A Real Halloween Trick

1 Oct

October 1, 2017

It’s October 1st and this is it: Halloween is on the way. Think about it. The weather is turning chilly. The days are getting shorter. The ghouls and goblins are creeping closer and everyone is getting ready for Trick or Treating. Costumes! Candy! Greeting cards!

Greeting cards?

Yes greeting cards. It’s nothing new. Go into your local Rite Aid/Walgreen’s/CVS (there’s one on every block) and you’ll see something like this:

Who wants one of these? Since when is Halloween a card-giving holiday? It’s beyond me. Halloween is for going out and having fun. It’s in no way a religious holiday. It isn’t one to be marked and memorialized with a card lovingly signed by Aunt Bess (sorry Aunt Bess) wishing little Sean a happy day. But greeting cards, like all print products, are dying so the card companies are making everything a greeting card holiday. And that includes St. Patrick’s Day, whose tradition is beer, beer, and more beer, to the point that you can’t read a greeting card anyway.

SEAN O’CASEY: Ay, look ‘ere mates! A St. Patrick’s Day card from my dear sainted Aunt Bess!
PATRICK DOYLE: What’s it say, Sean me lad?
SEAN O’CASEY: It says “Wishing you-” BLEARRRGH!
PATRICK DOYLE: That’s a grand amount of Guinness decorating me boots, Sean me lad.

I’ll be man enough to admit that really little kids may like a card with a skeleton or ghost on it, but if you’re giving a kid over 12 years old a card, you’ve got to reevaluate how are living your life.




5 Responses to “A Real Halloween Trick”

  1. Matt Cowan October 1, 2017 at 9:31 am #

    What if the ghost haunting your house wants to leave you a nice Halloween card demanding you get out?


    • bmj2k October 1, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

      I would not ignore such a polite request from a specter and I’d get the heck out.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Matt Cowan October 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

        You wouldn’t fit in with most of the people who show up in horror movies then.


  2. T E Stazyk October 1, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    Concur, further retailization of everything! But I did see a good Halloween card once. The cover went on and on about looking at a horrible monster and then you opened the card it said something like “Oh, you’re not wearing a mask.”


    • bmj2k October 2, 2017 at 12:02 am #

      I’ve seen some really cute and really cool Halloween cards, but to me, they are like snowshoes at the beach.


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