Halloween? Bonfire night? Bah, humbug.

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Not only do I dislike Halloween and bonfire night, but I really dislike humbugs. They’re just grim. Photo credit below.

It’s the time of year when two celebrations run back to back with each other that make me feel uncomfortable; Halloween and bonfire night. By all means call me a killjoy, but I’m not particularly happy with my children being exposed to either.

Let’s start with Halloween. When I was a kid, Halloween was simply a bit of pumpkin carving. Living in a tiny hamlet, there was certainly no trick or treating, a pastime my children will never participate in.

It may be an uncompromising view, but to me trick or treating in no more than demanding treats with menaces. I dislike it intensely.

Over the past few years it seems the world has gone very big on Halloween. When did people start wishing each other a “happy Halloween”? Happy for what exactly? The decorations I see in shops and houses seem to be getting more and more elaborate. Seriously, do these people have nothing better to do?

I hear people saying Halloween is “just a bit of fun.” Considering its origins I’m not sure I agree!

A few days later, we then have bonfire night. Rather like Halloween, I can’t help feeling the true origins of this event have been blurred over time.

Okay, Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators weren’t exactly peace loving individuals. They were, basically, violent thugs. Even so, they were spurred on to take radical action because they were part of the persecuted Roman Catholic minority and were fighting state-sponsored persecution.

How do we mark this occasion? We chuck an effigy of Guy Fawkes on to a bonfire. We make it more appealing to children by letting off huge quantities of fireworks. It’s a very odd way to spread a message about tolerance and peace!

Just because these occasions are popular doesn’t make them right. I think I may go and spend the next couple weeks living on a desert island and come back when it’s all over.

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  1. October 27, 2014 / 11:13 am

    I really sympathise with your post 🙂 I was raised in quite a conservative and religious community, where Halloween was frowned upon. It was also something we only ever saw in movies. I don’t really see the appeal. I suspect that marketers needed something to build their campaigns around in between summer holidays and Christmas 🙂

    My son does like all the spiders and spider webs (although I suspect that is due to his growing fascination with all the spiders that took over our home and garden this summer 🙂 )

    Best Wishes


    • John Adams
      October 28, 2014 / 5:48 am

      Interesting remarks Gerhard. I concede I grew up in a religious family, certainly in my early years, but it was never overpowering. Halloween was just a non-event, there was no huge disapproval of it. The one major objection my family had was to trick or treating and now I’m older I absolutely agree. It’s wrong on so many levels.

      As ever, thanks for stopping by and hope all is well at home.