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Monday, October 31, 2011

Why I hate Halloween

I wasn't going to waste my time writing a Halloween post but I'm that annoyed that I have decided to write this afterall.

I hate Halloween. I don't "do" Halloween and I'm sick of hearing about it. This is Australia. There was no Halloween when I was a kid and that was a good thing.

I'm sick of getting up to answer the door. I'm tired of disappointing the neighbourhood children by saying, "I'm sorry, we don't  do Halloween." I'm fed up with copping abuse from teenagers. I am afraid someone will do something bad to our house or yard. I hate the niggling little voice inside that says "why are you being a scab just give them some lollies" but I will not yield.

Why don't Corey and I have lollies to give to trick or treates tonight? It's a matter of principle.
-We live in Australia
-Australia doesn't have a holiday for Halloween
-We don't have to do it just coz "everyone else" is doing it
-It's a stupid idea anyway, kids taking candy from strangers is not cool
-I don't agree with the supernatural stuff behind Halloween
-I don't wanna support the supermarkets with their heinous overmarketing.

There's also the issue of practicality. There are so many kids in our neighbourhood it would cost a small fortune to treat them all. I'm actually not joking, it's a very kid-populated area. By disappointing the first few kids we assume they will tell they their friends not to bother coming here. In doing this we hope to avoid late-comers (or repeat visitors in different masks - it happens) from waking the kids up.

Yes there is the small factor that I am in fact a scab. I don't want to buy lollies for kids when I didn't trick or treat as a kid and I won't let my kids do it either.

I don't want my little cherubs exposed to this stuff yet. I had to go the day without ABC for kids because they had a Halloween special on all day. My one and a half year old doesn't need to be spooked. I don't want her thinking sneaking up on people is funny or thinking demanding lollies is ok or thinking its ok to trash people's things. I don't want her to be frightened of monsters or demons or witches or the like either. 
The reason I hate Halloween the most is that it freaks me out, and now my daughter too. Alexis saw a girl covered in "blood" at our door and it totally freaked her out. We were just sitting at the table trying to eat dinner in peace when this girl turned up. 

The other visitors haven't been great either. A group of big burly teenagers wearing masks and carrying weapons is not my idea of what I want to answer my door to.

Some of you might be thinking its only one night, chill out. It's not really only one night though is it? The shops have had chocolate bars on display for a month. I'm trying to avoid chocolate because it passes through my milk and doesn't really agree with William. It's really hard to be self-controlled when it is staring you in the face. Don't even get me started on pester power. "Please! Please! *pointing*" - and that's just from my husband! 

At least it's almost over for the year.

Am I the only one who has been crushing the excitement of small children tonight? Does anyone else still maintain "we don't do Halloween, this is Australia"?     



At October 31, 2011 at 8:07 PM , Blogger Dorothy Krajewski said...

Have you tried putting a sign on your door? "No trick-or-treaters"?

All the kids around here have been extremely polite and well behaved. And they were having a ball. Mine did too when we went out for a bit. Met some neighbours, too.

At October 31, 2011 at 8:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just putting an alternative perspective out there. I too hate Halloween, and up until yesterday was prepared to turn the lights off early ignore the door and put a sign up. Then a friend shared with me an idea I just couldn't say no to! I went to koorong and grabbed an assortment of slinkies, pencils and balloons all stating Gods love. So this Halloween I have been answering the door with a massive smile and handing these out. On a day that came from pilgrim times in America, that has since been taken over not only by lollies, but for some by satanic ritual, I have been able to spread the good news with more children than have ever knocked on my door before. Sure it's a pain answering the door, and some of the kids are very obnoxious, but tomorrow when their sugar highs die down, and they look through their stash, those little reminders of Gods Love will remain. :-D I thank my friend for this idea, and just thought I would share an alternative perspective with you's

At October 31, 2011 at 8:31 PM , Blogger Natalie said...

I am the same as you! I didn't understand it when I saw trick or treat on tv or in books when I was a kid, and it doesn't have anything to do with the real idea of Halloween, except as an exercise in greed.

I'm not against Halloween - but I detest trick or treat and like you I have had mobs of teenagers at my door, barely stopping short of threats when I tell them we do not participate. And most of them in charge of a group of small children who do not need to be taught that if you don't get something for nothing you should victimise the person who didn't give you lollies. Create-A-Bully 101.

At November 1, 2011 at 4:22 AM , Blogger The Mother Experiment said...

Thanks for your comments everyone.

Dorothy: I'm glad you had a good time. My neighbours were not do courteous. I thought about a sign but it was dark and I thought leaving a light on would lure them over and disappoint them more.

Anon: great idea. Although my cynical reaction is that the lovely items you chose would simply be tossed aside, if one child paid attention to it then it would be worth it. Something to keep in mind for next year.

Natalie: I'm concerned about the impacts on young children too. Especially at a time when so many organisations are trying so hard to get the point of stranger danger across.

At November 1, 2011 at 6:27 AM , Blogger Debbie @ Aspiring Mum said...

I'm with you Karlee. I bet half the kids that participate in Halloween don't even know what it's about. My kids were so scared last year after someone showed up at our door wearing the mask from 'Scream'. I also resent having to buy lollies to appease someone just in case they want to cause damage to our house. (We've had our home egged in the past). This year I bought popcorn (10 packs for $2.50 from Big W) and attached a bible verse. I figured it was only a small thing, but possibly the only God-thing they may have read.


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