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Debate, Halloween

Diverse debate – halloween

Halloween in the UK

happy Halloween signageHalloween has certainly grown in momentum over the years. When I was a child in the 80’s no one decorated or did very much at all. In my house, we did not celebrate at all. 

Since having children, I made the decision to celebrate Halloween and each year there has been an increase in Halloween themed products in the stores in the UK. Some would argue commercialism, but for me, it is really handy and makes celebrating much easier than when LJ and CJ were small. Back then, I would have to make a lot of things myself, which is fine if you have the time or would rather make your own, but now that I am in full-time work, I am thankful that items are available in store. Although, we still have a long way to go to catch up with the enthusiasm of our American friends!

Why I celebrate?

I choose to celebrate because I love a chance to have some fun with the kids and as a family. I love themed fun as it makes it so much easier to think of things to do. Over the years we have done so many fun things for Halloween. We dress up and go trick or treating every year, although now that FJ is ten, we will not have many more years left before she is too old to go trick or treating with her parents!

We have made Halloween cards to give to family and friends and we have made all sorts of cakes and cookies with a Halloween theme. Our family has thrown our own Halloween party and also been to a number of Halloween discos and parties. We have made treat bags to give out on Halloween and of course every year we have carved pumpkins. We have also made our own Halloween pinata’s, decorated our house and made lots of decorations and other crafty items. All of this has been done as a family so I find it difficult to see why celebrating Halloween would be seen as a negative. 

two pumpkins with faces carved on brown wooden table

Some fun facts!

According to BBC Religion and Ethics, Halloween actually originated in the UK, although of course, it was not like we know today. In 1845 a million Irish people emigrated to America and not long after came the first reference to Halloween in American history. They also describe America choosing pumpkins as the Halloween vegetable as, before that, English children would hollow out turnips. 

Metro reports the growth in halloween related consumerism in the UK. In 2001 Halloween spending was £12 million. Whereas in 2016 Halloween spending was a massive £320 million!

This post is the topic for my #DiverseDebate hour which will be taking place on Twitter tonight between 8 and 9 pm, UK time.

We will be debating

  • Should we celebrate Halloween?
  • Has Halloween become too commercialised?
  • Reasons people do not celebrate?
  • Do people think that celebrating relates to celebrating the devil? or is it harmless family fun?

I would love to know what you think, so if you can’t make tonights debate then please drop your comments below. You are also more than welcome to email me any time, I would love to hear from you


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