I’ve posted on several occasions about the stigma attached to mental health, and in particular how the ‘celebration’ of Hallowe’en has become a massive commercial event, far removed from its pagan origins. I see no merit or validity in Hallowe’en costumes which mock mental illness, by the use of such names as ‘nutter’ and ‘psycho,’ and the even more blatant ‘mental patient.’ This post from last year is worth sharing again, I think.
The major retailers seem to have learned the lesson but you don’t have to spend long online to find such costumes still available from the specialist fancy dress sellers. We need to keep spreading the message till they all stop!
When I was a kid Halloween wasn’t an event we marked in any way. Here in the UK we were busy making our guys for the forthcoming Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night celebrations on 5th November, and hadn’t yet imported the commercialisation of Halloween from the US. So I’m sorry to say, American friends, that your celebration for tonight rather passes me by! That doesn’t mean that I don’t recognise its importance to you, but it does seem to me to be a little artificial for it to be ‘celebrated’ here. Of course, I have some treats ready in case I have some little visitors this evening, but this will be my 9th Halloween at my current address and I’ve yet to see any trick or treaters!
As retailers fall over themselves to make money from Halloween the boundaries of taste have often been forgotten. I recently reblogged a post I wrote…
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