There’s been a lot of hate for the Halloween section this year, and it caught my attention. Enough so that it was the topic of more than one discussion with friends and with Husband.
Here’s what I’ve seen: people posting photos online, of stores getting their “seasonal” aisle all set for Halloween, usually with the caption or comment of “TOO SOON!”
This confuses me. No one disputes that it takes time to decorate and shop for Christmas, but Halloween devotees should wait until late October to scurry around to a dozen stores, drop their entire budget at once, and fling the decorations up for the bare minimum viewing period? (I’m specifically telling my kid not to mow or rake the leaves that are finally falling, because we need the yard to look scraggly and spooky for Halloween and that takes time!)
FRIEND: Plus, Christmas isn’t even that great.
ME: … It really is the most wonderful time of the year.
Husband and I were talking about it while he accompanied me on some last-minute (for me) Halloween prep. If you must know, I had to buy some creepy cloth, crushed velour, eyeballs, a wooden box, and lots of gelatin.*
ME: There’s been a lot of backlash this year against the fact that Halloween merchandise comes out as soon as the back-to-school stuff goes away. It’s so weird to me.
HIM: Stores have a seasonal section, and it’s got to be filled with something.
ME: I know, right? They put signs up right after Valentine’s reminding people when Easter is, and nobody shouts “too soon!” about that.
HIM: Maybe they expect the space to be filled with Columbus Day stuff?
ME: Like what, smallpox?
Me, I love that the Halloween is finally out in regular stores.
Gives me more places to get lost in!
HIM: I couldn’t find you!
ME: Where did you go when you walked into the store?
HIM: I don’t…
ME: Did you turn left, or did you go straight?
ME: Okay, see, yeah. That’s your problem. Halloween was to the left.
HIM: I didn’t know you were specifically looking for a Halloween chest.
ME: I wasn’t, but when I didn’t find what I was looking for—
HIM: You gravitate toward Halloween, right. I forgot.
ME: When in doubt, look for the glitter skulls and cauldrons; they call to me.
HIM: I know.
ME: Unless there’s Christmas stuff. Which, at Michael’s, is just one aisle over for some reason.
HIM: Because it’s the miracle before Thanksgiving.
ME: Why would you even—
HIM: Because it’s a play on The Nightmare Before Christmas, except I—
* You probably didn’t actually need to know, right? But that’s what I’m about: giving you waaay too much information.