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31 October 2005 @ 12:05 am
cccxxxiv (on thriller nights)  
I think I touched base on Halloween once before. Allow me to go into more detail 'bout that.

There are some who believe the 31st October to be a holiday. I do not, nor does the United States (which is interesting considering that infinitely more people celebrate this than the aformentioned Columbus Day, and rightfully so). It is a night where parents let their children out dressed as goblins, ghouls, Ronald Reagan and other frightening apparitions. This already does not compute with me, because most parents warn their kids not to talk to strangers, whereas this holiday-of-sorts seems to encourage that.

My mother always assumed our old block was safe enough so that I could walk around it with my neighbor (at the time), Jimmy. And it was rather nice - we could usually rely on getting at least one king-sized candy bar from our Halloween haul. But even at ages nine and ten I felt there were certain things I could not trust. For example, shadowy back yards with gates open, inviting to children but not a place where they'd normally go. This is where Jimmy and I had dissenting opinions. Granted, the next day he was safe and sound, but I knew where my limits lied.

I am concerned about those who are more intent on making this occasion more of a trick than a treat. You know, things like putting razors in candies, kidnapping, and goodness knows what other things. I always made sure to travel in groups and not get left behind, or go immediately home. Now that I'm older, I can get drunk and go to parties (much like the one Saturday night), but it doesn't change how I feel.

This fall event is a fashion fair. I'm distinctly remembering something that Lindsay Lohan's character said in the film Mean Girls (2004): Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it. When you give it a little thought, you might realise that there is some truth to that statement. I am seeing pretty princesses hike up their skirts a little more over the years, and the age of females doing that decreasing.* It makes me sad.

Halloween appears to me to be some odd American cultural bit and nothing more. I'm very for another reason to spend time with friends, gather round and watch films or something. I'm also aware that it is called other things - All Hallow's Eve and Samhain**, for instance. I can appreciate the fact that some geniunely recognise this day as a sort of commemoration for the dead and perished, for the harvest. However, in my experience, it merely seems to connote fun, games, and the occasional trickery. That in itself can be celebrated any time of the year.

In any case, whether you feel me or not... be well, and be safe.

*It happens on non-Halloween days, too. Working at Malibu Castle last summer gave me that painful reminder. "Don't be jealous 'cause your boyfriend's looking at ME," a 12-year-old's shirt proclaimed in glittery disgust. (Oh, I asked. The girl was definitely twelve.) That was one of tamer things I saw, amongst the dresses-that-looked-like-oversized-shirts and such.
**Samhain is the Irish word for 'November'. Festivals and royal assembly would take place on the first of this month in Medieval Ireland. Samhain is also the name of a recurring villain in The Real Ghostbusters, but let's not talk about that right now.
iTunes: busta rhymes / put your hands where my eyes can see
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smartguy323smartguy323 on November 1st, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
i second that.
Miki: Dark moodkitzune on October 31st, 2005 08:36 am (UTC)

Yeah, razor blades have been slipped into candy bars and apples before, but...that's why you check the things before you bite. Houses are darkened for two reasons. Either the people don't want kids knocking on their door or it's part of the special effects. If the gates are open, the chances are they're open for a reason.

Sounds like a bit of paranoia on your part. I've gone trick or treating almost every year of my 21 year existance and I have never run into either trouble nor razor blades. I also have never been kidnapped. I have gotten lots of compliments, and the one year I went as nothing, all my friends made sure the people at the houses knew that I was dressing as "normal" and that I was usually goth in appearance, and this seemed to go over quite well, actually.

But...I love Halloween. I'm getting dressed up tomorrow.
Brandy: protestationbrandelyn on October 31st, 2005 08:39 am (UTC)

I think I have perfectly good cause to be paranoid. Children have been snatched up around or near the area where I live. Don't get me wrong, I love sexy-dressed women (who are over 18, of course) and I like having a good time. I am just used to things going terribly wrong. Hasn't happened to me ever, though.
huh - xenonsniper on October 31st, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - brandelyn on October 31st, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
sidepocket_prosidepocket_pro on October 31st, 2005 08:57 am (UTC)
My question is what the hell has happend on Halloween!? Apperantly, they old Media has hit it like the way they distroied Easter and X-Mas.

