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A Scary Thought

dczimmer Wrote: Oct 31, 2012 1:29 PM
I think it's a stretch to connect these dots. Most people just step out of their comfort zone for a night and marvel at the uniqueness of people pretending to be somone/thing else. The next day it's back to the same ole. I say let it be - lots of other things to crusade against.
Charles41 Wrote: Nov 01, 2012 12:09 AM
Once a pagan holiday, it has become much like October fest a national retreat from reality. The author does not view it as evil on it's own but rather fears it is emblematic of a societal decline.
Beethovens10th Wrote: Oct 31, 2012 4:31 PM
It used to be a "holiday" for children, but now, adults get involved every bit as much, if not more, than children. I recently heard the the Halloween retail market has skyrocketed over the past decade; these aren't kids spending all this money.

I say it's a sign of the de-maturing of society. Even looking at clothing styles, men dress exactly like little boys. Children used to aspire to be adult so that they could dress like one.
Sometimes, I wonder if Halloween is supplanting the Fourth of July as our national holiday.

Come summer, the flags will fly and the fireworks will pop, and bands will ring out “Stars And Stripes Forever.” But these don’t seem to resonate in the broader culture anymore, the way vampires and zombies do. Year-round, TV and the movies are awash in the blood of horror flicks. Horror fiction seems to outsell everything else, for teens and adults. And in many neighborhoods, people seem much more excited about spooking up their homes for Halloween than they do about sprucing them up for...