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Anyone else notice Halloween has become a bit hyped up in recent years?

Certainly nothing like I remember in my youth. I suppose everything in America is becoming this way...

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Favorite Candy?


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My inner curmudgeon wonders the same thing.  My seven year old daughter loves Halloween, and well she should.  I'm not sure however why we needed Trunk or Treat at her after school care yesterday, a costume parade at school today AND an invitation to a Halloween party this weekend.

As for candy, I was always fond of gum and the "Willy Wonka" style of candy, gobstoppers in particular.  Please no licorice and nothing with coconut.


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There is money to be made.

Boomers bringing the big population bulge provide businesses big bucks by promoting the paranormal.

Plus, isn't there something sexy about the skin dripping scantily clad zombie priestess you'll find at many of the Halloween parties?

Favorite candy for Halloween? The small Almond Joy bar.


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It is commercial interests.  Here where I live there is a huge Halloween happening downtown.  The real purpose behind this is to generate sales for the downtown merchants.  Just like the Thanksgiving "Christmas" parades were sponsored by major department stores in order to generate good will and sales.  Every holiday gets hijacked by commercial interests to generate profits.  Follow the money!

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It is commercial interests.  Here where I live there is a huge Halloween happening downtown.  The real purpose behind this is to generate sales for the downtown merchants.  Just like the Thanksgiving "Christmas" parades were sponsored by major department stores in order to generate good will and sales.  Every holiday gets hijacked by commercial interests to generate profits.  Follow the money!

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Money indeed... Jim, I wonder whether our inner curmudgeon's are related :D

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I'm also mad that Tigger hasn't posted a picture thread with shots of this year's decorations.

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I think its been pretty big for a few years now.

We don't get trick-or-treaters out in the sticks, but we've been invited over to someone's house.  Nothing special, sitting around the fire pit roasting weenies drinking pumpkin ale and handing out candy.
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Halloween, Christmas, Griundhog Day. Yep it's all about the money. Now give me some ******* candy!

But I haven't noticed anything different this year.
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I'm also mad that Tigger hasn't posted a picture thread with shots of this year's decorations.

Because....They're not finished yet!

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Halloween is the second highest "spending" holiday, behind Christmas.

I just heard that it is also the holiday with the second highest number of drunk driving arrests, behind St Patrick's Day, and ahead of New Years Eve/Day.


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Anyone else notice Halloween has become a bit hyped up in recent years?

Certainly nothing like I remember in my youth. I suppose everything in America is becoming this way...

Thoughts?

Favorite Candy?

Because money can be made from it. I'm still not understanding all the costuming for sale. Not making your own takes half the fun out of the holiday.  :p

I'll take any candy with chocolate, tyvm. I think I'll dress up as a scrub tech this year...
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As much as the commercialism of things like Halloween gets to me at times I'm just happy the self absorbed hypocrites out there haven't banned Halloween everywhere.

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As a younger man, I always tried to make the rounds to the various bars to see which woman was wearing the least clothing.  I told myself it was really my birthday celebration, and that I was being rewarded by the women.  Mostly for that reason, Halloween was always a favorite holiday.  Cool, crisp air, and exposed women.  What else could I ask for?  

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As a younger man, I always tried to make the rounds to the various bars to see which woman was wearing the least clothing.  I told myself it was really my birthday celebration, and that I was being rewarded by the women.  Mostly for that reason, Halloween was always a favorite holiday.  Cool, crisp air, and exposed women.  What else could I ask for?  

Is that a Snickers bar in your pocket, or....... :laugh:
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BradMT >>>"Anyone else notice Halloween has become a bit hyped up in recent years?"

