I may love Halloween too much.

Do you celebrate a "Fall Festival" instead of Halloween? That is like people who use substitute cuss words, we know what your real intent is, even though you've churched it up a bit.

Let's start with the fact that if you are reading this you are probably in Lubbock, Texas. We really don't have Fall here. There are no color-changing leaves that sail lazily along on a light breeze. What actually happens here is, there is one excessively windy day and all the trees go from full of leaves to buck-nekkid in one afternoon.

"Fall Festivals" are just a passive-aggressive way to look down your nose at Halloween. It doesn't make you Martha Stewart or a holier-than-thou person because you've chosen the crafty and non-spooky way to celebrate the season. In other words, we don't need Fall wreaths on doors, we need skeletons.

Of course, you don't have to participate in Halloween, but don't try to suck the fun out of our day. Now it would be simple to say that your holiday doesn't affect ours, but I know different. Valuable space on the shelves is now being taken up by "Fall Gnomes" instead of bloody severed hands (hilarious!) and our grinning jack-o-lanterns are being replaced by a tasteful batch of ceramic gourds.

Halloween is a FUN time, especially for kids and your (usually religious-based) weirdness just ruins it for everybody. Halloween (or versions of it) has been around for over 200 years. Unlike Christmas, Christians were not able to overwrite this holiday with their own holiday, still, that doesn't mean anyone is summoning the devil in a Buzz Lightyear costume.

Let us have our day, or I'm stretching the December 5th Krampus holiday all the way through Christmas.

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