Friday, 14 October 2011

What The Hell Happened to Halloween?


October, the month where the leaves turn brown, the air becomes colder, it get's dark earlier than usual......The perfect setting for the month that hosts every Horror fans favourite holiday...Halloween.


The shops get stocked up full of creepy masks, toys, sweets. Kids are picking out pumpkins to carve, costumes to wear, even the TV schedule gets filled up with Horror films and TV shows Halloween specials...Well at-least that's how it used to be!



Over the last few years something very strange has happened, the trick or treater's have gotten lazy, the Halloween specials have trickled away, TV's rarely show any Horror films and when they do they're heavily edited or child friendly (which I dont mind, but after 9pm it should be adult). Also shops have started stocking Xmas stock alongside Halloween stock. WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?


It seems that Halloween is starting to be overlooked by consumers and businesses. If you live in the UK you'd know what I was on about, It seems other countries, especially USA, still love Halloween, but here in the UK, it seems more of just another day of the week.


So the big question is, is Halloween dead? to me it seems so, but I'm just one person, I still LOVE Halloween, I always will, it's my favourite time of year, but to society, it seems to be six feet under.

10 comments:

  1. This is something that I have noticed, too. I noticed it most definitely in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks. I feel that horror helps us examine the darker parts of life from the safety of our own homes or theater seats and is absolutely vital to teach people to come to terms with that kind of horror when they are forced to deal with it i their real lives. To me, it's the equivalent of giving a child a pet to teach them, ultimately, to be able to cope with death. Rape, murder, torture, and horror aren't things that exist only within the confines of film and television. For me, that makes Halloween just as important as Christmas or any other holiday, but who am I kidding? Halloween will always be my favorite.

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  2. As a American, I'm still not happy how it's going over here. It's so soft and sweet. All about candy and only for kids. Halloween use to be an adult only holiday in early america, but now most are "too old" for it. It is a day to celebrate death. But no, there also this the whole Halloween is evil bit that goes on over here. And to see Horror films people have to watch special tv channels that aren't public. Honestly, I prefer Halloween over Christmas or Thanksgiving.

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  3. I'm with you both, I can relate with both of you to a certain degree, but we all live in different countries. It seems it's worse than what I wrote. I have no problem with kids being involved, its fun for the whole family, but like I said after a certain time oeriod it should become adults only! Halloween taught me soooo much as a child, as a teenager and even now as an adult. It's more than just a holiday but its been watered down so much it's unreal. It no longer R-Rated it's PG!

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  4. And yes Halloween will always be my favourite too, along with every other Horror fan

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  5. i think kids arent trick or treating is due to the horrors u hear from razor in appple ot shit it hink cause of it and people are getting tired of halloween that what i think is happening to halloween but halloween to me will never die ill always celebrate it cheers* :)

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  6. Each year it seems to get worse, if it weren't for us Horror fans I wonder if it would still be a holiday?

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  7. Everything you described above is happening in the USA too. Halloween is just about done for. This saddens me to think of it but probably by the time our children are grown up Halloween will no longer exist. :(

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  8. This is the problem when gathering your info online. I thought it was just the UK, shame it's not :(

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  9. Agreed. As far as kids with trick or treating, Stranger Danger is the biggest issue you see it a lot in bigger cities. I think last year we got maybe 6 kids at our door? I remember being a kid and my dad would take us out, and we would get one piece of candy until the next day after parents had gone through it all. and we MADE our costumes. Up until the time I was 16, my mother was the best and helping us make all our costumes, or putting them together. (with the exception of the last year that I went with my mother, and still, the only store bought costume was scooby doo) My dad always told me he did not mind giving teenagers candy if they put the effort into their costumes instead of just showing up wearing bunny ears or cat ears and expecting candy. Lazy asses. LOL
    I trick or treated once in college when I was 18! Mind you I am short so most people thought i was in grade 8, but point being I put together my costume, did my makeup, and put the effort into it. I really did not care about the candy, I wanted to go out, see costumes, see done up houses and have fun.
    It is a shame how regressed it has become, Along my street last year I think there was maybe 5 houses decorated. Part of it is people cant be assed.

    To this day, I love zombie walks or parades, and the parents that take their kids to these, and help them make their costumes, YOU ROCK! I can only hope when I have kids they will be able to enjoy Halloween as much as I did.

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  10. It's a sad site to see the fun dwindle out of Halloween

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