Over the weekend I was driving around Regina completing a few errands when I noticed several pop up Halloween stores have opened up. Halloween candy has also gone on sale, which is not going to be easy for my waistline or teeth over the next several weeks!
Considering Halloween is still over a month and a half away, how early is too early for Halloween merchandise to be out? This is similar, albeit on a smaller scale, than the Christmas debate that happens every year. As a kid I don’t recall seeing Halloween stuff out on shelves until about the first week of October, but over the years the merchandise seems to be arriving earlier and earlier. Parents and kids have just finished purchasing school supplies and new school outfits, is now really a time to start buying Halloween costumes?
I know many people LOVE Halloween and I suspect many of the specialty Halloween stores are geared towards adults preparing for those Halloween parties and get-togethers. Perhaps I’ve never experienced a wild and crazy Halloween party that requires several weeks, maybe months, of planning and prep whereby Halloween stores are needed asap! If that’s the case, I’m open to party invites, fyi!
When I think of Halloween I automatically think of buying costumes big enough to fit over snow suits because it’s ALWAYS freezing on October 31st. When ghoulish merchandise arrives during the first week of September it’s a reminder of the approaching cold weather, autumn, and eventually winter. Let’s just enjoy the remaining days of summer and let the kids enjoy their new outfits and school supplies before jumping into Halloween already. In other words, I think it’s way too early to think about October 31st. Let’s wait until at least September 30th to do that.
Having said that, I salute the Halloween stores and enthusiasts for their creativity and passion for that frightening October 31st night. Every year costumes look better and better and I, no doubt, expect to see some wild and wicked looking characters this year.