01 November 2007

Happy Hallowe'en, (mainly because it freaks out fundies)

Oh, and the whole candy thing.

Hallowe'en is an interesting little tradition we have here, eh? At my age, I'm kind of indifferent to it. Though I thoroughly enjoy the leftover candy (but not Rockets - man do I hate those things - why do they even keep making them?), the whole costume thing kind of bothers me. It's not the idea of costumes (hell, they can be fun) but having to think of an idea for costumes. Not only thinking of a good costume, too, but also either buying or making one. Big pain in the ass. If you buy, it often makes you look like a tool, especially if you cheap out. If you make your own costume, you have to put in a lot of effort so that your costume won't suck and make you look like a tool. Costumes are a real ordeal sometimes.

Unless you're a hot girl, then you can just dress slutty and all is well.

The other thing about Hallowe'en is that a lot of religious people have a hard time with the idea of a day celebrating the demonic. Assuming that their religion is correct, I can appreciate their concerns (at least a little), except for the fact that Hallowe'en is so far removed from demonic things as you can get these days.

Noteworthy costumes at the party I went to included Batman, Wonder Woman, a giant banana, a guy who got run over by a car, a guy dressed as a hillbilly girl (now that's frightening), two Greek maidens, several Little Red Riding Hoods along with a wolf in grandma's clothes, Comic Book Guy, and Geisha, a Priest and a Nun. The only demony costume was a single vampire.

Really, I think these religious type people are missing the point of modern Hallowe'en. It's not about frightening people with ghouls and goblins; it's about dressing up and having a good time.

There is an alternative. Perhaps their aversion to Hallowe'en has less to do with the devil than it does with the fundy desire to stamp out fun.

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6 Comments:

At November 01, 2007 9:09 PM, Blogger tina said...

That's what I keep saying...it's fun. Let the kids enjoy it!

 
At November 03, 2007 11:03 PM, Blogger sacred slut said...

One of the local yokels here wrote a letter to the Ed ranting about the war on CHRISTmas and how Halloween was SATAN's holiday. Sheesh. It's hard to believe people that ignorant still exist in the 21st century but they do.

Best costume I saw was Medusa - easy to do, just makeup, a toga and lots of those readily available plastic snakes. It was cool. We were all pirates here.

 
At November 05, 2007 9:14 AM, Blogger King Aardvark said...

Awesome costume idea.

One thing I've learned is that religious people (esp. evangelicals) can find the demonic in the most innocuous of places. Magic 8 Balls, anyone?

I mean, if they wanted to seriously attack Halloween, they'd complain about how it encourages a junk food diet, exposes children to undue risk while walking around at night, and encourages girls and women tramping themselves up. Instead they cry that an eight-year-old in a Frankenstein monster costume is worshipping the devil. [sigh] What a bunch of morons.

 
At November 06, 2007 3:56 PM, Blogger Nebulous said...

Great blog! I really like the layout and the customizations. I think my last Halloween costume was my invention, "The Bedtime Avenger": Red and green plaid pajamas with boots and a flowing red cape, a stocking cap, and white Hanes briefs on the outside of my pajama pants. Superman wears his briefs on the outside, so I did too.

One of my friends in high school liked aardvarks too. We used to walk around school singing "Aardvarks are our friends" to the tune of "Yankee Doodle". You should try it sometime. Just repeat "Aardvarks are our friends" over and over to the notes of Yankee Doodle. And do it with gusto!

 
At February 22, 2008 10:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

halloween is only a problem for protestants because they don't like what it stands for...the afterlife. you know life after death...being a saint...the communion of saints in heaven... praying for the dead...that kind of thing...its actually an anti-catholic position.

remember ol luther...yeah martin luther...the fire breathing rabid anti catholic...he started his protest on 10/31 in the middle ages...nailed his protest to a door...its called the 99 points or something like that...chief of which is his animosity for purgatory...ie praying for the dead

don't get your nose bent out of shape...you only have one. :) ciao

 
At February 22, 2008 10:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

next time a fundie objects to halloween or wheedles to do so: say....so i guess you're going as a heretic for halloween....lol

embellish with evil laughter
moi ha ha

 

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