I have fond memories of Halloween. I can remeber being mortified of the kid in the lifesize realistic Alf costume, or of the year I dressed as The Noid from the Pizza commercials, and I had a stack of Pizza Box's I stomped on. I remeber "Trick Or Treating" well into the night (8:00 was well into the night for me then) and then going home and chowing down on candy only after my mother and her boyfriend inspected it for razors, or AIDS, or whatnot. I remeber when kids used to egg cars, shaving cream each other on gate night, TP tree's, and cause all around chaos.
I remeber going into Haunted Houses and coming out with wet TMNT undies. Damnit, I remeber when EVERY house had a pumpkin carved, and on the porch, with some of those creepy fake spiderwebs. I remeber when we used to draw maps in crayon to mark all the houses that gave out the best candy!
Now, I ask kids, friends, and family what they are planning to do for Halloween...you know what response I get?
"I'm just gonna play video games all night. Eat some candy too."
What the hell? Halloween used to be a GREAT holiday. Now it's just a boring cheered up excuse for parents to take 3 year olds out for some snickers. Maybe it's just my town, but is Halloween dying near you too?
Maybe it's what inspired me to do a haunted house each year, to try and put some of the fear and fun back into halloween. I don't know.
I feel bitter. And old.