Cancel Halloween? That’s Unpossible!

I’ve seen a number of posts on social and “normal” media regarding the cancelling of Halloween. I would just like to point out that you can not simply cancel a holiday.1 You may not be able to celebrate it the way you normally would,2 but you can still celebrate.

I a prime example of this is the
Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers Monster Mash For Literacy Bash. This is a Halloween party held by the writers group I belong to which raises money for the Dominican Literacy Organization. While we normally hold the party at VFW Post 9222 in Berkley, MI, COVID has forced us to switch to an on-line party format. For more information, please click here.

Other in-face meetings have switched to on-line as well. Members of the GLAHW, myself included, have performed readings at the
Hazel Park Library for the past few years. This year, as with many, many things, those readings will appear via Zoom instead of in person. For more information, please click here.

I do have one upcoming, in person event planned before the big night. I will be one of 13
3 vendors at a pop-up event: The Black Cat Art Pop-Up.

The answer to the big question“Will you still be decorating your house/handing out candy?” is a resounding yes. I don’t know how many kids we will get
4, but there will still be treats available for those who show up. I am in the process of delivering a candy delivery device5 which will allow me to maintain appropriate social distance.

This year’s theme will be a scary carnival. This will allow me to use all of that clown material I bought at the end of the year in 2017. 2018 was supposed to be the big carnival, but that was the year that creepy clowns started showing up all over the country and scaring the crap out of people, so I chose to shelve the idea.

Halloween is a time when everyone can be a kid again. It is a time where you can let go of the person you have to be all of the time and embrace the opportunity to be someone, or something, else.
10 It is a time where you can enjoy being scared. We’ve all been living in a state of perpetual anxiety during this stupid year, but now we have a chance to let some of that go. Dress up, watch a scary movie, read a horror novel11, have a scary cocktail or three.

Enjoy being scared and have a great Halloween.

1 You might be able to get rid of a holiday, however. For example, I’ve been a staunch supporter of eliminating Columbus Day for decades.

2 For example, there are a lot of things that I normally do in person that will be done virtually this year.

3 A very auspicious number.

4 At the beginning of the year I was planning for a
ton of Trick-or-Treaters — full moon and a Saturday?

5 Don’t worry, despite the numerous jokes I’ve made about how frozen Snickers bars fly farther, the candy will slide down a chute. I haven’t made a slingshot, trebuchet, potato gun, or other such ballistic candy launcher.

6 Or have I?

7 I haven’t. Or if I have, I won’t be using it on the kids.

8 Remember that? It’s not the first time my Halloween plans have had to change. Adaptability is the name of the game.

9 Much the way I will be shelving the zombies/infection suits I had up last year.

10 Yeah, I do this all the time. So what?

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