Commercially yes because as noted there is a buck to be made.   However even when I was a young lad it was a big event wherever we lived.  There were always costume parties too for teens and young adults though we did not  have all the made to buy costumes of this era.  Although the commercial interests squawk ads more these days, I wonder if there are less urban and suburban households taking part in it than when I was young.    In those days only a low percentage of houses did not open their doors to kids with their parents walking the streets.   There were no religious controversies about the fun.   When one bought candy in stores for kids, there were no rows of huge jumbo bags for sale.   More homemade treats then.  Kids were much slimmer and fit in those days very much into outside playing so no obese issues.     

It was maybe in the 80's/90's the media began scaring parents with all manner of reports of dangerous treats and that probably is why few are made today.   And then too were media articles saying kids were getting too hyperactive due to the sugar.   No kid believed that haha.  Today in the USA we live in a very different world culturally.   Today in my community only a low percentage participate and those that do have usual pumpkins and what all outside so parents know which houses to hit.   Part of the reason is I live in a core urban area where there are not as many families as I was used to being brought up in California suburbia.  Also more working adults without children and older married couples whose children have grown up..


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I was dismayed this morning reading USA Today to find the most popular costume this year is "Twerking Teddy". Another sign of the Apocalypse.
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I was dismayed this morning reading USA Today to find the most popular costume this year is "Twerking Teddy". Another sign of the Apocalypse.

You say it like that's a bad thing



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>> When Did Halloween Become Such A Big Deal?

When Baby Boomers started having kids.


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I guess it is getting more and more commercial.

I make a big deal out of it because I live in a land that has no seasons and I really like to mark the turning of the year (I also like to celebrate Valentine's Day in the same fashion). But we don't get trick or treaters in my complex, so I don't buy candy. I just make home made things and give them out to people that I think will like them.


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I don't really notice it's bigger or better than before, only now I don't recognize half the kids costumes, especially if it is from a post-2001 Disney movie.  

Also, "they've" taken the fun out of staying out late on a school night - many towns around here did trick or treat last weekend, or they do it from 2-5:00 so the kiddies don't have to be out after dark.....BO-RING!  Although, in a suburban area like this, you could score big by doing multiple trick or treat days in the various towns.


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Over the past two decades, it has gone from being a kids holiday a la trick or treat, to being largely an adult holiday.  It's actually the #2 holiday now for sales behind Christmas, having passed Valentines Day several years back.
I work in a standard issue office, and we were "encouraged" to wear costumes. Some of them were really creative and showed a lot of time-and money-had gone into them.
I just threw on an old football jersey, it was the scariest one out there, since the number belonged to last years quarterback, who was a lousy quarterback.


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Here in the "D", back in the mid 80's it was "Devil's night" that was a big deal. News reporters from all over the midwest would come here to watch the city go up in flames. Much better now. No more candy with needles in them or anything.

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I don't find women wearing outfits ment for little kids sexy, creepy most definately.
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Ya, I hear you Brad.  I mean, costumes for your pet.  Give me a break.  It's a bit scary.  Opps, I guess it's supposed to be.

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Halloween was always my favorite holiday as a kid.  I still love it!

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Halloween was always my favorite holiday as a kid.  I still love it!

ETA: It's such an awesome holiday that I had to post this twice!  :;):


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I loved it as a kid but people stopped giving me candy in 5th grade. I was 5 foot 10 by the end of fourth grade. It snowed a lot by Halloween a lot of years and the costumes got lost under layers of winter clothes and spilled candy got lost in snowdrifts and those plastic masks with the tiny nostril holes and eye holes would steam up and breath would condense until we nearly drowned. But it was fun.

When we first moved to the coast I was amazed at the warmth and kids costumes you could see and the fact that even high school kids were out. Still it is relatively low key here and friendly. Just you have to go to the town neighborhoods to trick or treat because no one comes to the houses back in the dark lanes and big trees


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Over the past two decades, it has gone from being a kids holiday a la trick or treat, to being largely an adult holiday.  It's actually the #2 holiday now for sales behind Christmas, having passed Valentines Day several years back.

Maybe because starting with us baby boomers, many adults have been refusing to grow up - for better and for worse?

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