Hallowe’en Humbug: NaBloPoMo Day 1

I am participating in National Blog Posting Month, NaBloPoMo, where I will be posting every day in the month of November.

I’m writing this on Hallowe’en morning. We have a busy day ahead. Art class, a birthday party, driving my Dad to the airport, digging out warmer clothes for the girls now that SNOW has arrived in Ottawa, grocery shopping, a 10K run, dinner-making, and ensuring that homework is completed.

It is perhaps because I am a bit of a lazy Mom that I don’t have any desire to add carving a pumpkin and figuring out how to fit warm clothing under the costumes of two excited little girls today.

Aside from that however, I am just not a fan of the idea of Hallowe’en. I have no problem with little princesses or cute little animals coming to my door trick-or-treating; they are sweet and lovely. It is the blood and death and the attempts to frighten children that I just don’t see the point of.

I am truly not one to shelter my kids from the world. We have always been open with our kids about world events, politics, relationships and sex, all discussed at a level appropriate to their ages. There is enough real horror in the world, in my opinion, that I don’t see a need to invent pretend horrors in the name of fun and entertainment.

Is the idea of Hallowe’en a way to more gently introduce to children the idea that there are awful things in the world? Because I don’t buy it. I would rather explain to my kids at the right time the awfulness in the world. This talk would take place where all of our most important family discussion occur: in our warm and well-lit dining room, while eating a plate of good food. The safest place that they can be.

Regardless, I will participate tonight because my girls are excited for trick-or-treating, and I am not that Mom, but I will provide context. I will not try to pretend any of the spookiness is real. I will warn them when I see that the guy on the porch is going to jump up and try to frighten them. And I will focus on the candy. Because that is the part of Hallowe’en that I can really get behind.

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About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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5 Responses to Hallowe’en Humbug: NaBloPoMo Day 1

  1. I am also a bit of a humbug when it comes to Hallowe'en as well. I have been trying to incrementally increase my enthusiasm each year just because my daughter is SO into it! I hate to say it, but Hallowe'en in my books is just another make-work project…although I love seeing the costumes at the door…. : )

  2. Mary Lynn says:

    I don't mind Halloween, though I don't get into it as much as some people do. The kids were really into it this year, so that got me feeling a bit more enthusiastic about the whole thing. Still not much of a pumpkin carver, though, so that's hubby's job.

    Best of luck with NaBloPoMo…I'll make sure to pop by often to cheer you along!

  3. Yes, it is all a bit strange really. The blood, death, spookiness. In Australia, Halloween is not part of the culture, so now that my husband lives in Canada — he still doesn't “get” it. I have to take the kids out every year. He won't have anything to do with it. (Except the pumpkin carving that is. Any kind of over-the-top artistic activities, he's all over that!)

  4. Pauline says:

    “There is enough real horror in the world, in my opinion, that I don’t see a need to invent pretend horrors in the name of fun and entertainment.”

    As a big fan of horror fiction, I disagree with you. However, I don't think that young children should be exposed to violent/horror imagery. Keeping things more benign is probably best for them while they are that young. But as children age, they naturally become more curious and many enjoy scaring each other for fun. Just like adults, such as myself, enjoy watching scary movies and reading frightening books.

    As I understand it, Halloween was originally believed to be when the dead walked with the living and the “scary” elements/costumes were there to ward off evil spirits. So that is why Halloween has darker themes in its celebrations.:)

  5. Finola says:

    Jen, I definitely agree. I try to enjoy it for the sake of my kids, but otherwise? Bah.

    Mary Lynn, I agree, pumpkin-carving is my husband's job around our house too. And thanks for the bloggy encouragement 🙂

    Julie, Another house where the husband is the pumpkin carver! Yay for him (loved the angle fish they made!!)

    Pauline, I take your point and thanks for the comment. I wonder what it is about scary stories that appeals? It's not to my tastes, but obviously it is to many people.

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