”Halloween Is A Lifestyle, Not Just A Holiday
When Labor Day comes to an end you can almost feel the warm summer sun drifting away into the night. It seems as though you wake up the next day and you can feel that fall is in the air. Fall is a time when the air changes from mornings of warm sunshine to nighttime of cool crisp air. The leaves on the trees begin to change colors and then it’s time for hoodies, candy corn, apples, pumpkin pie, chocolate chip cookies, laying under blankets while watching scary movies, picking out Halloween costumes, carving pumpkins, drinking hot cocoa, and celebrating the autumn solstice.
One of the greatest things about Halloween is that there’s an exciting sense of community that comes with dressing up in silly/sexy/scary costumes. It’s a time when all your family and friends come together for trick-or-treating and Halloween parties. Every year stores open up solely for the purpose of selling Halloween costumes and that is pretty awesome! One day you drive by an empty store, and then BOOM the yellow Spirit Of Halloween Sign appears in the window and suddenly my little Halloween heart is happy.
The search for a costume itself is an activity that brings people together. Parents and kids, friends, partners, etc. People of all kinds of backgrounds celebrating something together through picking out plastic vampire teeth, magic princess crowns, and pumpkins.
Halloween inspires limitless boundaries to creativity. On Halloween there’s no rule book. You can make your own costume starting months in advance or purchase one the day before. There is so much creativity involved in make believing you are someone different than your normal everyday persona.
A huge topic of conversation around this time of year is “Where did Halloween originate from?” Halloween came from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. During this festival people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. The celebration was acknowledging the end of summer and harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that during that time period in history was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year; the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. They believed that on October 31 the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. As time moved on at the end of the 19th-century Halloween was celebrated nationally as a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, wearing costumes, and eating snacks.
The entire month of October is a celebration for everyone in the Horror Community as well. Hay rides, haunted houses, and horror movies are the highlight of the month. However, there are still people out there who think that it is silly or a waste of time to dress up or celebrate Halloween.They have an approach to life as if they are “too cool” to be part of something so childish. If you calculated spending for parties, visits to a haunted houses, pumpkin carving, pet costumes etc, Halloween spending will reach $6.86 billion, which is astonishing for a non-gift-giving holiday.
Horror movies are also a huge draw to the box offices, and the associated merchandise generates a ton of money. Recently the sequel to “IT” was released in theaters. The previous one (released in 2017) made $700.4 million at the box office worldwide ($327.48 million of that was domestic). As well as being crowned the highest-grossing R-rated horror movie of all time, “IT” broke a number of other records, including the record for the largest opening weekend for both a September release and a horror film ($123.1 million), and was the second-biggest debut for an R-rated movie behind Deadpool ($132.4 million). This American tradition has grown into a $6 billion dollar industry, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.
The horror community is growing with each year.
So to all the people who make fun of us weirdos running around in our witch capes with fun size Snickers bars, I think we all know who has the last laugh ( insert Vincent Price Laugh).
Until next time…