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Happy Halloween!

SPRINGVILLE — Who are you going to be for Halloween? I take this question very seriously and spend a lot of time surveying the costumes available in frightening displays at temporary storefronts and party stores, throughout the area.

Last year marked my first time hosting trick-or-treaters of my own, since I had been living with my parents or at the very top of an apartment complex, prior to getting married, and I decided to celebrate the occasion by going as “all out” as I could afford.

Standing amidst mothers holding children screaming for a “Twilight Vampire” or “Avatar” costume, I glanced over the array of cheap, overpriced ensembles, alarmed by the amount of skin the smiling, preteen models were showing. It terrifies me that such young trick-or-treaters are traipsing around our neighborhoods, wearing such revealing getups. Who knows what might be out there, amidst faux ghouls and plastic goblins? What happened to warm, enveloping M&M colors and Mickey Mouse costumes?

Finally deciding on a long, glittery, scary queen costume, I added a few bags of pricey goodies to my cart. On Halloween night, I piled candy into a bowl, put on my cheesy costume and waited for the doorbell to ring.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed having little cowboys and princesses visit my house. I was rewarded by having one small fairy whisper to me, “You have the best house.” She might tell everyone that, in an attempt to acquire more goodies, but I fell for that line and poured extra hard candies and lollipops into her grinning jack-o’-lantern.

I applaud the parents who took the time out of their day to walk their children around the neighborhood, instead of sending them out in unsupervised droves. I could tell that some of the older children were annoyed by the parental presence, but, considering the alternative, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Enjoy your spooky, sugar-filled night, but be safe, out there on the dark sidewalks. Don’t let the ghosts get you!

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