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Trick or … Treat?

Over the years, many high school students have witnessed first-hand the frights of October 31st. Halloween has always been a night filled with ghouls and goblins, but over the past few years, it seems as if more and more houses leave off their lights and set up empty bowls that say “take one” as if to shoo away trick-or-treaters. This night has always been a fun holiday to hang out with friends and earn well-deserved candy from unsuspecting neighbors, but where did all of the spirit go? 

As of late, trick-or-treating has become something that many neighborhoods end earlier than they used to. Leah Hicks (‘23)  even said that “When we were younger, we would stay out trick-or-treating until 9 pm or even 10 pm,” while in contrast, most places this year had ended the night around 8 o’clock. It seemed as if the neighborhoods were empty, and only a few kids would stop by every fifteen minutes. I was looking forward to handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, and I even got into costume and face paint to prepare for the many kids that should have shown up at our door because we were in a large neighborhood. Natalie Windemuller (‘23) and I were thoroughly disappointed when our face-painting efforts and Halloween music playlists were basically thrown away since there were no trick-or-treaters there to enjoy them. So instead of passing out candy to literal ghosts, we watched Hotel Transylvania and ate candy. 

Many of Natalie’s neighbors had somehow understood that there would barely be anyone there and had just turned their lights off. There were no cars in the neighborhood, and only a couple of houses had jack-o-lanterns on their porches. Compared to the Halloweens of my childhood, seeing the sidewalks bare of skeletons and witches was something that seemed odd and unnatural. Finally, the last disappointment of the disastrous Halloween of 2022 was the weather. It was such a beautiful night, and nobody was out. The sky was so clear that you could see the stars shining and the moon glowing, it was a perfect night for All Hallows Eve, and there was almost no one outside to enjoy it. 

Ever since 2020, when Halloween was canceled, it was never brought back up into full swing again. Maybe that’s why people have stopped going outside, or maybe people are just too lazy to open their doors to some kids in costumes. Hopefully, Halloween will return to the spookiest night of the year for all those who go trick-or-treating and for those who love the holiday.

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