Why Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday

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Taken from UWindsor.

From the title of this post, I’ve probably alienated a lot of people…all the same, I could care less. #scandalous

Really, Halloween is one of my least favorite holidays in the year: even as a child, I could never quite fathom the appeal of dressing up, going out, and demanding candy from complete strangers, all the while using my silly costume as incentive to do so. I was never one for The Nightmare Before Christmas sessions or horror films, so I didn’t get into the Halloween spirit that much compared with my peers. Even when I was in university, I never went out to frat/sorority row for their costume parties, which often ended up being a booze fest, anyway.

While I was like any other kid who dressed up for Halloween (one year Tigger from Winnie the Pooh, one year Mulan) and while I did like how I got candy from the door-to-door demand in my small neighborhood (although I ended up throwing away 90 percent of the sweets, since either I didn’t like the selection or I just couldn’t finish them), I ended up stopping the Halloween tradition as soon as middle school hit: not only did my family refuse to dish out candy anymore (after all, it cost money), but also my sister and I stopped dressing up and going out– instead, we just stayed home with our lights off and continued doing what we would usually do like with any night otherwise. After all, we had November to look forward to the following day.

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t like Halloween, but I respect those who love it. I guess I just don’t like the fact that the holiday requires interacting with people in an unnatural setting, from costume-wearing to demands for candy, which is what I consider unsolicited attention in the first place. I also don’t like the fact that it gives people an excuse to drink heavily, TP houses, and overall be loud and noisy. I’m an introvert by nature, so with a social event such as Halloween, it is not my favorite holiday to look forward to every year.

Any case, this is just a mini-rant concerning Halloween and its qualities. Thankfully, it’s only for one night, and then we have November to look forward to. For Halloween-lovers out there, enjoy your time (and stay safe) and for the rest, just keep your shutters shut for the night. Take care!

— The Finicky Cynic

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9 thoughts on “Why Halloween isn’t my favorite holiday

  1. Same thoughts! We don’t really have much of a Halloween tradition in India but my college does celebrate it and I’m genuinely just planning to stay in my room for tonight!

  2. I’m completely with you on this. I’ve never understood the appeal. Wearing a costume to school was always my least favourite thing to do. I just didn’t care. Glad to hear I’m not the only one!

  3. I was volunteering at an elementary school today, and the teacher mentioned to her students that while they may like Halloween, grownups like us don’t get into it very much any more. I think it’s the adulthood in us that makes us sit up and realize that Halloween is for the immature and extroverted. 😐

    1. rebbit7

      I totally agree. Thing is, I did like Halloween for a bit in elementary school, but by the time middle school hit, I was done with it. I was always quite mature for my age, so perhaps that’s why that happened.

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