10 Reasons Why I Wish Halloween Would Hurry Up and Go Away Already…

10 Reasons Why I Wish Halloween Would Hurry Up and Go Away Already…

Mom Jeanine
September 27, 2011


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I don’t mean to come across as a party pooper, but if there is one holiday I’m just not into it’s definitely Halloween. I only remember celebrating it once as a child and that one time it was a total bust. My costume was lame, I didn’t get a ton of candy and the candy I did get my mom made me throw in the trash. Sounds fun, right?

Now that I have a little girl I’ve tried to make Halloween fun for her, but it hasn’t worked. Last year I bought her a cute costume only for her to get sick and fall asleep in it before we even went anywhere. This year I’ve been trying to get her excited about dressing up, but she’s just not feeling it.

So even more so than in years past, I’m dragging my feet as we approach another Halloween. Because in the back of my mind, I can only think of all the reasons that I kind of hate Halloween…

1. WTF am I supposed to do with all that candy? If we go trick-or-treating, my daughter is bound to get more candy than I would ever allow her to eat. So do I just throw it all away? Seems like an incredible waste.

2. Do you know how much kids costumes cost? The cheap ones are at least $20. If you want to compete with the neighborhood Halloween fanatics, you’re spending upwards of $40. And let’s be honest, I can keep the costume in the toy chest, but my daughter is never going to play in that costume often enough to make it worth that much cash.

3. Speaking of wasting money, why am I buying candy for other people’s kids? It’s not the fact of buying something for another person’s child that bothers me–I’m more annoyed that if their parents are anything like me, 90% of those treats are going right in the garbage. That’s literally like money in the trash.

4. For 3 months, I won’t be able to grocery shop in peace. The Halloween display is right at the front of the store so on the way in and on the way out, I have to deal with a whining 3-year-old begging–pleading, even–for some candy.

5. The competition. I really cannot compete. Any attempt I make at celebrating Halloween will be half-hearted so there’s no way my daughter will ever win any of those stupid costume contests.

6. Call me a scaredy cat, but I hate Halloween decor... because it’s so friggin’ scary. From the blood-soaked zombies to the cobweb-covered trees, I’m just not a fan.

7. People always assume you share their enthusiasm for Halloween so when they see you don’t, they’re like WTH is wrong with you? Totally sucks being the only mommy at playgroup completely unexcited by the prospect of making your kid an elaborate Halloween costume.

8. Do you know what it’s like being the house that doesn’t give out candy? No fun. Last year we didn’t get many trick-or-treaters, but the ones we did we gave silly bandz. Let me tell you, those kids were pissed. All they wanted was candy and I didn’t have any. What’s worse than the look of disappointment on little Spiderman’s face?

9. I secretly hate the idea of knocking on a stranger’s door asking for anything, let  alone candy we won’t even eat. Because I’m a little paranoid, I can’t help but think what were to happen if we knocked on a total psychopath’s door…

10. I’m kind of terrified by jack-o-lanterns. Maybe I’ve seen one too many horror movies, but those carved and glowing pumpkins give me the creeps.

What about you? Do you hate Halloween or love? Tell us why or why not in the comments.

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  • Delina
    September 27, 2011

  • I will admit that Halloween is not my favorite holiday but there is a nice side to it too-

    many dentist offices collect candy or take it to your local homeless shelter if you don’t want to ‘waste it’.

    You don’t have to have an elaborate costume or buy one- there are many homemade costumes that look cute and are fun! That is supposed to be the point of costumes (in my opinion)

    I also know of many communities that have a ‘main street’ trick or treat’ and many local church groups do some form of a ‘trunk or treat’- that way you don’t have to know on stranger’s doors.

    I am also not into the ‘creepiness’ of Halloween- I HATE the gore/creepy side of it but again there is the cute side. Pumpkins, silly ghosts and fun spiders can add some Halloween decor without being spooky.

    It sounds to me that you are afraid of what others think more than how you feel about a holiday- I think if you would relax and do how much or how little you want you would enjoy the season a bit more.

    Happy Fall!

  • Really?
    September 27, 2011

  • Sound more like you need a thoughtful therapist than a writing gig to get you thru some obvious issues you will, no doubt, pass on to your child. Your fear of competition and paranoia is worrisome. You can find candy, costumes and fun decor at the 99 cent store, etc. If either of you are really not into it, shut off your porch light and take your kid to the movies or rent one for home. She’ll fall asleep half way through and when she wakes up it will all be over. Honestly, I would have more respect for you if it had been religious-based than your 10-point list. Lighten up!

