The wintery season is well under way. You’re snuggled up on the sofa ready to watch your favourite gameshow, not a care in a world except for the tea in your mug, and then there’s a knock at the door. Three young teens stand in your porch, masks covering their face and your heart sinks. “Trick or treat”.

“Don’t take sweets from strangers” is a message engrained into us from a young age, and let’s face it, it’s a pretty sensible one. Yet when October 31st comes around this phrase is momentarily erased from the minds of the nation. We live in a world that is terrified of the unknown, yet on Halloween, we actively encourage young children to knock on the doors of strangers and demand free food.

England is often criticised for its addiction to health and safety, and the majority of the nation would probably agree it is all a tad excessive. But why for one day of the year is it deemed acceptable to walk the streets with your identity hidden by a mask? Where does this sudden surge of trust come from?

But satisfying your child’s sweet tooth at the hands of a stranger isn’t the thing sending chills down my spine this halloween, (and no I’m not referring to your inflatable Asda value wings, they’re actually pretty cool).

18,000 tonnes of Pumpkin will head for landfill in the aftermath of October 31st. The same weight as 1,500 double decker buses and enough to make at least 4,500,000 batches of pumpkin soup. With an estimated 500,000 people in the UK reliant on Food Aid how can we justify such waste?

The market for Halloween is densely populated. Enter any supermarket in the month of October and you will be overwhelmed by cotton cobwebs and sinister cackles emerging from creepy and somewhat tacky decorations. So where is the need for the Jack O’ Lantern? It may be an iconic symbol of the spooky season but it is one that appears to be severely outdated.

Halloween is a manifestation of everything that as a nation, we actively work to prevent.

Every Other Day Of The Year

October 31st

Don’t take sweets from strangers

Actively seek out strangers and ask for sweets

Don’t let your children watch horror films

Dress them up as flesh eating zombies

Be wary of the amount of sugar your children eat

Encourage them to eat mystery sweets.

Minimise food waste

Carve up pumpkins for fun and allow them to rot

Where is the logic?
Boycott Halloween – Save the pumpkin! … and your children’s teeth.

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Nadine Forshaw

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Full time copy writer, blogger and journalist. Lover of coffee, spinach, and dog videos. Graduated from the University of Winchester with First Class Honours in Journalism, now working as a full time content write for a B2B agency, hunting down my opportunity to join the front line of breaking news. Interviewed influential politicians including Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage. Not afraid to ask the tough questions.