I'm an aspiring writer, but overall, I am an American who seeks a better America.
Here it is nearly the end of October of 2021. Today is October 29, 2021 that I start typing this article here of mine. I went outside today in the brutal rain to vote in an election. I would rather have stayed inside, because I absolutely hate the rain insofar as I find rainy-day people to be certifiable head cases. Then a thought came to mind, and the heavy rain didn't seem so bad to me. Wouldn't it be nice if a torrential rainstorm came and rained out Halloween? In other words, it would give me great joy for a strong rainstorm to force all the trick-or-treaters to stay home and leave me alone for a change. Unfortunately, no rain is in the forecast for Halloween, at least not where I live.
I know that those of you who have little kids or small grandchildren are going to be angry with me for publishing this article, and you might even lash back at me in some way or another. However, I find this entire ritual of kids going from door to door to beg for candy on October 31st of each year to be completely pointless. Have you ever noticed that we never seem to get rain on Halloween? Then on the rare occasion that there is precipitation on Halloween night, it is usually too light to keep those little brats from flooding the streets of our communities with their silly costumes that their parents probably bought them at Walmart.
It's almost as though Mother Nature cynically plans for the weather to be perfect on Halloween night so that nobody over the legal drinking age will be spared the agony of having to hand out candy every few minutes. I know what some of you who agree with me are going to say. Why don't you turn off all the lights in the front part of your house so that trick-or-treaters will think that you are not at home and they won't ring or knock at your front door?
I turn off all the lights in the front part of my residence on Halloween. However, it limits what I can get done in the evening when I want to have that time to myself. Even my television entertainment gets hijacked on Halloween night, because almost every television channel is showing the movie Halloween that Jamie Lee Curtis starred in, its sequels, its remakes and so forth. Okay, I'll be frank. I do like scary movies and science-fiction films. However, if Halloween got rained out from a torrential rainstorm, I would not need to turn off any lights in my residence, because no parent would allow for their child to go trick-or-treating in the pouring rain and get their garments soaked.
Moreover, why do I need to be buying candy to dole out to other people's children on October 31st every year? The fact of the matter is that I don't. However, I should have a choice on whether or not I want anyone's brat coming to my front door to trick-or-treat. Perhaps one of you could introduce me to a Native American who could teach me how to do a rain dance and get the sky to open up at 4:00 in the afternoon and rain in buckets on into the night on Halloween so that trick-or-treating will be cancelled altogether in my neighborhood. There has to be a way to shut down this nuisance of a ritual for at least 2021.
There are videos all over YouTube from people complaining about how they hate Halloween. Therefore, I guess I'm not alone in this regard. So far the video below is my favorite one among all of them.
A YouTuber Voices How He Hates Halloween
The YouTuber narrating the video above is British. Wait a minute. You mean to tell me that there are people in other countries who feel the same way I do about Halloween? It's nice to know that I can find like-minded people in other parts of this world who detest this so-called holiday as much as I do. If you live in a nation that doesn't celebrate Halloween, consider yourself lucky. Here in the land of milk and honey, there is no escape from it.
I never asked to sign on for this stupid holiday or whatever you want to call it. It's as though I am being held captive to some kind of tradition that I don't care about. Luckily, the doorbell at my front door has been out of order for some time now, but it still doesn't rid me of that one certain annoying feeling that I get in knowing that someone's brat may come knocking at my front door at any minute to ask that I put candy in his or her bag. Then when I don't answer the front door, who knows what these kids will do to my front door or my front yard? It would be better that Americans dropped this yearly ritual from our culture altogether. It's complete lunacy, because it's as though these brats take over your life for too many hours without you having a choice in the matter; and they're not even your kids.
Even American Parents With Small Children Boycott Halloween
Now, some of you may be wanting to ask me the two million-dollar questions. Do I have children? Am I a father? Well, the answers to those two questions are completely unnecessary, because many parents refuse to allow their small children to participate in Halloween. They do so, because they view Halloween as a pagan holiday that is connected to the occult.