  • rosanna
    September 27, 2011

  • Ok. I personally don’t like getting dressed up. In fact I hate it. I think most people are not in your camp. I agree that young children under 3 most likely wont get it so maybe you skip it. Unless of course you have more than 1 child!! My daughter at 1 (she is 3 now) was thrilled to trick or treat with her brothers. She was as cute as a button and wore the same costume for 3 years! (worth the cost). She was frustrated she could not keep up with the boys especially up and down the steps so I was exhauted. This year she (and the boys are so excited!! (boys are 8). She wants to be a princess(much to my chagrin)!! We have a small dress up truck with some princess dresses. She is happy to wear one of those. One son is happy to use an old white table cloth with the eyes cut out for a ghost. My other son knows that $20 is the limit to pick a costume. Last year he made his own (a vampire with a cape we had in his dress up trunk). I put my foot down with limits to what we can spend whether can afford it or not on EVERYHING. It is ridiculous to spend large amounts of money even if you can afford it. I teach my kids the value of money having to work to the bone to this day! I even wear something on my head like a witches hat or ears of some kind. My husband goes ALL OUT!! The kids are so happy! I make myself be happy and have fun even thugh I am not crazy about it! As far as all the candy, I save it and dole it out over a several months and I bring a ton to work and let my co workers go to town. I try to understand that this is a really big deal for kids! I cant take this away from them. They are little for only a few years. My 8 year olds are already pulling away. I have to enjoy every second especially as a working mom.

  • Jess Out West
    September 27, 2011

  • You are the perfect candidate for a fun school / community Halloween carnival! A safe, fun way for kids to do crafts, play games, show off costumes and win little prizes. See what local schools are doing and if any are open to the public.

    The candy thing is definitely out of control, but you can always limit the amount of trick-or treating and consumption.

    If you don’t enjoy giving out candy – turn off the porch lights. That is the universal sign for “we are not open for business.”

    My girls enjoy spilling out their spoils on the floor and picking out their favorites. We put those in a special bag or dish and it gets doled out a little at a time. The rest can go to work, to church coffee hour, to a shelter (where many kids may not get a chance to go trick or treating).

    Costume swaps are getting a huge push, especially in this economy. I don’t buy “new off the rack” costumes because they are just too much $$ and have low long-term playclothes potential. This year, I bought a gently used red dragon costume off of eBay and a red dragon mask off of Etsy. Cheap, cute and long-term play potential! My other daughter wants to be a black cat. Easy peasy.

    Good luck to you and Happy Fall!


  • Krista
    September 27, 2011

  • I LOVE Halloween!! I couldn’t disagree with you more. :D

    1. My daughter’s pre-school accepts leftover Halloween candy to give to the kids to throw in the Christmas parade. I also keep it to decorate cupcakes/cookies/etc. and for rewards. I don’t use all of it, but I don’t toss all of it either.
    2. Our Halloween costumes get worn all.the.time. I keep all of the costumes on a “dress up rack” and when friends and neighbors visit there is often a costume parade around the house.
    4. The scary displays are fun! The kid wants candy? Put them in front of the screeching witch then run as far from it and the candy as fast as you can, lol.
    5. I do agree with. I can’t compete either and I like to think I’m creative!

    Halloween can be fun. I have a Halloween party (gasp!) every year for the kids. We do a spooky scavenger hunt, freeze dance, decorate pumpkins/balloons/cupcakes and have lots of easy, creative, creepy food. I’m sorry you didn’t grow up enjoying the holiday, but give it a chance for your daughter. :)

  • Alice
    September 27, 2011

  • Wow. You have issues!!!

  • D
    September 27, 2011

  • I’m not a mom but when I was a kid, I loved Halloween. It really upset me when my mom didn’t take me trick or treating or put effort into something all of the other kids participated in. If your daughter doesn’t like it, then okay. But otherwise it’s not fair to her. My parents were also poor but that’s why it’s called “savings.” Get over it and start thinking about your kid more than yourself.

  • kestl
    September 27, 2011

  • I love Halloween, maybe your negativity stems from your experiences from childhood. You can always give out healthier treats, like pretzels or fruit snacks.

    If your kid is not into it, no reason to force the issue…there are fun ‘trunk or treat’ events that go on at local churches and schools as well.

    As for costumes, I wouldn’t spend more than $20…Also you can see if friends have old one that their kid out grew, etc.

  • Head Ant
    September 27, 2011

  • I love Halloween; but all the things I hate about it are in that list!

    I like cut pumpkin and ghost decor; but nothing bloody. Maybe it’s just the mommy in me!

    I don’t like spending $$$ on costumes. I bought last year’s marked down between $5-10 the day before Halloween. This year, I’m going to recycle some old clothes or fabric.

    I don’t buy candy myself because we don’t get any kids here. And I have to admit I throw away most of the candy my kids get (or save it for potty training)

    I took my kids trick-or-treating last year in my friend’s neighborhood. It was very family friendly.

