It is early September, yet stores are loaded with aisles and aisles of Halloween decorations. It used to be that the focus of this holiday was on the costumes and candy, but home décor has seemingly exploded with all things Halloween and fall. There are now collectible village sets, linens, Vampire Blood candles, and pumpkins in every conceivable size and material. It has become a full-on major merchandising holiday.

I had been noticing the increase in volume and how stores now highlight Halloween instead of just having a display, but what really tipped me off to the growth was the addition of purple and orange-handled storage totes. Just like the red and green version for Christmas decorations, now a different set is needed to keep the Halloween decorations the other ten months of the year.

Before you jump on the must-decorate-for-fall bandwagon, think about the energy that is required to keep and maintain all those goodies in the off season. What happened to carving live pumpkins that survive for the season and then are tossed into the compost bin? Can’t some colored corn cobs and dried corn stalks suffice for your entrance way? Or an array of mini-gourds to spice up the mantle?

You can acknowledge the change of seasons without commercializing it.


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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