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Week of Oct. 29 Halloween

Week of Oct. 29 Halloween

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Published by: Neal Moore on Nov 01, 2012
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Moore on MaumelleWeek of Oct. 29The Holiday I Have Never Liked
Most folks will disagree with me on this one. I have never liked Halloween. It hasnothing (or very little) to do with my personal religious reasons. I just don’t like it. Idon’t like the idea that a holiday is so death-related. I do like the candy andpumpkins.Let’s start with the decorations and costumes. Witches, skeletons, graves, ghouls,black cats, bats, spider webs, and on and on. It’s so dark and negative in a world thatdoesn’t need any more dark and negative. Compare the decorations of Halloween toChristmas. We’re talking Santa, snow, sleighs, mistletoe, pretty ribbons and bows,elves, etc. Or Easter, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July. All nice, positive and pretty.I’m not even going to go to the trouble to research and share the origins of theholiday but it’s pretty weird. Just Google it online and see what you get. The NationalRetail Federation estimates Halloween spending will reach $6.86 billion this year.
USAToday 
says $8 billion.And then there’s “trick or treat.” I never liked going with my kids and I really don’teven like kids coming up to my door, except for the really cute little ones dressed asprincesses and pirates who don’t even know why they are there except that for somereason big people will put candy in their cute little bucket or sack.And then parents will hide most of it and throw about half of it away. Or most likelyeat it. I did. And do.I really don’t like the older trick or treaters over 12 who don’t wear a costume andmumble “gimmesomecandy” when they unenthusiastically shuffle to my door.It should be illegal to treat or treat after you reach the age of 12.Finally, there’s the Halloween party. I have never been more uncomfortable thanwhen I agreed to go to a Halloween party and dress up in some sort of weird or scarygarb. I remember I once dressed as a priest and my wife was a pregnant nun. Andthere are people dressed in all sorts of bizarre get ups. Weird. I don’t do it anymoreand I can’t look at anyone who has on a mask or painted face. It creeps me out.(More)

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