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.