  • Crystal
    September 27, 2011

  • You’re taking Halloween way too seriously. It’s a day to have fun and be silly, not freak out over costumes or candy. If you do it right, your kids can have fond memories of Halloween, and fond memories add up to a great childhood. You can even have fun yourself. First, instead of buying expensive costumes, why don’t you find some funny old clothes and jewelry, use some makeup and create your own costumes for your kids? Yes, buy the candy at the irritating displays, and hand it out to the kids that come by your house. You’ll get to see the funny costumes everyone else is wearing and it helps you get in the mood of the holiday. Plus, the kids that come by will be happy to get a treat and truth be told, I don’t think everyone is throwing away all that candy, at least not the candy that’s wrapped up and looks safe to eat. And once you see all of those happy faces, your own kids and the neighborhood kids, how can you be glum ?

  • Marla Timberlake Stout
    September 27, 2011

  • Usually Mom Finds shares things that are witty and worth my time. This is a HUGE FAIL.

    September 27, 2011

  • Are you for real? I can thank my lucky stars that I had parents that really got into the Holidays. On Valentine’s Day – Cupid left us a surprize under our pillow, on St. Patty’s Day – all four kids searched the house for that Lucky Clover, on our birthday’s – we got to choose our “special” dinner that night.

    Then came Halloween, our favorite night of the year. Mom and Dad always gave us a choice of chili beans or oyster stew for our family party. Many a discussion among the children each year trying to decide. Each child made their own costume from whatever we came across throughout the year. Each house in the neighborhood had 4 or 5 children. It was like a “ghostly block party” each year. All the houses were lit up and decorated with pumpkins and lights. It was a magical night – you could hear laughter all up and down the street.

    This is my childhood memory – a lot different from yours. That is why I have always had a yearly Family Halloween Party for my kids and 5 grandchildren (5 – 15). They past down costumes, trade costumes and use different items to make up their own costumes. (Compete? Where do you live)

    The kids are already trying to decide what’s for dinner and they always come early to make sugar cookies that we decorate and give to their parents.

    These kids have memories that go back to my parents and the joy of each passing season will continue with them.

  • crystal allen
    September 27, 2011

  • we take our children to area church festivals instead of going trick or treating. it’s fun to dress up and we never “go all out”. i buy the costumes in a size larger once they go 50% or 75% off and then i save them for next year.

    as far as candy goes, i send most of it to work with my husband. the employees there enjoy it. i save the “good stuff” in our fridge drawer and my children enjoy toys as well as candy. just please, no dental floss, we have plenty :)

    so overall, i look as halloween as being a fun festive day and i can share the rewards with others.

  • Kelsie
    September 27, 2011

  • Wow- this is a really sad article on so many levels. I would love to write a response to each one of your riveting reasons to hate Halloween but I don’t know where to start. Do I take the stance that is pro-Halloween because kids can really have a blast (your kid getting sick last year doesn’t equate to her looking at you and saying ‘this SUCKS!’… it’s not her fault) or the one that points out the reason you hate it is so selfish and over-indulgent that you don’t realize you’re the one who ruins it for your child. Get off your high horse and give out some freaking candy and make a little effort for her costume, really, you’re gonna bitch about $20 when it could possibly be a great night for your kid – YOU are the reason Halloween sucks in your household.
    And there are PLENTY of cute and fun Halloween and fall decorations – did you really even put that as a reason??

  • Kim
    September 27, 2011

  • Since a few of your complaints are directly related to a sense of competition you seem to have about the whole thing (gotta compete with the neighborhood kids’ costumes, your kid won’t win a costume contest, the kids didn’t like the Silly Bandz as much as if you had passed out candy), it comes off like you have this sense of “if I can’t be the best or even one of the best, what’s the point?” I have to say that that isn’t a very good lesson to teach your children.

    My daughter will likely end up going trick-or-treating in her $6 glow-in-the-dark skeleton pajamas because she can’t make up her mind about what costume she wants. I’m okay with that. And ever since I told her that she has decided that’s exactly what she wants to be so I can’t even talk her into a legit costume if I wanted to at this point! Will she win a costume contest or be memorable to the other people in the neighborhood? No. But she’ll have fun, so who cares?

    And if you’re worried about your child bringing home too much candy, set a limit! We don’t visit every house on the block. We go trick-or-treating until their tubs are filled to a point that we determine to be a good stopping point.

    I’m just saying, there are ways to combat some of the “issues” you seem to take with Halloween.

  • Heidi
    September 27, 2011

  • If this one day on the calendar affects you this much, I don’t think it’s the Holiday. Getting a screening for anxiety and depression would be a good idea for you.

