Okay, so maybe hate is too strong a word but I am not a fan of Halloween. I think I have a great sense of whimsy and a decent aptitude for play. After all, I 'm the one who names all the inanimate objects in my life - Wilson (iphone), MacHenry (MacBookPro), Oskar (my silver bug), Sammy (my bike) and on and on and on. So hear me on this: I am not afraid of whimsy, I am not too stuffy to dress up. I am, however, too busy or, more accurately, not interested enough to deal with this festival of costumes.
I view Halloween as a kids's day - a day for kids to put on their fantasies and play to them. As an adult, my fantasies aren't camouflaged in costumes. My fantasies involve time alone and/or time with good friends. I don't want to have to pretend to be a witch or a lego or an 80's aerobic instructor. I just wanna be me. I don't want to spend ANY time looking for a suitable costume. I don't care about it.
Additionally think Halloween is yet another example of a cool little thing gone way over the top. Trick or treating in your immediate neighborhood for a half an hour or so is great. It was fun as a kid to go to the homes of the neighbors and let them comment on your costume. But when kids come back to their homes after canvassing the town for two or three hours and they have pillowcases of poison, that's just plain wrong. I used to feel as if Halloween belongs to little kids only and 12 was about the cut off age. I must admit that I have changed my mind about that and I think trick or treating is fine for older kids - IF they do their part and wear a costume. I never bother to make a comment though if a kid didn't wear a costume. I just think what a loser that kid is.
Perhaps the key word here is simplicity. If Halloween could have stayed just a one night thing (or even just a one week thing) for kids, I might have continued to enjoy it. Perhaps it is my cynicism operating but I am keenly aware of the marketing behind Halloween (and Christmas and Valentine's Day and Mother's Day and all the rest). I hate feeling manipulated into buying bags of poison to hand out to anyone coming to the door. I hate being manipulated into wearing a costume and pretending this is all very cool. I DO enjoy little kids living out their imaginations and pretending to be something new - how fun! I DO like a little infusion of fall colors here and there. I just don't want to be pushed into the whole charade.