As a child, Halloween was always my favourite holiday. I was very into the spookiness that came along with Halloween, I loved getting dressed up as my favourite character, and I loved candy. I shouldn’t say “loved” candy, because I still love candy, but that is neither here nor there.
This is the first year that I’m living in a house that’s in town, not out in the country, where kids might actually trick or treat and I won’t be going out to a party or bar on Halloween. I started thinking that kids would likely come to our house trick-or-treating, and that buying candy might be something we should do.
The thing is, I, a lover of Halloween and new found quasi-minimalist, am having a tough time thinking about Halloween this year.
- Excess of Candy. Although I loved getting as much candy as my bag could fit as a child, now it seems so unreasonable for a child to have 200 pieces of candy to eat. Mine would last a few weeks at best, so it basically meant major overconsumption of treats, which weren’t necessary at all in my diet.
- Candy Wrapper Waste. You can’t give out any homemade goodies (for understandable reasons), so there really isn’t another option from buying pre-packaged candies, chocolate, and chips. Each candy is individually wrapped. That is a LOT of garbage going into landfills . I did hear this year about an elementary school collecting the wrappers and making bags out of them, but this is only for certain packages and it’s the first school I’ve heard of following this.
- Costumes. People purchase costumes that they wear once, maybe a few times if they go to a few different parties or Halloween events. Many costumes can be $100 or more! And almost every single expensive costume is made of cheap material and likely made using cheap labour. I refuse to buy clothing unless I know I am going to wear it a lot and get my money’s worth, so I have a hard time thinking about ever buying a Halloween costume again. Making costumes is an option, and swapping costumes is an even cheaper and more minimalist option!
- Decorations. I love the decorations for Halloween. My favourite houses to visit always had graveyards set up in the front yard, with corn stalks, hay bales, etc. The problem is a lot of this stuff needs to be purchased every year. Again, more waste.
Halloween is definitely not a minimalist holiday. Now that I think of it, most holidays are pretty much the opposite of minimalist. This does not mean that Halloween is ruined for me, I just plan on celebrating it a bit differently. I won’t be buying a costume, and I think I have to work on Halloween night so it takes the issue of buying candy out of my mind for this year at least.
Do you think buying Halloween candy is a good idea, or bad idea? What do you plan to spend on this Halloween?