Not because of any religious reasons or anything remotely like that or even the overabundance of sugar.
I think I first became disenchanted with Halloween when adults sucked the magic away from kids and it became way too commercial.
When I was growing up, it was so much fun to dress up as a princess (duh) or fairy or ballet dancer and walk around the ‘hood with my mom to fill my little plastic pumpkin with a few pounds of chocolate.
Years later, I birthed the only child in the world who hated dressing up.
He even cried about it one year because his entire class was to be in costume and he really didn’t want to, but he wanted to participate in the party and school carnival.
I had a talk with his teacher: “Angel Boy is special and you and I both know that, and you will honor his choice and not say one negative word to him about it or allow the kids to tease him OR you will hear from me and I dress up as Monster Mommy every single day of the week when it concerns my child. Do I make myself particularly clear?”
Needless to say, he was treated extremely well, cos that’s the kind of mom I am.
I’m kinda bummed that adults helped to turn it into their “thang” but that’s just me.
When I was in SF visiting Angel Boy and DIL, apparently my child (now a man), now DOES dress up for Halloween.
In fact, he’s participating in a critical mass bike ride and requested my assistance to make his costume!
Keeping in mind his status as an erudite and brilliant professor, he chose to emulate a character from a film by Salavador Dali and Luis Buñuel: Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) (1929). It’s a significant and monumental art film.
We recreated this character: “A slim young man bicycles down a calm urban street wearing what appears to be a nun’s habit and a striped box with a strap around his neck..” (Wiki)
He even had fake ants delivered to glue to his hands. (If you ever saw the film, you’d understand.)
Tonight, I’ll be passing out Skittles and other stuff I don’t like (so I wont be tempted to eat it) to trick or treaters, but I won’t be enjoying myself.
Happy Halloween, I guess, to those of you that do!