Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Fun: Not my usual blog

 Don't text and fly, have a safe Halloween (Photo courtesy of Becky on FB)

There are plenty of Halloween costume suggestions on the internet, in the paper, and in magazine articles. The Wall Street Journal even had an article on costume selection and relationships. I learned that I don’t want to dress my husband up in something he may not be comfortable in wearing. We may end up in divorce court; or at least it appears that most of those interviewed ended up single after Halloween. Maybe it wasn’t the costume but all the partying?

Halloween is predicted to be a $7 billion holiday this year.[1] Americans spend money on costumes, parties and candy that is given away for free to the delight of many children and the chagrin of many dentists. It is astonishing that there is so much money spent on a holiday that is completely centered on frivolity during these recessionary times. But maybe this is what we all need. The need to act a little crazy, throw caution to the wind and of course, eating a ton of candy with abandon can reignite our sense of exuberance. At the very least we will be looking at a sugar hangover and the promise of starting that diet tomorrow. Truthfully the recession has drained the fun out of just about everything, but not Halloween.

Many Americans have forgotten what things were like in the last great depression. We now have social programs and safety nets in place that keep all of us from ending up like the “Grapes of Wrath,” a good costume by the way, especially if you can swing a model T. It is obvious that things aren’t that bad if people are still dressing up like sexy nurses and super heroes and passing out candy.  It has become fashionable to be thrifty and many people are still telling others that they need to take it easy on the spending. No one wants to give the appearance of being a spendthrift, but plenty of people are spending according to The National Retail Federation, which expects “total retail spending for November and December to rise 2.8%.”[2]

Personally I think we should all be honest and tell it like it is, “we’re spending money and refusing to participate in the recession.” Come on all you consumers, numbers don’t lie and the mall parking or lack thereof shows that a lot of people are spending money on something. I am personally thinking of donning a party dress, piling on all of my diamonds and carrying around a gold painted shovel, I’ll go as a Gold Digger. Another awesome suggestion I saw in an internet article. So let’s throw off the shackles of monetary oppression and have a little fun, this is what Halloween is all about.

 How pumpkin pie is made (Photo courtesy of Becky on FB)

[1] Elizabeth Bernstein, And What if I Don’t Want to Dress Up Like a Banana?, Wall St. J., Oct 27, 2011, at D3.
[2] Elizabeth Holmes, For Early Shoppers, It’s a Wrap: Sleigh Bells Are Ringing as Stores Compete for Holiday Spending With Deals; Just Know When to Stop, Wall St. J., Oct. 27, 2011, at D3.

1 comment:

  1. Great pictures! Your post is so true! How bad could the economy really be if we spend that much money on a holiday that is all about costumes and candy?