Newcastle upon Tyne

Christmas at Halloween – spooky!

Christmas decorations at Metro Centre

Christmas decorations at the Metro Centre

Happy Halloween!

Time to grab a pumpkin, carve great designs and do the Monster Mash at a hell-raising party with a few fellow ghosts and ghouls.

But today’s trip to the Metro Centre in Gateshead, Europe’s largest shopping mall, confirmed that something even more ghoulish has been going on.

So much for Halloween, Christmas seems to be king these days at every shopping centre across the UK… as early as October!

The Gateshead Metro Centre is renowned for its elaborate Christmas decorations and each year they start earlier and earlier.

Imagine my surprise as I was confronted by four giant Rudolf the Reindeers in the Town Square.

Bespangled in lights, these sparkly creatures are an impressive sight. But haven’t they arrived a little early?

In olden days, Rudolf and his gang would have been busy helping out Santa Claus with children’s presents during October.

They’d also be welcoming global visitors to Lapland to see the Northern Lights right up until their Yule-tide fly-bys started. 

Now Christmas starts in the middle of October so what’s a self-respecting reindeer supposed to do? Fly in with their sleighs in time for Halloween, that’s what!

To add to the Metro Centre’s autumnal celebrations, actress Denise Welch is switching on the Christmas lights on 3 November.

Down the road in Newcastle, Fenwick’s department store  has launched its world famous Christmas windows. 

It’s beautiful, of course, but isn’t it Halloween today?

I’m confused. Perhaps it’s seasonal affective disorder or the weekend’s change to Greenwich Mean Time

Or could it be the ever-earlier commercialisation of  Christmas?

Halloween versus Yule

Every shopping centre up and down the land appears to have started Christmas in October – and sledge loads of Santas are heading our way in the next few days.

Am I alone in thinking that Yule-tide starts in December – or late November at the earliest?

At least Newcastle city centre’s big Xmas lights switch-on isn’t till 22 November.

I’d be interested to hear your views from around the world… and hear when your Christmas celebrations start.

In the meantime I’m off to carve a pumpkin and watch Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, the perfect Christmas Halloween film!

Halloween pumpkin

Celebrate Halloween with a pumpkin

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