Once again, I find myself overtaken by the tsunami of mass-produced shit that is the British market for seasonal gifts. On Monday (29th September 2015), my local Cooperative, Morrisons and Poundland had already got Halloween stuff on their shelves. Yesterday (30 September), the Sheffield “Christmas Shop” was stocking up and displaying a sign saying open.
Last year, my wife told me that she had been in a shop and overheard a child nagging their parents for a Halloween advent calendar. The pedant in me pointed out that “advent” has a very particular meaning, but that’s not the point. It’s just another highly manipulative way of selling more shit to weary parents via the powerful marketing tool of pester-power.
It was too late by the time I heard about the Halloween advent calendar last year, but by way of compensation, this year I have decided to steal that idea, but adapt it to include the Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos) celebration. Unlike our consumption-fest, this is a commemoration of friends and relatives who have died, and is normally celebrated between 31st October and 2nd November. According to Wikipedia, the Spanish Roman Catholic church coincided All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween) with existing pre-christian local celebrations, rather like the hijacking of Midwinter and Easter.
My Halloween advent calendar will publish a graphic each day (first one shown above), referencing the day of the dead, but also with each day depicting Stalky Ringbits as a representative of a particularly rapacious corporation or imperialistic nation. See if you can spot them.
There will also be a “making of video” for each of the 31 graphics counting down until Halloween. Here is the first:
Collect the set!