Is It July 4th, Columbus Day, Or Halloween? I’m Confused!

Here’s an oddball byproduct of global warming: New York State Park officials reopened Long Island beaches for swimming this Columbus Day weekend because of unseasonably warm temperatures.

For the first time in more than three decades, beaches on Long Island will be open for swimming in October.

It’s because of this unseasonably warm weather. The average high in October is 64 degrees. Friday’s high was 86!

So you could swim as if it were July, celebrate Columbus Day, and shop for Halloween decorations all on the same afternoon.

And speaking of Halloween, it seems that adults have stolen it from their kids.

One sign of just how much Halloween has changed and can change is the relatively rapid development of it from a children’s holiday into a largely adult holiday. Adults are spending more and more on Halloween costumes, favors, and parties. Children’s celebrations have been curtailed and eclipsed. …

And that cries out for a limerick:

Hijacking Halloween
By Madeleine Begun Kane

The holiday called Halloween
Has been hijacked by grownups. How mean!
In their masks, adults stroll,
Looking scary or droll—
Some in garb that would best suit a teen.

(You can find more of my holiday humor here.)

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2 Responses to “Is It July 4th, Columbus Day, Or Halloween? I’m Confused!”

  1. Elayne Riggs says:

    Well, if you look at the overall history of Hallowe’en, it hadn’t really been strictly “for the kids” until the 20th century, with the advent of mass commercialization. Then as hyper-capitalism kicked into gear and the awareness dawned on sellers that they could make more money pushing Hallowe’en, like Christmas, to both kids and adults, you saw far more adult participation (led by college students, as usual).

  2. Rose fr FineCraftGuild dot com says:

    Wow, that’s a great Halloween limerick, or is it a poem? Anyhow, it’s funny, that’s the main thing.

    Love your weather report: you can go play in your bathing suit, first at the pool, then at the party. Same outfit, fits all occasions!