|Like a horde of bats upon a mosquito infested swamp.|
|Yes... let the sugar flow through you...|
But the changes have been coming, slowly at first, yet they seem to have gained momentum. And now, with a fresh crop of overly concerned and protective parents beginning to usher their offspring through their formative years, many of the things that made Halloween so great are in danger of being wiped completely out.
So now I'm asking, begging even...
Parents, when you make that special fall trip to the pumpkin patch, (or Wal-Mart's $5 bin), to bring home that delightful orange gourd, don't paint it up like a garish whore.
|Admit it, this ^ is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of jack o' lanterns, not that^.|
(And is it just me, or does that painted pumpkin look like a nutsack?)
|That's right, reach right down in there and rip out it's stringy heart.|
LIFE DOES NOT ACCOMMODATE! You deal with it as it comes!
I first encountered this disturbing practice while living in rural northwest Georgia.
Halloween fell on a Wednesday that year, so the town elders, already drunk with power from banning alcohol and over-regulating dance halls, decided that trick or treating should be conducted on the last Saturday of the month.
|Your satanic calendar means nothing to me!|
Know how many trick or treaters I had?
One small girl vaguely resembling a vampire knocked on my door around 8:00pm.
I dumped the entire bowl into her bag.
While we're at it here, can we also please agree that the abomination of Trunk or Treating must be destroyed? Or at the very least, be only an additional accompaniment to real trick or treating but not the whole thing?
|Also, you're promoting the idea that good things come out of the car trunks of strangers.|
Does no one see how disturbing and weird that is?
Now kids are just trudging along in a parking lot at 2:00pm, mindlessly holding out their pillow cases as various moms deposit fun sized tootsie rolls into their bags.
|What has become of us?|
But seriously parents, please, please, please help bring back Halloween as our parents remembered it. Quit wringing your hands and fretting about the "danger". Let your kids have this one night. Get out there with them and ring some door bells, carve some pumpkins, and make some memories.
Happy Halloween, everyone!