Halloween 2013: A postmortem observation

Ah, Halloween..

Those of you fortunate enough to live in these United States of America, we just finished another successful (depending on who you ask) Halloween holiday.  Autumn decorations, scary costumes, and of course, lots and lots of candy.

After the fateful night of kids wandering the streets (sometimes before), the masterfully carved pumpkins finally succumb to the environment and decay into nothing.  Filling our air with the foul stench of its rotting carcass if left unchecked.  It’s remains chucked into the landfill by the ton, and all is well again on Main St.

Indeed, this is such a natural part of life that this user on Flickr graciously and magnificently captured it in a video.  No doubt countless others, including me, have captured these moments before too because.. why not?

But I can’t help but notice a bit of irony.

Mr. Jack-o-Lantern fresh from the cutting room floor

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/appelface/4645869480/

Looks like the traditional pumpkin you would see all across the country all lit up inside with the shimmering of some sort of candle generally signifying to trick or treaters on Halloween night that this house is ready to distribute copious treats and maybe a few tricks.

Can you imagine it? I can. It is this imagery that is so engrained in our American psyche that maybe we overlook the somewhat obvious connection because, hey, candy tastes good!

Now look at what they did to him!

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/appelface/4645869480/

It’s obvious he has been through hell.  I guess pumpkin years are even more accelerated than humans or dogs because it looks like he went through in 6 days what it takes us a lifetime to see.

The spots of mold growing inside, dried out skin, visibly decaying all over.  He’s a goner.  But…It’s life and we see the same phenomena every year.  Nothing to see here…Or is there?

Let’s take a closer look.  Notice that in the before picture, there are distinctly three cut outs resembling teeth.

Now look. Only ONE!  The other two literally decayed and shriveled into nothing.  And yes, I am well aware that the pumpkin can’t partake in the celebration of candy, but isn’t it ironic that we see this happen after a holiday where all we do is eat candy?  Indeed, dentists across the country I’m sure are screaming at me saying “YES! This is what your face will look like!” Full of cavities, guaranteeing your dentist an extravagant salary at least until next Halloween when we do it all over again.

Is it really any coincidence that shortly after our latest national holiday where we celebrate eating copious amounts of sugar and chocolate (from strangers) that our teeth are the first to rot and fall out? I think not.  Remember, moderation is the key — but maybe those old grandmothers handing out apples had a bit more wisdom then we or I have given them credit for.

Stay healthy. :)


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