No, I am not an evangelical extremist, but I do have to commend these devout Christians who boycott Halloween and disallow their small children to have any part of it. At least they have an excuse for not having to sit at their front door to hand out candy every October 31st, without being judged by others. I even stumbled across this one article that Clive Martin published on the Vice website. Whether this man is being serious or not in his article, I can't really say. However, I do have to give him credit that his article appears to resonate with much of what these devout Christians believe about Halloween.
If Mr. Martin was not being serious in his above-described article on the Vice website, you can still get a good idea of why these devout Christians feel the way they do about Halloween in the YouTube video below. The video below is from a religious group.
A Religious Take On 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Celebrate Halloween
Could the female narrator in the video above be serious about what she is saying or is she really someone like me who doesn't want to waste money buying candy every October to hand out at her front door on the last day of that same month? She certainly appears to have a good excuse for not participating in Halloween, and many religious people who do celebrate Halloween every year would still give her more respect for opting out of Halloween than they would to people with other excuses for doing so.
Interestingly enough, Mexico is a very Catholic and Christian nation, and they celebrate their equivalent of Halloween, which is called the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). There also seems to be a large number of Mormon families throughout our nation who celebrate Halloween. All you have to do is pull up the YouTube channels for Meet the Millers, April and Davey, the Mower Moments Vlog, Yawi Vlogs (also known as "The Tannerites"), The Good Bits (formerly known as "Our Spastic Family"), Shot of the Yaegers, The Shumway Show, and the McNeel Fam, just to name a few, and you will see that all of those Mormon families celebrate Halloween. All of those Mormon families actually live in Utah, which is at the center of the Mormon faith.
Now, I don't hate anybody's kids. I realize that they are our future. However, I don't want to be forced into partaking in a yearly ritual in which I have no interest. If retailers are going to invest so much money in selling Halloween costumes and Halloween candy every year, they should also invest in selling front-door signs that read, "No Trick-Or-Treating Allowed Here." It would be kind of like having a "No Soliciting" sign on or near your front door. Of course, they wouldn't do it, because they know that they would be sabotaging their own profits. They want everyone to believe that Halloween is mandatory and that there is no way out of it with the exception of turning off all the lights in the front part of your residence, which is a real drag.
The video above may be more of a subjective opinion regarding what Halloween is rather than an actual account of how it came into existence and what the initial purpose of it was. However, the video below will provide you with an accurate historical breakdown of it.
The Hidden History Of Halloween
The video above never mentions anything about the origins of Halloween being woven into Satanism in any way, shape, or form. Because Halloween had Celtic origins and Irish, Scottish, and Welsh people are, for the most part, devout Christians, it is hard to imagine that anyone who celebrated this tradition had intentions of involving themselves with the devil, so to speak. On the other hand, there is brief mention of this tradition being a pagan one in the video above. In any event, it appeared that church officials had a significant amount of involvement in the Halloween tradition from the time that it first took root in the Celtic culture.
Partaking In Halloween As A Child Does Not Indebt Anyone To Doing So As An Adult
Okay. I know that some of you out there with little kids and small grandchildren are going to ask me the next million-dollar question. Did I partake in Halloween during my childhood? I must admit that I did, but I take no shame in feeling the way that I currently do about Halloween.
Back when I was a little boy, our nation lived in different times. Unlike now, there weren't reports of missing children floating all over the place and being displayed everywhere on television back when I was a child. You heard so very few stories back then about kids receiving candy that had been tainted with dangerous objects or chemical substances that just about everybody trusted one another.
Even watching Charlie Brown receive rocks in his trick-or-treat bag shocked me and many children upon watching the cartoon titled It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown that appeared on television every year whenever Halloween was approaching. Back then none of us could believe that any adult could ever be so cruel to do something like that to a child. However, nowadays, parents and their kids would watch this same cartoon and say that Charlie Brown was lucky that rocks were all that he received in his trick-or-treat bag, because he could have received something poisonous or something that had sharp objects inside of it that could have sent him to the hospital after consuming them.
