Skip to comments.I Find Hallowe'en Frightfully Frightening
Posted on 10/31/2009 10:26:05 PM PDT by Steelfish
I Find Hallowe'en Frightfully Frightening
We should resist the gruesome commercial feast of Hallowe'en and get back to good old effigy-burning Guy Fawkes Night, says Simon Heffer
Simon Heffer 31 Oct 2009
We always used to have one jolly cultural moment at this time of year, which was Bonfire Night. Although I have never considered myself an incipient pyromaniac, I have always rather enjoyed it: I expect more for the fact that it is something that we and we alone do, and not so much because of the fireworks, the bonfire, the sausages (washed down with Tizer as a child, but with brandy, I think, now).
When my own children were small, the joy of it was rediscovered, and the spectacular firework party that was given by their prep school was one of the highlights of the year. It is always an event, an occasion. But it is, above all, something I have always done because I am English, and the enjoyment of which defined me as an Englishman.
Not so Hallowe'en, which I must admit as an event rather passed me by until quite recently. In my family it was just not a big deal. Indeed, I can't think of anyone, when I was a child, for whom it was any sort of deal at all. But now it has become the latest manifestation of American cultural imperialism, when children are supposed to run around dressed as ghosts and demons and be frightfully frightening.
If it makes them happy, then so be it: I am always keen for people to be happy. But this once rather solemn religious feast, All Hallows' Eve, does seem to have got out of hand. Those of us who believe with every fibre of our being in the free market should not condemn anyone...
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What are you trying to do Simon? Make the British economy even worse by putting costume shops out of business? I would guess they do their majority of business for the whole year just from Halloween.
BTW I suggest the idea of burning Gordon Brown in effigy inside of Guy Fawkes.
Can someone tell me where this reporter that wrote this lives?? I’d like to go to his/her house and egg the hell out of it. Let the kids have fun one night a year. We need to let the kids get all sugared up and go crazy.
Interesting reading,,,,short read.....
They always used to. Before Nerf Time, November 5 was "fun with explosives" night.