“If ever there was a holiday that deserves
to be commercialized, it’s Halloween.
We haven’t taken it away from kids.
We’ve just expanded it so that
the kid in adults can enjoy it, too.
I’ve always enjoyed Halloween. I think that it’s one holiday where young and old can enjoy dressing up in their favorite fantasy outfit and not be ridiculed. What day of the year allows you to do that?
One year in particular I remember when I was in the eighth grade. It was the year my brother was shot while on tour in Vietnam. He was shot in the upper thigh and thankfully he returned home and was living with us while he recuperated. Because he was in a cast up to his waist, he volunteered to stay at the house and give out candy. So, all of us left the house just before dark with our friends to trick or treat in the neighborhood.
A few hours later we decided we had enough candy and headed for home. As we came up the street to our house, there was a line of kids to our front door. We walked past the kids to our front door to see what all the commotion was. To our surprise, my brother had dressed up as a very scary mummy, and was scaring all the little kids in the neighborhood.
There were so many trick or treaters that year, my mom had to run out twice to get more candy. We became the talk of the neighborhood that year. Even at school the next day, I remember kids I didn’t know talk about the scary mummy guy they saw the night they were trick or treating.