I remember watching "Late Night with Bill Murr" and he was talking about how to live Halloween for the kids. And I was like, "F*** YOU! If your left-winged ass researched anything, you would realise that Halloween was not ment for children at all!" I think they only give candy because no kid would not understand the whole dead thing untill there is a couple of major deaths in the famly. -.-;
Brandy: contradictionbrandelyn on October 31st, 2005 09:09 am (UTC)

Some people give things other than candy, but that's rare. I've gotten Hot Wheels cars and even money on occasion.


I don't necessarily think it's the media's fault that Easter and Christmas are overcommercialised. There are typically those after-holiday sales that just grab everyone's attention. And while I don't agree with everything the man says, I do like Bill Maher.
(no subject) - sidepocket_pro on October 31st, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Alicia: Slut.thinkbluegreen on October 31st, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
If I had the body for it, I'd totally dress up as a slut.
Brandy: observationbrandelyn on October 31st, 2005 09:36 am (UTC)

You can borrow mine. It's not like I ever do anything with it.
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yukakunayukakuna on October 31st, 2005 10:44 am (UTC)
Maybe it is out of Russian's desire to celebrate almost everything, this Mexican (if I'm not mistaken) holiday seems like acclimatized in Russia too. Though russians have a resembling tradition of visiting houses in order to ask food (called Kolyadki), our children don't do that.
sidepocket_prosidepocket_pro on October 31st, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)

Mexican is the funnist thing I have ever ehard. :-P

You just have been missed informed that all, not tyring ot crack down on you. lol

See Droid`s post below to know were it (partly) came from.
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A Poet and a Paladin: lilypoetpaladin on October 31st, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)
I loved reading this treatise on the holiday. :)
droid_1 on October 31st, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
Ze holly day samhain, I read somewhere, is pronounced "sowen." Crazy gaelic spellings!

Ja, it were the Celtic religion. They'd light a bonfire, and young girls would jump through the flames naked, and people wore masks, and they'd sacrifice stuff like animals and foodstuffs. Couples would pair up for a year to see if they could stand each other before actual marriage.
The really old days, afore the wholly romans put a stop to it. Seems that in the old days, whoever was king insisted on forcing everyone to be whatever religion they were. You know, like the right-wingers want to do even today.

I don't even go out in my backyard at night. I went out there once in the dark, although with a flashlight, and there began this horrible racket in the junkpile that almost gave me a heart attack, and it was this cat trying to get away.

Unknown noises in the dark occurring unexpectedly are very scary, it seems.
Beni_am_here_now on October 31st, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
They'd light a bonfire, and young girls would jump through the flames naked, and people wore masks, and they'd sacrifice stuff like animals and foodstuffs. Couples would pair up for a year to see if they could stand each other before actual marriage.

shit, that sounds like my kind of party!
(no subject) - droid_1 on October 31st, 2005 11:50 pm (UTC) (Expand)
freaky like the daughter of a pastorblackperson on October 31st, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
Your icon is terrifying.
Brandy: jubilationbrandelyn on October 31st, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)

Thanks! That was its purpose. :)
cannot_forget on October 31st, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)

Well, I hate October 31st just as much as anyone else. In fact, I hate this whole month. Next year we should skip October, maybe November, most likely December and just head into the New Year... January 2, 2007.

Brandy: confrontationbrandelyn on October 31st, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)

What happens on the 2nd January?

Except my doom.
Commander Shepardlakilika on October 31st, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC)
Tween fashion really scares me. When I was that age, I was still wearing overalls. Okay, I wasn't COOL, but at least I was wearing clothing!
Brandy: generationbrandelyn on October 31st, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)

Are you kidding me? I STILL have overalls. I haven't worn them in three years, but the fact that I own them should make me very un-cool by default. I'm fine with that.

Kudos to you on wearing clothing where appropriate... which is debatable in itself, I guess.
(no subject) - lakilika on October 31st, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Melle Ellegravemaker on October 31st, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
i've read somewhere that only two children have died from poisoned halloween candy and both were poisoned by people they knew.

i also wish i could knock some (fashion) sense into my 13 year old niece. but that's a whole nother discussion.
theblueboxblues on November 1st, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
I agree with what you wrote in this post. When I was younger I was like you, I'd trick or treat with caution. One time a friend of mine went into somebody's house to get candy because they had invited him in to get it but I just stood outside.

Although it is nice to see people dress up and the creative things they come up with; It is sad to see ten and eleven year olds dressed in skimpy outfits. But what can we do =\

Hope you had a Happy Halloween.