The “back-to-school sales have barely started. Labour Day is a month away, and Canadian Thanksgiving is six weeks after that. Only then, traditionally, do people start thinking about Halloween. But I call already buy “Coffin Crisp” chocolate bars.
If I bought Halloween candy now, it would be long gone by October 31. Maybe that’s the reasoning behind the early display. Halloween has become a big deal culturally and as a marketing event. Start early and sell more. So I guess I am not surprised, even if I do have concerns about the societal implications of a holiday devoted to evil. I understand that most people don’t see it that way, but there is that line about lipstick on a pig that seems appropriate. Halloween may appear to be harmless fun, but those aren’t its roots and there is a spiritual dimension that many people have chosen to ignore.
It isn’t that I am opposed to people planning early for a special season. As a music programmer, I appreciate it when musicians and record companies send me seasonal material early. A Christmas song sent to me in December is unlikely to receive airplay until the following year – I try to work ahead.
That said, I find the Christmas music has started arriving in my inbox earlier than ever before. Normally the influx starts around mid-September. This year the first song arrived in mid-July. I haven’t listened to it yet; I couldn’t face the thought of Christmas tunes during a record-breaking summer heat wave. I’ll wait until September.
For three full months my local grocer will have a Halloween display. There is only so much space dedicated to seasonal displays, so I guess that means Christmas won’t be featured as much this year.
I guess that shows where their priorities lie. Rather sad when you think about it.