Halloween is an extremely popular holiday that is fast becoming one of the largest holidays of the year. In the past few years, the Halloween industry has brought in over 6 billion dollars per year in theUnited States, according to the National Retail Foundation.
All of this new focus on Halloween makes it difficult for people who choose not to participate in the holiday. Most people who object to the holiday do so based on religious claims, but there some people who choose not to celebrate for other reasons. If you are one of the few Americans who choose not to celebrate Halloween, try some of the following ways to prepare to avoid the holiday this year and in years to come:
A Few Reasons to Avoid Halloween
Most people see Halloween as a fun holiday that has all of the fun of other major holidays with none of the stress. Halloween is a time to eat candy, have parties, dress up, and engage in low-key fun that does not require obligation visits to family members. However, some people still choose not to celebrate the holiday for some of the following reasons:
- Occultist origin: The majority of the people who object to Halloween do so for religious reasons. Traditionally, on Halloween, the dead were able to rise and haunt the places where they used to live when alive. People dressed in costumes to scare away the spirits or to confuse the spirits. They also left treats as a peace offering for the spirits to stay away. Jack-o-lanterns were used to scare away spirits as well. In some parts of the world, occultist groups preformed divination rituals and other rituals on the holiday.
- Religious objection: For the most part, some Christians object to the cult basis of the holiday. It is a holiday that has no Christian tie-ins, and actively celebrates death, witchcraft, demons, and other practices, which many Christians are against. Many parents do not want their children associating occult practices with things that are “fun” or “harmless.”
- Rampant consumerism: Another objection to the holiday is purely monetarily based. Some people object to the consumerist nature of Halloween and some other holidays and simply refuse to participate in a holiday that promotes tooth decay and unnecessary spending.
- Unhealthy Example: This year, Skokie school district 69 in Illinois, as well as schools in New York and other states have decided to ban Halloween in schools because of religious undertones and the promotion of junk food.
Avoiding Halloween When Out and About
Because Halloween is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, avoiding the holiday while out and about can be a challenge. Our family personally does not celebrate the holiday, and we use some of the following tactics to avoid celebrating:
- We do not attend any Halloween parties, and even avoid faux-Halloween parties like “trunk or treat” events
- We do not purchase Halloween branded candies or products
- We tell our children why we do not celebrate the holiday
- We do not allow our children to participate in Halloween events at church, school, or anywhere else
- We do not watch Halloween programs or movies
- My husband and I do not dress up for work-related Halloween events and try not to participate in those activities