Every year, Halloween seems to get bigger and bigger. What used to be a holiday for little trick or treaters and some juvenile delinquents back in the ’60s has become a huge retail money-maker, with billions of dollars being spent each year on costumes, candy, and decorations.
On Saturday Kish and I were down in German Village with our Bahamian buddies, and there were costumed people everywhere you looked, even though Halloween and Beggars Night don’t officially arrive in Columbus until October 31. Throngs of zombies, superheros, and cultural figures lurched from bar to bar in search of a good time. Halloween has become a week-long excuse to party, dress up, and act out.
That’s all fine with me, so long as the little kids get their chance to go door-to-door for candy, and I can carve a few jack-o-lanterns to greet them on their way to our door. When you think about it, Halloween is one of the few remaining times where parents let their kids out of the house to roam freely and ask complete strangers for food. It’s good innocent fun, and I expect most adults remember it as such. No wonder so many grown-ups like to dress up and relieve a little of that childhood Halloween magic!