What do I think about Halloween. I am totally on the fence about this one, on the one hand I really don’t like the fact that us Brits have adopted this American tradition, of, let’s face it dressing our kids up to beg for free sweets from strangers, something I spend a lot of time telling my kids not to do. This must confuse them.
On the other hand, I love it. I’m a father of three small devils and they get so excited about dressing up, scarring people and being allowed out in the dark (supervised of course). And let’s be honest, anyone with kids know it’s an easy win to wander round the streets for an hour and do very little with great results, what was it Gino said, “minimum effort, maximum results”.
However, there is one thing about Halloween in the UK that really upsets me, that’s right I said it, upsets (and I’m nearly a 40-year-old blokey). It’s the fact that hundreds, possibly thousands of young people in each town or city across the country get dressed up and head out on candy adventures only to find 90% plus of all the houses in absolute darkness. What, like Halloween is the only night that everyone either goes out or is in bed by 6pm, do me a favour. What other event in the calendar actually gets young people out into the community like this and what’s the result……… Miserable buggers ignoring them, yea great message to send to the young n’s, come on out into the community and nearly all of us will just pretend you’re not there. It is a direct representation of our communities at the minute in the UK, ‘I’m alright Jack, so sod the rest of you’. This needs to change, we need to change. This is definitely one thing that the US gets spot on. I didn’t realise it till I saw an Insta post from Everlast off of House of Pain (by the way you should really listen to his music it’s quality). Loads of kids and parents mingling and experiencing things together as a community. OK so it might not be a proper representation of all of America but you get the gist.
The UK seems so insular and down that we are too scared to care about each other anymore. It makes me worried about the future especially when I see my kids skipping and singing past 25 dark houses to go and knock on the one house with their lights on. They might be too young to notice but they must pick up on it subliminally.
Okay – rant well and truly over.
Next year why not just grab a bag of sweets from the supermarket and answer the door, what’s the worst that will happen? There may be a few idiots out there but mostly you will make small people very happy in the short term, but in the long term you may help them (and yourself) become more caring about each other.
Peace and Love.