Have you noticed in recent years that Halloween has morphed into a Giant Retail Extravaganza? Whole sections of stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot now feature rows and rows of Halloween stuff.
Dedicated Halloween and costume stores have popped up in abandoned storefronts. Our very own grocery store stocks phony gravestones to turn your front yard into a creepy cemetery. Icicle lights — once a Christmas decoration — now come in orange and purple, and you can also purchase giant lit spider webs, strobe lights, skull light strings, cauldrons and smoke machines for home use.
The lure to buy and festoon our house with all manner of Halloween stuff can be tempting. Those of us (like me) who can be lured by such things must have extra vigilance and resolve.
I have to remind myself that outfitting the house with complex Halloween decorations will require more spending of my hard-earned money, more storage in the garage and basement, more time spent putting up and taking down, and more clutter. This totally goes against my goal to spend more time in my easy chair with my feet up.
So I say to myself, Must we really have a special Halloween-themed door mat?
Will our front door seem naked without a special black and purple Halloween wreath?
$149 for a phony, life-size witch — really? But where will she sleep when the holiday ends?
Will our Halloween cookies taste better if I use a special seasonal spatula?
Would skull beverage dispensers really make our parties more festive?
How about you? Do you go all out for Halloween, or are you trying to simplify? What’s the most outrageously needless Halloween-themed item you’ve seen in the stores? I’d love to hear what you find.
P.S. Congratulations to Lisa R., who won the copy of my new cookbook “101 Things To Do With a Pickle!”