I mean, I can eat shitty candy and dress up like something I’m not every day of the year; it’s called living in Western society.
I spent most of my teen years in the Netherlands, where, for a long time, Halloween was viewed as “such an American thing.” Dressing up was for themed and fancy parties behind closed doors, especially when you wanted to do it “sexy.” Bothering strangers in their homes was only cute when done by very small (silent) children. And that only happens here in the South on the day of some saint named Maarten.
More recently, people started viewing Halloween as another money maker. Between Easter and Sinterklaas (December 5) is a huge holiday gap, while holiday-themed trinkets sell so easily! Suddenly pumpkins weren’t just for eating and ordinary nights out would be 15 euros pricier because some skeletons covered the ceiling.
As I like to tell others, look away when you don’t like it, so — especially now, out of school/university — I do largely ignore it. My only real gripe with Halloween (here) is that it doesn’t live, it’s not something that’s part of our society, it’s cardboard. Now I don’t expect Halloween in other countries to be a 100% innocent and non-capitalistic, but at least it comes with a certain vibe, excitement.
Maybe I’m just too down-to-earth to appreciate all that silly things that go with Halloween and a bit too pessimistic about this just being for the money. Is anyone up for showing this Halloween Grinch the light? I’m really good in dressing up as something I’m not.