Not quite sure where it came from; this ghoulish fascination with Hallows Eve. 50 years ago it was just basic costumes with trick or treating. It has now become a mainstream holiday which seems a long ways from its pagan roots, as Samhain, a celebration of remembering the dead. Perhaps part of the more recent traditions can be traced back to Guy Hawkins.
Whatever the reasons it’s gone a bit crazy over the top! Forbes reported $7.6 billion spent on Halloween celebrations in 2013. Now I’m sure that these are American numbers but still. Wow and whoa. How did it become the fourth most celebrated holiday after Christmas, thanksgiving and Easter?
For the past five years my husband’s soccer team had put on a Halloween dance as a fundraiser. It is amazing the lengths people will go to as far as costumes go. It’s a great event and very successful with a live band, door prizes and costume awards. They donate the proceeds to a worthy cause every year. So even we are adding to that economic number. I’m always amazed at how much effort people will put into costumes.
I don’t miss living in the city and doing the door to door trick or treat night. It was always so hit and miss how many kids would show up. We usually dressed up the house and the front yard. Our son usually got into the spirit; so much so that he scared the wits out of a few young girls in his day! He appears to be going all out again in his own space.
To date, living in the county, we’ve had one family show up and I forgot to buy candy that year! I always make sure I buy stuff Ron likes so it doesn’t go to waste. If I buy what I like it goes to my waist which is already not my favourite anatomical part of me; as evidenced in our costumes.
The first couple of years we all went as soccer players. Then Ron and I switched to scrubs; borrowed for the night. It always needs to be a practical costume as we run the bar, do the food services and clean up at the end of the night. This year a few of the team planned ahead and have gone as the characters from Gilligan’s Island. Albeit a tad more middle aged than they were!
Got to go. Lull in action is over; time to dance the night away and then sweep the floors and clean up the bar and …..