Even after the Chicago Tylenol murders made headline news throughout the United States of America and was being reported all over the television media, children were still experiencing a certain innocence about Halloween. All you have to do to see what Halloween was like back in those days is watch the Halloween scenes in the movie titled E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and you'll get some idea of what trick-or-treating was like back then.
After I graduated from high school and left home to live in New York City, I had no more excessive exposure to the Halloween tradition each year for a long time. I resided in a secure apartment building in Elmhurst, Queens, and no trick-or-treaters came ringing at the front door of my building to ask for candy. During those four years that I lived there, I got somewhat accustomed to not having to worry about buying Halloween candy every October.
Upon moving to Los Angeles, I did rent an apartment that was in a building with easy access. I only remember answering my front door one time to hand out Halloween candy at the outset of my tenancy there, and the girl who rang at my front door looked a little too old to be out trick-or-treating. I ended up having to eat the rest of the bag of Halloween candy I had purchased, because no more trick-or-treaters came to my front door afterwards.
I eventually stopped buying Halloween candy every year, because no trick-or-treaters came to my front door once my apartment building got a sophisticated security system. I scratched Halloween off my list of holidays to celebrate from that point on.
What stood out so vividly regarding my memories of Halloween in Los Angeles was this one nurse named Pearl at my doctor's office. She was from Trinidad, and she admitted to me that she hated Halloween. She complained that Halloween was usually an invitation for crime and violence, and she was right.
Now that I live back in the area where I grew up, I cannot seem to get away from Halloween. Kids are everywhere outside once the sun starts going down on Halloween evening. Who would ever think that I would suffer from a culture shock upon moving back to my hometown?
Traditions and rituals come and go. I see no reason why our nation cannot drop Halloween from our culture. Besides, kids don't need to be eating sugary sweets that can only ruin their teeth. Yeah, yeah, I know. I don't like buying Halloween candy, and I especially don't like sitting at my front door to hand it out on October 31st. Then again, why should I complain? I do everything to avoid it anyhow. Life would be easier if I didn't have to think about it at all. Please go away, Halloween!
Even if Halloween is only once a year, once is one time too many for me. At least give people like me a way of opting out of this stupid tradition so that I don't have to turn all the lights off in the front part of my residence to keep the neighborhood kids away from my front door.
Call me selfish. Call me anti-child if you wish. However, I believe that if every American has the right to opt out of other holidays and traditions, they have the right to opt out of Halloween.
I am curious to find out what all of these hardcore Christians who refuse to celebrate Halloween do to keep trick-or-treaters away from their front door. Do they also turn all the lights off in the front part of their residence? Or do they go out dining somewhere until the entire Halloween ritual is over? They probably only share their tactics in doing so with one another, but it would be interesting to find out how they avoid being held as captive participants to this nonsense.
I know that I am not the only one who detests Halloween. Some employers have adopted internal policies in which someone can be accused of sexual harassment if they pinch someone for not wearing green on Saint Patrick's Day. In other words, they have found inventive ways to help their employees opt out of Saint Patrick's Day. Therefore, why can't our elected officials come up with some way for anyone to opt out of Halloween?
There must be some kind of escape path provided to everyone who wants no part of Halloween. I suppose if someone were to invite me to a Halloween party in the near future, perhaps my perspective of it would change for the better. Well, I still wouldn't like the idea of having to purchase Halloween candy every year and expend hours of my valuable time handing it out to children I don't even know.
As I said at the beginning of this article of mine here, the entire problem would be solved if we were to receive a torrential rainstorm that continued on from 4:00 P.M. to midnight every Halloween. Perhaps I could move to Seattle. They get a great amount of rain in that town. It probably never rains there on Halloween either. What am I to do?
I beg that nobody wishes me a happy Halloween, because I loathe that day of the year. Instead, educate me on how to take Halloween completely out of my life with more inventive ways to do so beyond turning off all the lights in the front part of my residence. I would just love for once to turn on the television, watch the news, and hear the news reporters inform that Halloween has been cancelled this year. No such luck.
A Poll For Americans Who Have A Strong Opinion About Halloween
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