I live in an apartment complex and I can see that literally hundreds of kids live there, so for Halloween I stocked up on plenty of candy for the trick-or-treaters. Almost no one came to my door. What has happened to this Halloween tradition?
When I was a kid, everyone was out in the neighborhood trick-or-treating on Halloween night. Everywhere you looked there were costumed kids with bundles of candy going door-to-door to houses that were decorated for the holiday.
What has happened to this great tradition? Do all the kids go to some other kind of function in place of trick-or-treating, or does it just not happen anymore? With all the bad stuff one sees on the TV these days, I guess it’s definitely possible that parents don’t allow their kids to trick-or-treat.
Halloween is not the only holiday that has changed over the years. The other day while I was pondering the previously discussed question, I was in Wal-Mart and I could not believe what I was hearing. Christmas music was playing.
I mean, really? It was only the first week of November. Isn’t that just a little too soon for Christmas music? I think the stores should wait until at least the day after Thanksgiving to start playing these tunes.
It’s not just the early Christmas music, either. I was in a store the other day and they were putting up Christmas decorations already. I know that stores usually do their best business during the Christmas shopping season, but it still seemed too early to be doing that.
As far as Halloween goes I think that society is dictating a change and the way the holiday is celebrated. What I can’t figure out is the stores. They obviously want to attract early Christmas shoppers, but just how many are there at this point? This change is not really shaped by society as a whole, but it’s trying to be reshaped by retail business. They are trying to improve their sales for a longer period of time.
At least I haven’t seen Christmas commercials or TV shows yet, but I have to wonder if this will change someday also. I also haven’t seen any restaurants being decorated yet either and this is a plus. Thanksgiving needs to come before any serious Christmas business takes place. The Christmas season does not need to stretch for two months. That’s too long.
I wonder if the retail stores are able to stretch out the Christmas season for shopping, will I be able to get a tree before Thanksgiving?