Dear Halloween Stores That Are Already Open,

Hey guys. It's August. Like, early August at that. So I gotta ask, what are you doing here?

As I drove around this weekend running errands and other things I noticed there were not one, but three Halloween stores already open within a five-minute drive of my house. Seriously? We need three Halloween stores in early August?

Can we all please start stressing to these holidays that they need to wait their turn? I haven't even wrapped my head around back to school shopping yet and now I have Halloween thrown in my face? So. Not. Ready.

Honestly, who is? Are you really thinking about stocking up of creepy cobwebs and spooky skeletons on your way to the beach? Is anyone in need of their Halloween costume nearly three months in advance of the night they'll wear it? I'm pretty sure my kids are going to change their minds at least five times before Halloween really arrives. Buying a costume now would be a huge waste of time and money. No thank you.

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Plus, what is the deal going to be with Halloween this fall anyway? The Delta variant is clearly out there and kids under 12 are not yet able to be vaccinated, so is trick-or-treating going to happen this October? If the last year has taught us anything, it is that we have no idea what this virus is going to affect next.

Basically, nobody needs you yet, Halloween stores. You are rushing us and jumping the gun on a holiday we don't know what will happen with yet. So take your bright yellow signs and your creepy grinning skeleton pictures and go away for another four to six weeks.



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