It’s NEVER “Too Early”

 

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. 

 

Target Halloween section in progress

Of course I was at Target while they were setting their Halloween section.  Do you take me for an amateur?

 

 

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:  Presents.
FRIEND:  Costumes.
HIM:  Candy.
ME:  … It really is the most wonderful time of the year.

 

reaction: when someone says it's too soon for pumpkin spice and you realize you don't need that kind of negativity in your life

This stuff too.

 

 

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?
HIM:  Yes!

 

 

Me, I love that the Halloween is finally out in regular stores.

 

Beetlejuice excited "the look on my face when I see Halloween" meme

 

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?
HIM:  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:  …
HIM:  …
ME:  Why would you even—
HIM:  Because it’s a play on The Nightmare Before Christmas, except I—
ME:  No.

 

witch tapping ruby slippers on halloween decorated porch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* You probably didn’t actually need to know, right?  But that’s what I’m about: giving you waaay too much information.

 

 

 

 

 

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11 comments on “It’s NEVER “Too Early”

  1. Jen says:

    I think Halloween stuff is too early for September, but the start of October is fine. My main issue is seeing Christmas decorations out at the same time. I do not need 3 months to decorate my house. :/

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    • See, my haunt opens this week (two full weeks behind our usual schedule and many local haunts) and most of the houses that decorate (seriously decorate, not just put out a pumpkin and call it good) around here already have at least a few decorations out. That means the stuff has to be in stores in September. And don’t even get me started on Halloween specialty stores that don’t open until sometime in October—they just don’t get my business. By now, I’ve got everything I need and I’m in high gear.

      I get that not everyone is that serious, or takes that much time, but it’s no different from me walking past all the summer stuff that comes out immediately after Easter (I am a pale person, made for indoor activities). I don’t need three months to plan a barbeque, but that’s what the seasonal section is for and I know I’m going to need to stock up on sunscreen (see previous aside).

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  2. josypheen says:

    Hmmm…you mention that no-one disputes about Christmas decorations coming out early…but I am sure I hear people moaning that it’s too early for Christmas decorations EVERY YEAR! It’s like the changing of the seasons. People like to moan.

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    • Oh, I know people complain “too soon” about Christmas, but nobody claims that you don’t NEED that stuff out before the week of. I saw a lot of people this year complaining that we don’t need to see Halloween decorations until late October, because Halloween is “just one day.” Those are the people who confuse me, because… prep time?

      You’re right, someone’s always going to whine. I just wish they wouldn’t include the phrase “nobody wants” or “nobody needs” in their whine. Because I want and need. (Seriously, the markup on fake blood during the off-season is outrageous).

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  3. LittleFears says:

    *Grumble grumble* Christmas too early *grumble grumble* price of milk *grumbles grumbles* humbugs!

    Ooo sweets!

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  4. Victor K says:

    Sorry for being late to the party – north of any sort of internet or cell access for the past few days.

    Damn right it’s not too early. If you do a day count for the average date that Christmas decorations come out, Halloween decorations should be showing up in stores in mid to late August. I grant that I don’t go right in for decorations (still paying student debts) but I appreciate seeing them and support any move that would get people to get into the spirit of the season.

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  5. I think it’s a bit different in Australia. Halloween isn’t such a big deal here (although it seems to be picking up), and I’ve never noticed conspicuous shop displays. But I’ve seen Easter stuff start popping up shortly after Christmas. Which is ridiculous, even when it’s chocolate.

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