When did Halloween become a season?

Something has been bugging me.

When did Halloween become a season instead of a one night ritual?

I have lived in this evolution and participated in it but am still not sure how it all happened.
Back in the day when I was a tot, we raced home from school, ate our hamburger helper, got dressed in our bulky hot snowsuit THEN and only THEN did we get to adorn and show off to the world our costume. We had three I can remember that rotated between my sisters and I. Little Miss Muffett, Nurse, and Spider-man. Must have been a sale at Woolworth’s. The nurse didn’t have a mask but it did have the traditional hat (which they still wore in the 1970’s)…  I am not saying that how we celebrate today is wrong…I mean who doesn’t like going to party after party week after week dressing up four people in multiple costumes multiple times??? The kids love it and therefore I do it with a smile…and a smirk underneath. I have never really loved Halloween. Could be I am a scardy cat, or maybe my fear of the dark plays a part? Possibly because I never felt cool as a kid in my costume – I was too busy worrying about the event, I didn’t put much time or thought into the actual costume. The lights and decorations do add a sense of wonder – but are Halloween themed pop-up stores and weeks of parties going overboard? What are your thoughts?

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Boo on October 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    For me there was only one mission on halloween. Candy. That’s it. My costume was an indifference to me. I dressed up because it got me candy!!!!!! When I got home I had so much fun sorting the chips from the chocolate and the gum and raisins:) Who cares about spooky? It’s about little kids on candy benders!

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  2. You write excellently!!!!

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