  • SDL
    September 27, 2011

  • Hallowe’en is like any other day in that it is only as fun as you make it.
    I choose to make Hallowe’en a lot of fun. It helps that my kids love too dress up all year long (and my older son still tries to squeeze into the monkey costume he wore 2 years ago!) You can buy costumes close to Hallowe’en at pretty deep discounts if you aren’t set on a particular costume, or you can make your own (lots of free ideas online!) And hey, if you are out trick or treating, you don’t need to give out candy, as you will not be home!
    Not to criticize or tell you how to parent, but your daughter probably feels your reluctance and negativity and tries to act like it isn’t a big deal for her either. Maybe you should approach Hallowe’en (and any other day for that matter) as a new experience that you two are going to use for making memories.

  • NJ
    September 27, 2011

  • I’m sad to say, but I agree with others you have quite a few deep seated issues.I like Halloween and have many fond memories of it. To me its not about having candy its about having fun.

    If you don’t want excessive amounts of candy then either A) Plan a Trick-or-treat route and limit the number of houses your daughter goes to which would reduce the amount of candy she’d get or B) Plan your own special Halloween instead of going trick or treating and focus on memory building. You could decorate and/or bake cookies or cupcakes or look for a Halloween type activity to take your daughter to instead. Many zoos, book stores aquariums and other family-friendly places have fun festive Halloween activities

    I really hope your negativity doesn’t rub off on your daughter. You have ever right not to like Halloween if that’s how you feel. But there are ways to have a nice Halloween full of great memories w/o breaking the bank or feeding paranoia. Halloween is what you make it. For your daughter’s sake I hope you find a little creativity somewhere

  • Stephanie Hodges
    September 28, 2011

  • Any Xtra candy can be donated to many charities that often will send them to troops, shelters for children and hospital for children. Dentist offices are becoming very popular in exchanging candy for money. Even some department stores will exchange poundage for store credit! Bonus!

    The candy will last all year long too if stored properly.

    You can win some costums by entering mom blog contests. That is how I won my daughter’s costume. Anything else, I make. I make because I want to develop skills and I enjoy it. No fun in doing something you don’t enjoy. So if you want to take up sewing, making costumes is a way to do it.

    Decorations: eh. Some are cool but majority of them are very lame. Rare I find something that is spookey enough. Won’t find that in department or grocery stores that is for sure. Cheap quality made = lame most of the time.

    I never celebrated Halloween growing up til around 12 years old when my mom got married. Introduced step kids who LOVED halloween. It was quite new to me as growing up, halloween was an “evil holiday” and our candy was tainted the only time we got to go. So that fuelled my mom to not participate.

    BUT now as an adult, I take my daughter to Trunk and Treat. It is where our church (this is very common now) will line up all the vehicles in the church’s parking lot and sit and hand out candy as kids come walking by. All bags are new, never opened til that night. Parents walk and have the right to inspect it. Many places put on a mini carnival. so the chances of getting something from a stranger is lower than going door to door.

    Costumes, be creative. Get a hold bed sheet, old play ripp clothes, watch some youtube and you can create an outfit with out even buying supplies. Creativity is awesome and is better than paying $20 for an item that only cost the company $1 to really make.

  • Sam
    October 3, 2011

  • I just want to point out one option for all that Halloween candy you end up with, which is what we do with it (my son certainly isn’t allowed to eat it all!) We find a donation center (our church currently hosts one) for packages being sent to the troops overseas. Boy, do they love getting those shipments of leftover Halloween candy!

  • Zoe hunter lee
    October 4, 2011

  • I used to make horror movies for a living, so Halloween is my fave holiday!! I looove making costumes and dressing up my babygirl…going pumpkin picking , for hayrides…building a scarecrow…it is not all about the candy!!! Try the other parts of Halloween, build a fire, make marshmallows, tell stories, dress up and sing silly songs…take your kids to a party, instead of trick or treating. Bob for apples..make fun jello treats..DONT be such a party pooper mama!!!

  • Libby
    October 27, 2011

  • Ok, you’re making wayy too big a deal! Costumes from the house
    chef=my dads apron, a chefs hat, a wooden spoon over jeans
    Grad=my parents graduation robes
    Cowgirl=jeans white shirt red bandana wooden horse and cowboy hat
    Beanie-Baby=black leggings+black shirt+tag made from construction paper+cat ears (those I had to buy)
    Sleep walker= pajamas and sleep mask and slippers (BEST COSTUME EVER BECAUSE IT WAS WARM!!!)
    Hippie= jeans+older sisters shirt so it was long sunglasses and mardi-gras beads construction peace sign on a string….

  • Amanda-Beth
    October 5, 2012

  • Just don’t do it it obviously scares you and your daughter could care lesa do your own thing and maybe on 30th of October night before it let her pick out her own very special peice of camdy at store that she can enjoy next night while you guys watch a special movie or read some favorite books and don’t answer door for trick or treaters