Are there scaries in there?


October 20, 2010

I have a question:

Why is Halloween so scary?

Why? I don’t get it.

But seriously, why is it shit-in-your-pants scary?

Here’s the thing, I don’t like being scared. There was a balled-up piece of black thread on the bathroom floor this morning, I thought it was a spider. I squealed and then threw 6 tampons at it until I realized it was a piece of thread.

I skip the commercials with the scary movies, well, I actually skip all commercials because commercials are for losers.

And speaking of scary movies, I hate them. I loathe scary movies. I don’t get them. Why do you want to have images of such icky things in your mind? I have enough icky things in my mind as it is, I don’t need creepy shit rolling around in there too. People possessed by demons? Pass. Psychopaths on murdering sprees? Pass. But a romantic-comedy featuring Jennifer Aniston and Matt Damon? Sure, I’d go see that.

As you can tell I’m already sensitive to scary images, so I can’t imagine how freaky Halloween must be to my kids. Especially my 3 year-old daughter, Berlyn. Hudson, I don’t have to worry about yet, but for Berlyn it’s a freaky ass world out there. I want to protect my little ones’ eyes. But how do you do that when it’s EVERYWHERE. I can’t even go to Target without seeing gory witches and scary skeletons. And I love myself a well-stocked candy isle, so you can imagine the horror I already have to endure of not being able to get a 1-pound bag of Twix for me to eat all by myself while watching Arrested Development and having no intention of sharing with the neighbor kids.

And not just Target, but the grocery store too, and there’s this party store right next to Trader Joe’s with creepy ghosts dangling from the ceiling, and Berlyn asks, “are there scaries in there?”

Yes, Berlyn there are scaries in there, and now we should go fly a kite or look at pictures of a unicorn to offset all the blood and guts.

I feel like I can sorta keep the scaries under control by not going into certain stores, or down specific isles, but now it’s dripping all over my neighborhood too. And there’s not a whole lot I can do to keep Berlyn from looking.

I mean, yikes.

What do you guys do? Do you just ignore it? Explain to your kids that Halloween is the devil’s holiday and she just got a glimpse of what Hell looks like? Give her a donut to distract her? Seriously. What’s a mom to do?


A parent should just go with it. Halloween is only once a year. It’s harmless fun. Be more afraid when the kids start using FB and Twitter.

by Mike Krause on October 20, 2010

I like the “glimpse of what hell looks like” idea.

by Julie on October 20, 2010

I’ve never thought of this before! Since it’s hard to avoid the scaries, I would just try to make Halloween things seem as not-scary as you can. If you have the outlook that the decorations are kind of fun – and signal that trick-or-treating and lots o’ candy are coming – she might not focus on how scary they’re supposed to be.

by amanda on October 20, 2010

Why would you even want to shelter your kid from Halloween? It’s so much fun!

by Rachel on October 22, 2010

if they don’t notice, who am i to point it out? just keep on walkin, girl. but if they do ask, “why all the scary?”, i tell them, ” some people like gross stuff, just be thankful it’s not me!” can u imagine if i put that stuff up around the boys? they would just die! if something is scarey for kai-kai, i just tell him not to look at it, because if you can’t see something, it’s not there, right? 🙂

by jessica on October 22, 2010

just wait until she is a teenager… or worse pre-teen and wants to use halloween to dress up like a sexy candy striper, or nurse or whatever. i swear there are more boobs out on halloween then you can shake a twix at. ooooooooo SCARY.

by chelsea on October 23, 2010

Youre right chelsea, boobs are scary.
Jessica, I like what you tell your boys, “people just like gross stuff.”

by Hippo Brigade on October 24, 2010

My parents always let us dress up, and the we would play ‘hide in the dark and make a kick-butt awesome fort on Halloween because we don’t worship the devil’s holiday’. Eventually I started going trick or treating though, but the playing fort and hiding from the other trick or treaters when I was small made me not afraid of the holiday, plus the fact that I was taught that I gots me some Jesus on my side didn’t hurt either.
P.S. I never wore boobie costumes either, just tell Berlyn that the people who wear those don’t have the creativity to be something cool like a ninja or a ‘made it myself’ peacock skirt.

by Elizabeth on July 5, 2011

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