If something is an alternative, wouldn't it be different than the original choice?
Walk or ride. Sit or stand. Beef or chicken.
I revisit the Halloween alternative idea because it occurred to me - what most people call a Halloween alternative isn't an alternative at all.
It's a Halloween Party.
Call it a fall festival, call it a family fun night, call it whatever you want. It is what is and it's not, what it is not. I can understand completely abstaining from an evening of costumes and candy if you have a religious opposition. But if it's all the same stuff, on the same night, why isn't it a Halloween Party? If you have costumes, candy, a party and it's on or around the 31st of October... it's a Halloween Party. I can't figure out what about calling it an alternative to a Halloween Party is comforting? A Halloween Party is an alternative to trick or treating. (I'm thinking assistant regional manager, assistant TO the regional manager here - makes Dwight feel better)
To insist on calling it something else seems not much different to me than folks on the other end of the spectrum calling a Christmas Tree a "Holiday" Tree to be more politically correct.
Oh well, this minor revelation brings to an exciting conclusion my annual discussion over this issue - even if after all these years the discussion is reduced to the voices in my own head. Pretty much there are Halloweeners and Halloweenies - everybody knows who they are and it's all okay by me. It's a peculiarity I do not get. Don't need to get it. I'm just sayin'. If you "do" Halloween, no excuses ya just do it. You are a Halloweener if you do Halloween exactly the same but instead of your house , your friends, your family's, you do it at your church on Halloween Night you are a Halloweenie.
whew! You cannot know how glad I am to have this settled.
As I wink and nod to the holiday tree crowd so to I can wink to next year to the Halloweenies - "we are dressing up and eating candy and decorating pumpkins and lots of things are decorated in orange, and we are having a party on Halloween Night but not calling it a Halloween Party" people.
pat-pat, sure it's not a Halloween Party.
OH, and for the record we got a trick and a treat this year - some little Halloweenie STOLE William's bike.
See now those kids should've spent more time in church!
Now, let's talk turkey... or do you have an alternative like just a turkey breast?
:) All in good fun,