By Nik Butler
Halloween is soon upon us and with it the usual collection of badly informed costume decisions, short term dental damage and unwanted door step attention. Yes even I who embraces the social, the public, the cafe and the community draw a line at the unwanted door to door attention of this seasonal event.
This tooth grating pretentious americanised import that is known as ‘Trick or Treating’. The prospect of one or two evenings spent politely turning away strangers from my door all the while wondering if the next time I answer it will be to a collection of unsupervised, possibly more boisterous, tricksters has me reaching for the ‘no trick or treating sign’ in the hope it is obeyed.
What can I say; I am the scrooge of Halloween preferring we not continue to import the banalities of our transatlantic cousins. Unlike Scrooge I do not expect the ghosts of past Halloweens to arrive and turn me from my ways, possibly because I wont be answering the door if they do.
We should be ignoring the retail pressure to expend monies on the paper and plastic gewgaws for the decoration of our houses. The congregation of plastic pumpkins and badly drawn bats to decorate our doorways.
I’m not concerned for the spiritual wellbeing of those interested in enjoying a good spook or ghoulish involvement. Bear in mind we already have an event to celebrate an individual rising from the dead and we barely make the zombie association when we do.
I do not believe this is a gateway to devilry and debauchery or a pathway to satanism as some tracts might suggest. Far more likely, as Buffy fans would suggest, it is a night off for many of the vitality deficient and socially aware.
Indeed it seems strange that some who are adamantly concerned about the effects of immigration on our society seem ambivalent to the cultural impact of Halloween. Our land, our places, our ghosts and our stories are far older than those imported pumpkins, bats and costumes.
What frustrates me is the opt out nature of the event and the lack of cultural consistency which it represents. I would rather, as I have encouraged before, see a national enthusiasm for November the 5th as a reminder to all governments that the people are whom they serve and the people are those whom may remove them.