I have recently become addicted to ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix. I blame Mr C for this entirely. He does this. Gets me into a new Netflix series and then I can’t stop watching it. The only problem is that I am someone who freaks out at the slightest thing. I am a scaredy cat. Therefore, I have been having nightmare after nightmare, but I still can’t help watching Stranger Things. I need to know that everyone is going to be okay. Please say that they can get out of the walls.
One of the reasons I have been enjoying Stranger Things is because it is like a little trip down memory lane. Oh the 80s, when I was a wee bairn. I mean I was really young, like not even born young (I wish) but I was a very young child and I have been thinking about how Halloween was different back then.
In The 80s We Had ”It”
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Back then I remember seeing on the television a trailer for ”It”. It was a clown that was hiding down drains and he had balloons. I never actually watched the film because I would have quite likely soiled myself. However, that image alone of the clown and the drains was enough to give me a very real fear of clowns and drains. To this day I can’t walk over three drains in case he jumps out and pulls me in.
Today We Have Trump
Far more terrifying than any clown is Trump. His orange skin and big bouffant do remind me a bit of a clown but Trump is far more terrifying than any clown because he has access to Twitter and, even more scary, he can press that big red button whenever he feels like it.
In The 80s We Had Homemade Costumes
In the 80s our mums would send us out in homemade costumes. A bin bag became our Dracula cape, a sheet transformed us into a ghost and an old pair of tights became a cat’s tail. We loved those costumes and we were happy in them. We knew no different. We didn’t have to be worried about our costumes being plastered all over social media
Today We Have Pinterest
Pinterest has ruined Halloween for us mums. Now we feel under pressure to create an amazing outfit. On Pinterest it looks amazing, on our children it looks rubbish. We should have stuck to the bin bag cape. In the end we throw money at the problem and make a midnight dash to the nearest supermarket where we buy them a pumpkin costume. There are now thousands of identical pumpkins roaming the streets on Halloween. Pinterest is where creativity goes to die.
In The 80s We Had All The E Numbers
Back then we only worried about the fact that sweets could rot our teeth. It hadn’t occurred to us that they could also make us all go a bit loopy. Although, my mum quickly worked out that Coco Pops sent my brother hyper. I used to love it when we went to stay at my Nan’s house and she would get those tiny variety cereal boxes. You know the ones. The little boxes that have various different sugary cereal in and you needed at least three boxes before you were full up. Well, one of those boxes would be Coco Pops. Being the very kind and caring sister that I was, I would always make sure that my brother had at least two boxes of the Coco Pops. I would then sit back and watch as my Nan chased my brother round the house as he whizzed about on a Coco Pop high. However, we could all go ‘trick or treating’ as ‘trick or treating’ was not frowned upon (unless you were my dad who spent the vast majority of my childhood frowning 😉 ).
Nowadays We Worry That The Sweets Have Been Spiked Or That They Are Coated In Germs
Germs didn’t exist in the 80s because we would freely dip our hands (that had not seen any form of anti-bac) into the big bowl of sweets and then pass the bowl along to the next person. Nowadays we don’t let our children touch sweets that are not in the wrappers for fear of germs, or for fear that some crazy person has spiked them. Though, to be fair, the urban legend of sweets being spiked was around in the 80s and probably started by my dad to try and discourage anyone knocking on our door and asking for sweets.
In The 80s A Few Sweets Would Do
In the 80s you would hand over your pillow slip and be delighted when you received a few sweets.
Today We Have To Craft Our Sweets
Nowadays it is not enough to just hand over sweets. We need to show that there has been some effort that has gone into the sweets. Those trick or treaters have high expectations. This is why many of us start googling Halloween Hacks the night before Halloween.
Do You Love The 80s?
Is it just me who is nostalgic for the 80s? The time before social media, when we had to rewind our cassette to listen to our favourite song and VHS was the best thing ever because we could watch the final dance on Dirty Dancing over and over again. It certainly felt less scary in the 80s. Back then we thought monsters were just a figment of our imagination. Today we know of several monsters in the public eye 🙁