Samhain (Halloween for the non-Pagans out there) is the traditional Pagan festival that occurs on October 31. It is a day dedicated to the rituals celebrating the lives of those who did not make it and paying respect to ancestors. It is also supposedly the end of the growing season (although the mean first freeze in Williston is not until Christmas Day).
But, just like with anyone else in any other faith, not all of us in the Pagan/Wicca/Witch faith celebrate Samhain.
I, for one, flat out hate Samhain.
Here are six reasons why I hate October 31.
• It is merely a pathetic excuse for adults to violate public indecency laws. More than likely, if you look long enough, you will see several adults come in with attire that would get them a one way ride to the county jail. Readers of this site – even during the Blogspot days – should know by now that our Constitution does not protect clothing and that most US municipalities and all US states have classified some articles of clothing – including a raft of Halloween costumes for adults you can find at the entrance of Party City – as public indecency or indecent exposure.
• It is the anniversary of Greg Moore’s death. On Samhain 1999, I was watching the NFL and racing. I decided to turn to a CART race on WJBF-DT (then WJBF-TV) News Channel 6 that was taking place at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. I had the grave misfortune of watching the race early on. That is because Mr. Moore smashed an inside concrete wall (literally) head first before flipping several times afterwards. Unbeknownst to me, when I turned on the local news on WRDW News 12 at Six, I remember watching the segment called the Big Finish. The sportscaster then showed the horrific crash that I previously saw. It was then when I heard him say that Mr. Moore died in that crash. In 2014, I learned that Mr. Moore was killed instantly in that crash and, after watching the video on YouTube for the very first time, the cause of death was a basal skull fracture – the same injury that killed Gonzalo Rodriguez on September 11 of that year at Laguna Seca, and the same kind of injury that would later claim the lives of Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin Junior, Tony Roper, Dale Earnhardt Senior and Blaise Alexander – all within the next 25 months.
• Cultural appropriation. Even if the attire is within the confines of the law, some attire appropriates marginalized people and their stereotypes. This is a growing problem. Unlike with jokes, which any group of people (including men) can be a victim of a totally unfunny and offensive joke, power dynamics actually do come into play when it comes to cultural appropriation. What that means is that it is offensive for cisgender people to dress up as a transgender person, an able bodied person to dress up as someone with a mental illness, and for women who are not sex workers to dress up in attire so skimpy, they could be mistaken for a sex worker (note: Sugar babies and findommes are also sex workers). Straight people, clothed people, whites and men cannot be victims of cultural appropriation.
• Racist and sexist decorations. There are plenty of these decorations during Sahmain season. These range from decorations of lynching colored people to decorations of boys/scarecrows with extremely turgid erections trying to intimidate guests.
• Hard candy. I do not like most of the hard candy that is associated with Samhain. The only kinds I like are the Smarties, Skittles and Starburst. That is it.
• Horror movies. Yea, I am definitely not a fan of horror flicks. And not just because they simply can not be unseen. They actually make it much more difficult for me to sleep – and that is the absolute last thing I and any other person with a mental illness need as we have enough issues as it is.
And that is the end of that.