Why I don’t like Halloween

 By Avramit Katsnelson, Class of 2011

    What could someone possibly have against such a fun holiday? you may be wondering.  Everyone gets to dress up in costumes and eat lots of candy.  It’s harmless!  Some people are such sticks in the mud!  Although Halloween seems to be a night of innocent fun, it has a deeper layer that is not so innocent.  October 31st, the whole month of October, in fact, is devoted to encouraging and exalting horror, involvement with evil spirits, and vandalism.  As a result, children grow up making light of such things, which is detrimental to society.

     Violence.  Monsters.  Horror is one of the main aspects of Halloween.  People will sit in their dark rooms at home and watch scary movies in honor of the occasion.  Actually, the word scary does not even begin to describe the disgusting things people delight in this time of year.  They will watch people being murdered with axes or saws, or being terrorized by vampires or ghosts.  It is absolutely gruesome.  (This is reminiscent of the days of Ancient Rome, when people would flock by the thousands to watch people be tortured to death or eaten by bloodthirsty animals.)  It is sickening to think that people can actually enjoy such things.  They must be masochistic to not only subject themselves to such terrible scenes, but to do this knowing that they will remain in fear long after the movie is over.  Worse than the fear is the fact that subjection to such bloodcurdling scenes (whether in movies or books) causes the viewer to ultimately be desensitized to such things.  In other words, a person who sees nothing wrong with indulging in horror will eventually be able to sit and watch a man be tortured (e.g. cut in half with an ax) without even wincing.

     Another problem with Halloween is its preoccupation with evil spirits.  From ghosts to witchcraft, October has become about embracing the dark side of the supernatural.  Not only are people made to believe that ghosts and vampires are “cool,” but they are inspired to contact evil spirits in order to obtain the powers that they do not have as humans.  As a Christian, I find this unacceptable.  People should be encouraged to help others, not to “dabble” in witchcraft or séances (dabble is in quotation marks because it implies that witchcraft is something to be taken lightly, like learning a new language).

     Lastly, Halloween promotes vandalism.  On the night before Halloween (appropriately labeled mischief night), or on Halloween itself, children and teenagers go around throwing toilet paper on lawns or aiming eggs at homes and cars.  While this may seem to many to be in good fun, it is no fun for those at the receiving end, to those who end up having to clean up the mess.  People have become disrespectful enough as it is without Halloween encouraging such behavior.  Children should be taught to respect others and their property.  Allowing them to celebrate an occasion associated with mischief does not help raise mature, helpful, considerate members of society.

     In light of the above, I refuse to consider Halloween a holiday.  With its encouragement of violence, vandalism, and connection with evil spirits through witchcraft and other means, it is in no way a “holy day.”  I do not celebrate it and feel that others shouldn’t as well.  However, I am not against a day when people dress up in costumes and eat candy!  There’s nothing wrong with that (unless one is to go into the health concerns)!

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2 Comments to “Why I don’t like Halloween”

  1. oh i don’t like Halloween , too.

  2. The best response I have is all things in moderation. I, like you, hold my values high for myself and family. However, that being said I do use the day as a teaching experience for my kids. We do discuss other beliefs and why some people may hold those beliefs as a religion. I am confident enough in the religion my family I practice that I have little concern of anyone in my house being converted to some other belief. I do concur with your assertation that our American society is dull to the feelings of others. However i do not thing limiting exposure to such things as movies and Halloween is the answer but rather good family values practiced at home.

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