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Halloween: The season of fright nights and little spooks

Estherville News Editorial

October 21, 2015
Estherville News

Halloween has been named the second biggest commercial holiday after Christmas. Between decorations that turn the average home into a haunted feast for the eyes and ears and elaborate costumes (you cannot just pick up a stick and bandana and go as a hobo anymore) and creepy eats and drinks to make a memorable party, the costs can definitely add up.

It's a night built for kids, and brings out the kid in adults, too.

Some households to all out, and some community organizations unite and go above and beyond to make the evening memorable for hundreds of our little spooks. This is a town that knows how to make childhood special.

Halloween was called Samhain by pre-Christian Celts. It marked the end of the old year and the start of the new. To celebrate, the souls of the dead could, for better or worse, come out and play with the living. It seems our ancient ancestors were trying to give the scary spirits one night to spook all they wanted while imploring them to be scarce the rest of the year. Later it was adapted by Christians into All Hallows Eve, a night to commune with spirits before honoring the departed on All Saints Day, Nov. 1. People from Spanish-speaking cultures cut to the chase by calling it El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.

We hope people donning costumes will opt for fun ones: fanciful ghosts and goblins, characters like athletes, rock stars, princesses, ninjas, or fairies, angels, animals or other beasts. Clever costumes like crayons, robots, the Tardis, bacon and eggs, a little teapot, or a car bring smiles.

The Fright Hike keeps growing as a fundraiser to benefit the community while serving up scary surprises.

First Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets will be blocked off for Trunk or Treat, generously hosted by two churches to create a trick or treat for everyone.

From too much candy to roasted pumpkin seeds, seeing everyone's cleverness in beautiful or scary costumes to hearing the Monster Mash for the twentieth time, Halloween traditions bring out our childlike side and create an excuse to have fun.



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