Mini Poll: Tricks or Treats in the City?
Back when MayorSlay.com was just a little newsletter, people celebrated a single night of Halloween. Families had little parties -- maybe watched a scary movie on TV. Young children dressed up in costumes, like Wonder Woman or Richard Nixon, to go trick-or-treating. Precocious youth had riddles (see the mayor’s own list here). Adults had Tootsie Rolls and candy corn.
Today, neighborhoods throughout the City celebrate Halloween with parties that would make Lady GaGa blush. Soccer moms from St. Louis Hills line up outside Johnnie Brocks to buy animated stuffed witches and digital jack-o-lanterns. Americans spend $2 billion a year just on candy. Commercial haunted houses dot the local landscape like cobwebbed Walgreens.
And it is a measure of something, probably not something good, that people now talk about “the Halloween season.”
Season? When did Halloween turn into a days-long, outdoor decorations kind of celebration? Christmas is a season. Sukkoth is a season. Kurban Bayrami is a season. Heck, SuperBowl Week is a season. Not Halloween, surely.
But, as usual, you are the real arbiters of the region’s best behavior. So, MayorSlay.com has a few questions for all you Mummies and Deadies.