve. Celebrating Halloween used to take up a week, maybe two. Now it takes over all of October. It’s the second biggest holiday for decorations, and some Halloween die-hards are really slow to take them down. In fact, there’s always a day when, as I’m walking my dog, I spot a house with Halloween decorations still up and a house where the owners were eager to start the Holiday season early. It usually happens around the second week of November.
Well, that’s it for now. I’ve got some jack-o-lanterns to carve!