Nothing has changed in the two years since I first wrote this post. What a sad commentary on America and Americans. See my updated thoughts, “We have met the Halloween monsters, and they are us.”
~Eowyn (Oct. 31, 2013)
When did Halloween morph from a holiday for little kiddies into an obsession with the morbid, the macabre, the grotesque, and the demonic?
Going through this Knott’s Scary Farm maze cannot be good for your soul.
Wikipedia says Knott’s Scary Farm, aka Knott’s Halloween Haunt, is a seasonal Halloween event at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. It is an event in which the theme park is transformed into “160 acres of horror”, via a series of over 1,000 monsters, 13 mazes and a collection of ‘scare zones’. It is the largest Halloween event to be held at a theme park. Knott’s Halloween Haunt is responsible for producing half of the theme park’s revenue.
All living things have the instinct to live, which expresses itself in our natural attraction to the life-affirming beauty of nature — of flora, fauna, animals, sea and sky — and a concomitant revulsion toward death.
But our society seems increasingly fixated on exactly the opposite — Thanatos — morbid images of decay, mental sickness, and death. Have you noticed the ubiquity of the skull, even in women’s fashion and baby clothes?
Is the ubiquity of these death images designed to numb and desensitize us to the grotesque? And if so, for what purpose?
Last Halloween night, a 17-year-old girl who was working as an actress at the Creepyworld Halloween haunted house in St. Louis, Missouri, accidentally got entangled in a noose. Police said the girl was found unconscious with the prop around her neck, by a colleague at around 8:30 pm. Patrons of Creepyworld had walked past her thinking she was a scary prop. [Source]
In his insightful book, Monsters From the Id: The Rise of Horror in Fiction and Film, Dr. E. Michael Jones’ thesis is that our culture’s obsession with horror and the macabre is a result of our denial and suppression of morality. Horror is a product of a guilty conscience that will not admit its own wrongdoing. Individually and as a culture, we can escape the eternal dynamic of horror only by acknowledging the demands of an objective moral order.
See also Richard Evans’ essays for HenryMakow.com, “Halloween Celebrates Sex and Death” and “Hidden History of Halloween: Halloween is Christmas for Satanists.”