I like Halloween. Dressing up, candy … what’s not to like? I particularly like carving pumpkins. But I did none of that this year. Why? I don’t know.
So I thought I would go digging around the good ole interweb for some stories and pics that would put me in the mood.
Immediately, I was reminded by how much Halloween has changed since I was a kid.
Take this story for example: Calgary encourages trick or swim, no treat. I thought, “Well that’s a neat idea. Obesity is rampant on this continent so why not promote a little bit of exercise over Sweet Tarts”. But then I pictured a child’s expectant, wide-eyed face as you reach into the candy bucket, only to be handed a swimming gift certificate and I wondered how many children would consider it a “treat”.
Then I stumbled across this story: N.Y. school bans Halloween costumes after Captain Underpants costume caper. If you read the story, the girls are fully clothed in their costumes but “the appearance was that the girls were naked”. Disruptive? Okay, maybe slightly… but they are high school students with raging high school hormones after all. But did they really expect them to wear a princess or clown costume?
While I’m at it, why is it that so many of men’s costumes look like this
and so many women’s costumes look like this. Guys, have you ever seen a librarian that looks like this? No. Okay, okay … maybe in your double standard dreams but that doesn’t count.
This one is from 2004: School Says Halloween Disrespectful to Witches. What?! Are we really this concerned with being politically correct that we would worry that a child’s innocent image of a witch (green-faced, warts, pointy hat) is going to upset followers of Wicca? Why is no one concerned that putting messy clothes on might upset a homeless person? It seems that, more and more, people are way too sensitive to things that are just pure innocent fun.
From Russia: Russia schools ban “cult of death” Halloween. Wow… do they ever know how to zap the fun out of something!
I came across this game on CNN and it took me back to yesteryear… you remember? Those carefree days of bobbing for apples? <Sigh>
And finally, the best group costume I’ve seen thus far.
I love that the person that posted this picture felt the need to point out “The white guys are sperm”. Uh yeah… we gotcha, buddy. I’ll be sure to let my bright red eggs know.