Monday, November 27, 2017

Holidays Ignored, Holidays Depressed

For those of you who keep up with this blog I wish to thank you for your continued support. For those of you who check in periodically and binge, I thank you too.

Did you notice I skipped Halloween? I also skipped something special for Thanksgiving too. For that I am sorry because the THANK YOU should have been visible Thanksgiving Day.

Part of it was health issues but the rest is rooted in a deep depression of sadness, apathy and the hangover of mourning for a holiday lost. My Halloween, the Halloween of my heart, my youth and my history is all but lost.

Maybe because I am approaching my father's age and I am pissed about these damn kids on my lawn. Maybe because I don't understand change in an ever changing universe. Maybe I am tired of seeing horror icons selling cereal and immortalized in hokey masks sold with tee shirts.

And not maybe; I went to supplement my Halloween decor this year and found nothing but costumes for adults and friendly depictions of those entities that should be sending a chill up my spine.

Why? Why is this so? Why are zombies dancing? Why do I have to hear another bar of 'Monster Mash'? Why is Casper the Friendly Ghost the High Ruler of Halloween Town!?

The clerk told me in a matter of fact tone, "Scares the kids."

"Scares the freaking adults you mean." I just, deep, deep down in my soulless soul, refuse to accept this.

"But Halloween is about parties and fun. No one wants to be scared."

But Halloween just isn't the mysterious wonder it once was. The legend, the stories, the thrills...

Put aside Trick or Treating and the sick son of a bitches that are out there; put aside prospective home invaders that use a children's masks as a ploy; and the over politicization of costumes as cultural appropriation being the most ignorant...

Why do we so inclined to neuter our horror? Why do we find it necessary to laugh at these depictions? Safe spaces?

Horror is rooted in folklore; the story of our history as a people. Our nursery rhymes and bed time stories with The Sandman, the Werewolf, the Ghost, etc. are purveyors of our stories our morality tales teaching children lessons upon which they could build their character.

The monsters that followed onto the cinema, first as the immortal German silent films, brought those dream like horrors to life with imaginative tales, even more imaginative sets that both delighted and terrified their public but in the end taught values of solid morality of good versus evil.

The baton was then handed to Universal, who after a time screwed up but then came Hammer...

My point: What these icons remind us is that evil is ever present in the world and that evil can be defeated. Think about it in real life. This is an important notion we should keep in mind everyday rather than simply trivializing evil to the point of simply laughing at it while it festers and grows.

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