Halloween…a night that used to be set aside for kids to enjoy going house to house gathering candy, wearing fun or scary costumes to disguise themselves and a little touch of frightening fun.
I remember when I was little (mid 60’s to early 70’s)…looking forward to dressing up and heading out into the darkness, searching for the best candy to be dropped into my decorated pillow case and eating it for the next week or two.
We were watched by our parents and actually the entire neighborhood parents watched all of us. The porch lights were all lit and even the cops passed out pretzels while they slowly rode the streets, scanning for maybe a little vandalism…smashed pumpkins.
Halloween was definitely a night for fun back then.
Now it’s 2011 Halloween…what in the world has happened to such an innocent, fun, kids night out?
Halloween Controversy. Surprise, surprise!
Just like everything else these days, society has turned something good and wholesome into ridiculous opinions – being offensive or simply just not politically acceptable.
I was scanning the news clips and articles and found some interesting Halloween controversies;
1) Changing the Holiday from Oct.31st to Saturdays: (Article from The Week)
One lawmaker says it’s time to change tradition. Connecticut state Rep. Tim Larson (D) wants the state legislature to permanently designate the last Saturday in October as the night for trick-or-treating. He says that would make the holiday easier for parents, because they wouldn’t have to dash home from work when Halloween falls on a weekday. Plus, he says, Halloween is a $7 billion a year industry, so anything that makes it run more smoothly will create jobs.
Create jobs? Wow…if that’s the best our government can do on the job front, we’re definitely in some serious, deep trouble.
Change tradition? I can’t for the life of me understand why some “lawmakers” want to change tradition. Sounds like it would just make it easier for him. They need to stick to the real issues facing our country instead of worrying about what day Halloween is celebrated.
Also, if parents would race home to get their kids dressed and out the door like my parents did, they just might consider this family time? Remember that? I wonder how my parents did it with 5 of us year after year.I didn’t realize I was putting them out…give me a break.
2) Costumes: “Sexy Anorexia” (CNN Health)
The Anna Rexia costume features a black bodysuit style dress with a glittery, silk-screened skeleton print, bone headband, heart name tag, measuring tape ribbon belt, and the most shocking accessory of all – a matching measuring tape choker! We’re not sure if the costume manufacturer intended for the choker to be a pun.
Alicia Brockwell, told CNN that the designer is no longer with the company.
“We understand that some people will not find the dark humor funny,” said Brockwell. “Or that they are sensitive to the topic it addresses. We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and would never want to cause harm to anyone. Dreamgirl is a company run by women for women. Halloween is an eccentric and irreverent holiday for people to express themselves in a myriad of ways. While some people may not like a particular costume – it is a matter of taste and personal discretion.”
No parent in their right mind would put such a costume on one of their small daughters. Period.
3) Cedar Point Attraction:(Fox 8 News)
The Ohio Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is calling on Cedar Point to shut down the haunted Halloween attraction, “Dr. D. Mented Asylum for the Criminally Insane.”
It is a walk-though display that features scores of room, including one showing a skinless patient lying in agony on a gurney, a crazed woman in a mask and straight-jacket , and a man grimacing in pain, strapped to an electric chair.
“I would hope that they would close this ride,” Michael Baskin, the executive director of NAMI Cleveland said.
The organization believes showing people suffering from mental illness as demonic and deranged perpetuates negative, old-fashioned stereotypes and crosses the line.
“Taking advantage, in a way ,of a population that is in need of care and this is careless,” Baskin said.
Cedar Point Spokesman Robin Innes said the attractions do not portray reality and did not mean to offend anyone. Innes defended the haunted asylum display, saying people who visit the park know the displays don’t represent reality. “A lot of it originates from the old 50s movies. So, we are just giving a retro-effect on that and it’s not our intent to disrespect anybody with mental illness,” Innes said.
This kind of thing has been around forever. Take the devil…many young kids portray this character by wearing a red suit of some sort and carrying a pitch fork. Or, dressing up like a hobo. Kids aren’t making fun of homeless people. In their innocent minds, it’s just a character…
4) Halloween Billboard Stirs Controversy On North Side « (CBS Pittsburgh)
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — As many as 70 billboards have gone up in the area promoting a place called the Haunted Hayloft.
It’s an attraction in Somerset County, where they re-enact a double-hanging that occurred there in the 1890′s.
But, one of the billboards on Perrysville Avenue on Pittsburgh’s North Side has its critics. The reason is the billboard shows a shadow-like figure hanging from a tree.
“I know that billboard is not representing Halloween and it’s in a neighborhood that is 99 percent black – right in front of project housing where there is no whites,” Brandon Humphrey told KDKA-TV. “I think it’s offensive.”
Other people say they didn’t see it that way.
“My honest reaction when I first saw it, I thought it was like a Halloween thing, but I could see how some people could take it the wrong way – they might take it racially when it’s not meant that way,” Angela Robins, a North Side resident, said.
“People need to grow up and realize it’s Halloween and stop taking stuff so serious,” Latonir Gray said.
Listen. Can you see what these controversies have in common?
It’s no longer about our kids. It’s about adults taking what used to be a kids holiday and molding it into their own holiday however, screwing that up too.
Tell me, what holiday is “just for kids” anymore? Not Easter – Christmas – Halloween…
Can’t we let our kids be kids for a change without adults taking control? We’re cramming sex of all kinds and political views of all kinds down their throats at very early ages and now, taking away their innocent fun.
My final suggestion:
If adults want to play dress up for Halloween, do it on that “Saturday” that Democrat Tim Larson wants so badly and leave Oct.31st for trick-or-treat…For Kids Only.
Do you agree or disagree? Let us know below…