Halloween and other shite…

To be perfectly honest, I fucking hate Halloween. It’s another crappy American import designed to seperate adults from their cash using the pester power of their kids.

I hate it even more because around here our street is being taken over by US airforce personnel from the two nearby airbases. It’s like a fucking ghetto. Streets full of bloody great gas guzzlers. Being woken at 5:30am when they fuck off to work. It’s a nightmare and it’s not going to get any better while the locals are priced out of the rental market by the mighty dollar!

But that’s not the only reason I hate Halloween. I hate it because it’s the start of the enforced jollity and piss up season. You know – that period where we use the run up to christmas as an excuse to do fuck all.

It’s Bonfire Night next that runs for a week and now gets prolonged by diwali. Then the yanks jump in again with their Thankgiving piss ups. What the fuck are they giving thanks for? Perhaps that they’re here not in their own shit country?

And have you tried getting a meal in restaurant between now and christmas? No fucking chance! All full of office parties. And then, just when you think it’s all coming to an end there’s the week long christmas when we all pretend to like each before going back to hating each others guts after yet another piss up and bang bangs on new years eve.

Yes, that’s why I hate Halloween. I wish the yanks would fuck off home and take their airbases and retailfests with them!



6 responses to “Halloween and other shite…

  1. I have found that if you call it, “All Hallows Eve” (leaving out the ‘een’ crap), it really fucks with their silly heads. It’s also helpful to explain to the muppets that on this one night every year the dead really can contact the living – it’s a joy to watch their funny little faces all freaked out by the realisation that what they thought was just a Disney-type game might have some basis in reality.
    By the way, I mean Snowflakes, not children.

  2. Is this some new definition of reality that you are using here Ed?

  3. Bernard from Bucks.

    Early November was the time in the Celtic calendar when the festival of Samhain was held. This marked the end of harvest and the beginning of the Celtic New Year. No USofA influence then?
    A Ed P correctly states above, this was the time when people believed that this was the period when restless souls returned from the dead.
    Christians living in the C9 and C10 tried to transform the beliefs of the pagan Celts with the introduction of All Saints’ Day on November 1st and All Souls’ Day on the 2nd The 31st October therefore became All Hallows Eve..
    No USofA influence here?
    Turnips, pumpkin lanterns, masks, witches and ghouls have been around for ages and ages.
    The sad change that has come from the USofA, is ‘Trick or Treat’.
    The sad follow up to this is the rampant commercialism.

  4. Bernard from Bucks.

    As a follow-up to my earlier comment, I have just discovered that –
    “The origins of trick or treating and dressing up were in the 16th century in Ireland, Scotland and Wales where people went door-to-door in costume asking for food in exchange for a poem or song.
    Many dressed up as souls of the dead, or Aos Si, and were understood to be protecting themselves from the spirits by impersonating them.”
    So perhaps the ‘yanks’ stole the idea from here?
    Anyway, I’m glad to see that the English had nothing to do with it. 😉

  5. Hi Stony – yes, they have their pathetic fantasies and I have mine!

  6. Hi Ed, I suppose we all have a few delusions to hang on to, we wouldn’t be able to get through life otherwise.

    In a free market economy, isn’t it inevitable that things such as Halloween will become commercialised? As long as there are people wanting to make a bit of dosh, there will be commercialisation of things.