Hannity channels The Onion? Claims "liberal" Halloween "teach[es] kids to knock on other people's doors and ask for a handout"


On the October 31 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity claimed that "Halloween is a liberal holiday" and "is teaching our kids to be liberals." Hannity explained that "we're teaching kids to knock on other people's doors and ask for a handout." Co-host Alan Colmes responded by asking if that meant that Christmas is a "liberal holiday." Colmes asserted that Halloween represents "the act of giving," and asked: "Isn't that a Christian thing, to give, to share with your community?" Hannity replied: "Not to teach your kids to beg for a handout."

An October 22 "editorial cartoon" in The Onion, a satirical newspaper, asks, "Halloween: What is it teaching our kids?" The cartoon depicts a costumed child receiving candy under the words: "Everyone deserves hand-outs!" The child carries a sack with the words "something for nothing" printed on it, while a depiction of the cartoonist declares: "Scariest night of the year."

From the October 31 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes:

HANNITY: You know what? I totally agree. I've got two young kids, and I am the food police. And I'm constantly monitoring what they eat.

GERALDO RIVERA (Fox News host): And but for your involvement, wouldn't they eat the worst stuff?

HANNITY: Chicken nuggets, pizza, cake, cupcakes, junk food --

RIVERA: Of course. There's not -- there's not a night where I'm out where they have the choice of what they order out that they ordered something that's bad for them. Always.

HANNITY: By the way, Halloween is a liberal holiday, because we're teaching our children --

COLMES: Oh, come on. Please.

HANNITY: -- to beg for something for free.


RIVERA: Do you notice I wore my costume? I wore my mustache tonight.

HANNITY: Hey, by the way, I heard Mike [Jerrick] on [the Fox-syndicated The Morning Show with] Mike & Juliet dressed as you.

COLMES: By the way, I'm going this Halloween as a Republican. I'm taking candy away from people.



HANNITY: And coming up, things got pretty scary when Rosie O'Donnell made a Halloween appearance on the Martha Stewart show, and I'll tell you why Halloween is really a liberal day, next.


HANNITY: That is frightening. Rosie O'Donnell making a rare TV appearance on the Martha Stewart show, and she makes a pretty frightening Queen Elizabeth. The interview proved far from interesting. Martha certainly didn't take Rosie to task; it was purely Halloween hoopla. All right, now here --

[sound effect of witch laughing]

COLMES: What's wrong with Halloween hoopla? Are you anti-Halloween?

HANNITY: No. Can I tell you something? Halloween --


HANNITY: -- is teaching our kids to be liberals.

COLMES: What are you going as this year?

HANNITY: No, I'm not, uh, Hillary Clinton. Frightening.

COLMES: That's a cheap shot. Come on.

HANNITY: Well, it's the number one -- it's the number one most frightening mask out there. Go look at those new papers out there.

COLMES: You know, you're scared that she's going to be president of the United States.

HANNITY: No, can I tell you something?


HANNITY: But I'll tell you why. Because we're teaching kids to knock on other people's doors and ask for a handout. That's how we turn --

COLMES: Is Christmas a liberal holiday, then? When people give things away?

HANNITY: No, but you offer gifts. You give on Christmas. I give gifts on Christmas?

COLMES: Well, what you give on Halloween?

HANNITY: No, you don't give. The kids [knocks on table] -- "Please, can I have some more?"

[sound effect of witch laughing]

COLMES: It's the act of giving around -- that's our producer, laughing. But it's the act of giving. It's a wonderful thing. Isn't that a Christian thing, to give, to share with your community?

HANNITY: Not to teach your kids to beg --

COLMES: It's not begging --

HANNITY: -- for a handout.

COLMES: -- because you do it, too. You do it at their homes.

HANNITY: You're teaching your kids to beg for a handout.

COLMES: So you're anti-Halloween. That is, unfortunately, all the time we have left this evening. We toss it to Greta van Susteren, here to go on the record. Good evening, Greta.

Fox News Channel
Sean Hannity
Hannity & Colmes
Propaganda/Noise Machine
We've changed our commenting system to Disqus.
Instructions for signing up and claiming your comment history are located here.
Updated rules for commenting are here.