Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rant #1,075: Happy Halloween

First off, let me congratulate the Boston Red Sox for their World Series win.

They went from worst to first in a single season, which is a pretty hard thing to do.

This horror show for New York Yankees fans continues tonight, but in a positive light.

It's Halloween, and unlike last year, people can enjoy the holiday this year.

If you remember, last year, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many areas on the East Coast basically cancelled their Halloween celebrations, because all of the devastation was, well, horrific in and of itself.

This year, things are generally better, although many folks are still living a real-life horror show because their homes and businesses have not been rebuilt, and they are far from a full recovery.

But for most of us, this Halloween, at least on the surface, appears to be a better one than last year.

Kids will go trick or treating, lots of candy will be handed out, and hopefully, it will be a safe and fun day for all.

We dress up our house for the holiday, but we get a scant amount of kids coming to the door.

As I have said many times before, the current celebration of Halloween is so different from the one I celebrated as a kid, that the holiday doesn't even resemble what I remember.

Today, kids generally walk around with their parents, and they go only to houses where they know the people inside.

In my day, we went anywhere and everywhere, got bags and bags of candy, and it was like an all-day party.

Also, Halloween is so commercialized now that it really isn't even a kids' holiday anymore.

Adults participate as much as, or even more than, the kids.

It's like the holiday has been co-opted.

Everyone can enjoy the holiday, but it really should be one for the kids, but it has become a multi-billion dollar business for costumers, many restaurants, and the like.

And then you have the Greenwich Village Halloween parade nearby in Manhattan, where every freak in the world comes out to play and show how "normal" they are.

Bah, humbug! Give the holiday back to the kids, I say.

That being said, have a wonderful Halloween.

I am taking the day off tomorrow for personal reasons--nothing terrible--and I will be back on Monday.

Eat lots of candy until I get back. See you then.

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