It’s widely known that in the UK, Halloween is far less celebrated than our friends across the pond in the US. Traditions and culture are quite different but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun or exciting to dress up and knock on doors, receiving sweets from strangers. In fact, I’d be lying if I said I’d never participated in the occasional trick or treat and in my younger years, hosted a party or two.
But there are several things that ‘grind my gears’ about Halloween that I feel obliged to share with you all today. So here we are:
It’s quite cute when kids dress up in their little outfits and knock on your door. As a qualified pre-school practitioner, I love pretending to be absolutely terrified of young kids masks. However, kids that come with no effort made and just snatch a huge handful of sweets from you and walk off really ruin the experience. As a child, I wouldn’t have dreamt of taking a handful from someone I don’t know. It just kinda takes away the fun out of a harmless tradition.
2. Halloween costumes
This may seem weird to some but the SMELL of Halloween costumes really sets me on edge. The plastic/nylon feeling also makes me want to pick it up with a stick let alone wear it.
3. Outfit shaming
I must admit, the names of some of the outfits are questionable but weather it’s called ‘sexy devil’ or ‘I made my own choice of clothing devil’, it’s just not cool to make a judgement because someone wants to look and feel good. Wear what you want and blooming well own it.
I feel as a woman sometimes there is no right answer in which outfit you choose and it’s a little disheartening.
4. Horror films
Anything that is freaky can fork off. There’s not a chance I will sleep at night even if I only catch the advert on the TV.
5. Being chased
What is this thing where people go out to these events like ‘zombies vs survivors’ and spend a night in an abandoned place getting chased. Just no. Not cool. Don’t get me started on those scare houses either where people jump out on you! No thanks.
A couple of years ago there was an ‘outbreak’ of clowns and one was standing at the top of this cemetery where I live. I was walking home from being with my friends and I have never run so hard and fast in my life. I don’t know why that is funny in any way, shape or form.
7. Fake blood
It just looks sticky and gross. That’s all I have to say.
I’m not sure if it’s an element of control but it’s difficult to see that person’s intentions if they are wearing a mask. Especially if it’s a big creepy clown or zombie mask that covers your entire head.
Fake spider webs are the worst. Anywhere with Halloween decorations put up will put me off going in especially if it’s a restaurant. I just don’t want to eat food where gruesome things are hanging up!
10. Mischievous night
Living in a particularly nice area often means mischievous night is an unknown thing to many but when I lived in Middlesbrough, I locked all my doors and windows and sat with every light on in the house, worried something would happen! Nothing ever happened but there were always storied and rumours that unnerved me.
11. Not dressing up
I’ve just taken my 6 year old cousin with her friends Trick or Treating and the amount of teenagers walking about in their casual clothes knocking on doors is almost crazy. If you want sweets, play the game! Don’t spoil the fun for everyone involved.
Eating anything that’s green or orange makes me feel like I’m eating some kind of ghostly slime. Even worse is anything snake/worm/frog shaped.
There’s enough of a plastic problem across planet earth and although we can’t stop in our tracks and drop everything instantly, Halloween has to be one of the worst for it! Discarded decorations and all sorts set us back and it’s all from a single night.
So there you go. I’ve had my moan. There are so many things I love about this time of year also, I’m just a very unspooky person generally. There’s not element of mystery or surprise about me! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good party but I wouldn’t be sad if I missed it!