Halloween offerings at Home Depot, El Cajon, California

Opinion—Little kids should still be in bed

Opinion

I like to go to Home Depot early in the morning since they open at 6:00, especially as the days get shorter because, in the early morning darkness, I can’t do too much outside.

Yesterday, August 27, 2018, Home Depot had put up their Halloween offerings. I snapped three pictures:

Halloween offerings at Home Depot, El Cajon, California

Halloween offerings at Home Depot, El Cajon, California

Halloween offerings at Home Depot, El Cajon, California

A little boy, probably all of six or seven, was standing in front of the skeleton dogs/tigers/whatever they were, pointing at them, and crying. He looked absolutely terrified. Meanwhile, daddy was ignoring the little guy while trying to find the right battery package on the hanging display nearby.

Notwithstanding the fact that Halloween is TWO FULL MONTHS and 3 days away—

hey! at least they don’t have Christmas displays up yet!—

shouldn’t little kids still be in bed at 6:00 a.m.? Asking for a friend.

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17 thoughts on “Opinion—Little kids should still be in bed

  1. Naomi Baltuck

    I was at Home Depot yesterday too, and saw the decorations all set up. I love to decorate for Halloween, but I am really repelled by much of the stuff I see on display; the Home Depot stuff is pretty mild–skeletons and cauldrons. But every year I see escalating gore and violence–more in stores like Spirit Halloween–with masks featuring axes in skulls and brains spilling out or ugly flesh-eating babies with sharp teeth and blood spilling down their chins. Even more disturbing is the parents who bring their toddlers into that kind of environment; they mistake those ugly images for Halloween fun and are exposing children to visuals that they are not ready for. I sometimes think that if a person had experienced real gore and violence, they would not find that amusing. I have not, thank goodness, but still don’t understand the fascination.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I’m with you 100%. I have never really done Halloween but after Halloween 1974, I knew that I never would, children of my own or not. I was a sophomore at Texas A&M University. Ninety miles away, in Houston, Ronald Clark O’Bryan killed his son with cyanide-laced Pixy Stix. After his conviction, he became known as the “Candy Man.” I have never taken part in any Halloween activities since then.

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      1. Naomi Baltuck

        I remember reading about that incident–sickening. We enjoy the holiday, playing dress up and games, telling stories, decorating. But nothing more gruesome than a motion-activated candy bowl that says, “Who stole my candy?”

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  2. Gallivanta

    I would have been terrified of Halloween, as a child, if we had celebrated it. But it may have been preferable to what we did celebrate; Guy Fawkes, or the destruction of him. As kids we cheerfully watched his effigy being burnt on a bonfire, and chanted, with great vigour, “Guy Fawkes, Guy, stick him up high. Stick him on a lamp post, and there let him die. ” Crikey, and ‘they’ say video games are violent!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I was unfamiliar with that nursery rhyme. Many years ago I found a book that explained pretty much all the nursery rhymes I grew up with. I was astounded at the violence that were in them—Humpty Dumpty, Maypole, Baa Baa Black Sheep……….. Yeah, video games are the culprit……..smh

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  3. cat9984

    I work overnight at Walmart. We get children at the oddest times. And they are usually overtired and cranky (through no fault of their own). I think that a lot of the time, the parents are not overly concerned with the condition of the children

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