Monday, 31 October 2011

Halloween Bashing

My ghost cake circa 2009
If there was such a thing as festive discrimination then surely Halloween would have a case don't you think?  I don't know what it is about Halloween but it does attract middle class snobbery and general sneering at this bit of fun for the kids.

I think it has become fashionable to greet it with disdain and pipe on about it being "commercial", "American nonsense", "begging" and anything along those lines.  What isn't commercial nonsense?  Countries economies are built on buying stuff - now that people aren't buying stuff countries are in a right old pickle to put it mildly.

Christmas is, of course, met with similar talk of losing the value/sight of what its all about etc but the people that moan are generally the ones that have their tree up on 1st December. 

Easter also gets similar press but any talk of consumerism is quickly brushed over as, after all, chocolate eggs (in particular the Cadbury's creme egg variety) is at stake here -  best not say too much.

So we return to Halloween. Most people I'm sure by now are aware that it started in Britain in medieval times and even further back than that.  The American's just made it their own and jazzed it up a bit. I like Halloween. It doesn't involve much preparation, you can get into the spirit (see what I did there!) of things as little or as much as you like.  The kids have a Halloween disco before half term, I make spooky themed cakes and have been known to throw a party when the kids were younger.  This will be our 3rd year of trick or treating.  The pumpkin has been carved, the sweets are by the front door and our little collection of Halloween trinkets (glow in the dark lanterns, colour changing ghost etc) which increases every year are laid out.

Halloween disco cakes

My pumpkin creation



  1. Oh I was expecting a rant then, you were very reserved!! I'm indifferent about Halloween if I'm honest but the kids get very excited so we always do something to celebrate! Amazing cakes!!

    1. Hi I wrote this last year - but I will be ranting about the posters this year! x