Halloween is over-hyped, over-the-top – The Hawkeye

It’s time for pumpkins and sweaters to usher in the new fall season. But with the changing seasons, Halloween merchandise is being promoted in major grocery stores. Walmart displayed its Halloween-themed candy and costumes in early August.

Halloween may have been relevant in its early days, but it has become overrated and lost its relevance. Now, that’s just an excuse to dress up, watch nerdy movies, and gorge on candy.

The custom stems from the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain when people would light bonfires and dress up to repel spirits.

Halloween has become a day of activities such as candy bars, carved pumpkins, parties, fancy dress, candy, and horror movies.

Trick-or-treat is the most common Halloween tradition where children in costumes snatch candy from their neighbors’ houses. This seemingly innocent practice increases the chances of children developing dental problems such as cavities.

Halloween candy is just as bad. Common candies like Pixy Sticks are just colored sugar and Dubble Bubbles lose their flavor as soon as you put them in your mouth.

According to UConn Today, an average Jack-O-Lantern bucket contains about 250 candies, representing about three pounds of sugar.

Not all children will eat all of these candies, but it is a possibility.

Not all guardians regulate how much or how often their children eat candy. Unregulated children are at a much higher risk of developing tooth decay.

The worst part is the terrible quality of the Halloween costumes and the candy. Inexpensive polyester designed and colored to resemble personalities or media figures is tagged with outrageous prices far above its quality.

It is customary for people to spend hundreds of dollars on costumes that they will only wear once.

According to the NRF’s annual survey, the average consumer is expected to spend around $ 100 on costumes, candy, decorations, and greeting cards.

All of these activities have one thing in common: contact with others.

Although the CDC has offered recommendations for social distancing and wearing a mask, this does not protect Halloween enthusiasts from the rising crime rate.

There are about 17% more crime-related claims on Halloween, according to CBS News.

Halloween should be a time to introspect the darker aspects of your life rather than the overrated and costly vacation it has become.