Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore.
In 2014, about 70% of Americans will participate in Halloween, and will spend $7.4 billion. Yes, that’s with a “b”.
This huge avalanche of funds will go on such items as candy, costumes and decorations.
Halloween candy alone has run up a $2 billion tab every Halloween for the past three years.
And $350 million will go for pet Halloween costumes.
Spending on Halloween has risen by more than 55% since 2005.
Here’s how those expenses break down:
Costumes – 38%
Cards – 5%
Decorations – 27%
Candy – 27%
Those putting out this avalanche of money will, of course, be adults. And a lot of those costumes will be worn by adults at parties across the nation.
This will be especially true in San Francisco.
In 1979, Halloween in its Castro District shifted from being a children’s event to a celebration among homosexuals.
The massive crowds quickly overwhelmed the streets, mass transit and due to the Castro’s location along two major transport corridors, disrupting traffic flow well outside the neighborhood.
In 2002, 500,000 people celebrated Halloween in the Castro and four people were stabbed.
It continued to grow into a massive annual street party until 2006, when a shooting wounded nine people and prompted the city to call off the event.
In 2007, 600 police were deployed in the Castro on Halloween. By 2010, San Francisco had banned the event in the Castro, directing celebrants to various balls and parties elsewhere.
But there’s another force working to suppress Halloween joy among its participants: Political Correctness.
A recent article in Anaswers.com offers Politically Correct advice on how to enjoy Halloween–without hurting the Politically Correct sensitivities of almost every group imaginable.
Adolf Hitler: “There should be no need to explain why a Hitler costume is wrong. It’s offensive and upsetting to many people, especially those who survived the Holocaust and those who lost family members to it.”
Homeless Persons: “Dressing kids up as hobos used to be cute, but now it is a no-no. It is rude to the growing homeless population in America, which includes people of all walks of life and all economic profiles.”
Illegal Alien: “Making light of the issues America faces with the constant deluge of illegal immigrants crossing the borders is not politically correct, and it’s disrespectful to the people attempting to cross the borders, or even those who immigrated legally.”
Terrorist: “With terrorism hitting the news 24/7, it is never okay to dress as a terrorist. Even worse, some parents allow their kids to dress this way.”
Others on the list of groups that Answers.com believes it’s Politically Incorrect to dress up as include:
- Blacks (if you’re white)
- Plane crash victims
- Michael Brown (the thug whose shooting by a Ferguson, Missouri cop has touched off race riots)
- “Dirty Mexicans” (features a picture of a woman wearing a mariachi outfit and a man sporting a sombrero, serape and drooping moustache)
- Dead Steve Irwin (the publicity-hungry “Crocodile Hunter” who died when he got too close to a manta ray and it put a stinger through his chest)
- Christopher Reeve (the “Superman” actor who was paralyzed from a horse fall, wearing a large white neck brace)
- Pimp (“Glamorizing this type of person is offensive to all the women who get stuck in that vicious world”)
- Naughty Priest/Nun (“It is offensive to anyone stuck in the middle of all the church scandals that became big news in the ’90s and 2000s”)
If you follow the guidelines of this article, you might as well skip Halloween altogether.
So, if you subtract all the costumes that Politically Correct mavens say you shouldn’t wear, here’s what you end up with:
DON’T DRESS UP AS:
- Hobos, because it will hurt the feelings of bums who won’t be attending Halloween parties anyway.
- Adolf Hitler, because you’ll offend anyone who survived the Holocaust. (The same could be said for any actor who portrays Hitler in a movie, such as Downfall or The Bunker.)
- Terrorists, because you might upset Islamics, who make up the vast majority of the world’s terrorists.
- Illegal aliens, because it’s not nice to spotlight people who constantly violate the immigration laws of the United States.
- Naughty priests, because it’s offensive to mock religious hypocrites who violate the bodies of children.
This list is potentially endless.
Yet no one objects to children–or adults–dressing up as pirates like Blackbeard, who once terrorized the oceans as modern-day terrorists menace the world.
No one objects to those who dress up like skeletons–when almost everyone has lost a friend or family member to death.
No one objects to those who dress up as witches, who have been associated with evil for hundreds of years.
No one objects to those who dress up as Satan–the literal personification of evil for millions of Christians, Jews and Muslims.
The whole idea of Halloween is to momentarily step into a character that’s utterly different from you.
So if you are a terrorist, try dressing up at Halloween as Dr. Albert Schweitzer or Florence Nightingale.