Here at The Constant Complainer, in addition to my own posts, readers can submit Guest Posts on topics they’d like to complain about. Leo Nevoli took some time off, but he’s back today with some Halloween musings. Enjoy, and without further adieu, here’s Leo…
Halloween has come and gone - another celebrated event that seems like it was not there. So even though stores already have their Christmas items for sale (it feels like we miss Halloween) I made a few observations about Halloween that are worth sharing.
I found it odd that I had the time to type this on Halloween itself, while I waited for the live “Ghost Hunters” show to air - something I have watched the past few years on Halloween while giving out candy. It felt out of place that it was actually the 31st, yet I was not handing out candy in the normal 6p to 8p timeslot like I had the past seven years that I have lived in the house (and like my neighbors have done for the past 35 years in the neighborhood). My neighbors and I are not sure why, but our trick-or-treating was moved to Saturday, October 30th instead. It caught some people by surprise - they did not have candy to give away or they had Saturday night plans. The other neighborhoods surrounding mine had theirs on the 31st, so this may explain why I had 215 kids instead of the normal 100 that have come over the past few years. Good thing my daughters came home early with candy I don’t like, because that became the emergency handout candy. I had a feeling that we would have more kids show up because my house is near the boarder of the other neighborhood, so those kids would hit my house first.
When I grew up, my neighborhood always had trick-or-treating the Saturday before Halloween, so I am used to it not being on the 31st. However, I firmly believe that tick-or-treating should universally be on Halloween itself. I am sure kids would disagree with me, because that means less candy, but if it’s the 31st, everyone knows and can plan accordingly. Years ago, the City of Pittsburgh would celebrate July 4th on July 3rd. The mayor believed that by celebrating it a day early (and by having the fireworks on the 3rd), more people would not call off from work the next day - and the City would not have to pay the police holiday overtime. This idea lasted several years, but when a new mayor came in, the fireworks were moved back to the day most people thought they should be celebrated. One common joke that came out of that was that the mayor, who was Jewish, would try to have Christmas celebrated on December 20th.
Anyway, depending on how you look at it, the final year I “unofficially” went trick-or-treating was age 16. Was that too old? Maybe, but considering that I was a newspaper carrier, my neighborhood had trick-or-treating the Saturday before Halloween and everyone was normally home, I was able to get paid for delivering the paper and they were kind enough to give me a treat.
This past weekend, I saw kids (if you want to call them that) about 18 years old out there asking for candy. Which kind of made me wonder just how old is too old for trick-or-treating? I also find it annoying that a few parents were carrying bags asking for candy for their “sick” kid at home. The one mom did not know how to respond when I asked her, who is at home with the sick kid if she and her husband are out with the other kids?
Then there was my one neighbor, who decorated their house, had a strobe light and music playing - but refused to give out candy because he does “not believe in handing candy out.” I casually commented that I found it interesting that he did not believe in handing treats out, but yet he was more then willing to take his five kids house-to-house asking for the same. The general rule of thumb should be that if you are not going to hand any candy out, then you should not send your kids out for the same reason.
I hope everyone had a nice Halloween, because it is now time to get caught up with the stores who have had the Christmas stuff out since July. I’m Leo Nevoli, and that’s my ponderings.