I’m not going to beat around the bush. Or in this case the pumpkin.

I’m not a fan of Halloween which is a non-holiday holiday.  Sure I loved it when I was a kid but that’s my main problem with it. It’s for kids yet adults try and hijack the day to make themselves part of it.  Here are eight other reasons why I don’t like Halloween:

  1. I dislike parents who send their child to your door with instructions to also get candy for a brother or sister who is home sick.
  2. Those same parents often allow their children to run on your grass instead of walking up the driveway.
  3. I hate any Halloween-themed scary movies, especially ones that feature Michael Myers or Freddie Krueger.
  4. Halloween decorations are for the most part ugly and gross.
  5. Costumes, or should I say the lack thereof. I love the little children who dress up as superheroes and princesses and things like that.  However what about the older kids who won’t take the time to work on a costume so they throw on a hoodie and some face paint and think that’s good enough.  It’s not!
  6. Older kids trick or treating to begin with. If you’re old enough to drive a car then that’s too old to go around house to house.  Stay home and hand our candy to the little kids.
  7. Adults who are really into Halloween and get kicks out of scaring others. Makes me wonder.
  8. And now for the elephant in the room or in this case is it the ghost in the room? Only in Toms River and a handful of surrounding towns do we hold “trick or treating” not on Halloween but the day before (tomorrow).  This is to allow the annual Toms River Halloween Parade to be held on the day itself which if you ask why it has to be that way you are told because it’s almost always been that way.  Actually nobody really wants you to ask the question.

By the way if you have neighbors who recently moved to Toms River, Beachwood, Pine Beach, Island Heights or South Toms River do them a solid and let them know that “trick or treaters” will be ringing their doorbell tomorrow, some of whom will be from another town so they can “double dip.”

It’s all in the Halloween spirit.