No Decor

We went on our yearly hunt for cool Halloween designs around the neighborhood, and the results are depressing. The number of decorated houses is maybe 10% of what it usually is.

What is it? Are people depressed? If you decorated last year, there’s no added expense to putting up last year’s decorations.

We saw the same sad situation around July 4th.

Trick or treating is still on in these neighborhoods, at least.

8 thoughts on “No Decor”

  1. “number of decorated houses is maybe 10% of what it usually is…. What is it? ”

    Do you really have to ask? If the government and media treat people like shut-ins incapable of maintaining healthy social relationships (part of the meta-message of lockdowns) then don’t be surprised if they withdraw from civic life…

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  2. Yesterday my family went to see Tenet and we were the only ones in the whole auditorium. There were maybe 15 other cars parked on the vast AMC lot. It was surreal and depressing. Then we ended up leaving 1 hour into the movie as it was seriously bad.

    I think people got used to not going out and not doing anything special. It’s like with the gym. If you go 3 times a week, you just go and don’t think about it, but if you take a 4 weeks off, you feel going to the gym is such a production, and such hard work.

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      1. We celebrated the lifted restrictions by taking the kids to see The Empire Strikes Back at the theater (everything coming out right now is crap, but our theater does “classic” movies for $2 a ticket and free popcorn!).

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  3. Same here. Even the people who used to put up the gigantic spiders and huge inflatable corpses have nothing on this year. We used to love to hate their tackiness, but now I think even the tackiest decorations were preferable to this….

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  4. The Halloween trick or treat in the park is doing to be a drive thru where the parents roll down the window and pick up a basket of candy. There were not that many kids who came by here to start with so I might not even get candy this year, even though door to door risk is minimal.

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    1. “Halloween trick or treat in the park is doing to be a drive thru where the parents roll down the window and pick up a basket of candy”

      That is just sad and pathetic… Halloween used to be a kid-centered holiday where we got to go out into the night on our own…. now it’s just another occasion for helicopter parents to hover over and dominate their children….

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