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What happened to Halloween?

I have such fond memories of Halloween growing up in a town much like Westfield. I remember running home from school to get dressed in my scare crow costume and spending hours and hours trying to fill my pillow case up with treats. It was a child centered day where neighbors greeted families and generously provided them with treats. Some of my neighbors made homemade candy for the kids on the block making us feel lucky to have such thoughtful and special people as neighbors. People took much pride in their homes decorating them with mums, pumpkins and the occasional casper the ghost hanging from the porch.
As Halloween approaches I noticed that there are an increasing number of homes that are choosing to take a much darker approach to decorating. Decapitated heads, bloody appendages, dead corpses and tombstones are strewn across front yards depicted what looks like a mass murder scene. Call me old fashioned or nostalgic but I long for the days where Halloween was more innocent and more child centered instead of so doom and gloom. I mean who exactly is the intended audience for these scary scenes? Teenagers have been exposed to this type of gore from video games and the internet. That leaves the poor little preschoolers and grammar school kids. My nephew, a couple of years ago at the age of three went trick or treating with his mom. He approached a home to be greeted by a doll painted black with bright yellow glowing eyes. As he walked towards it, its head spun around and it let out a blood curdling scream. My nephew ran for home and spent the rest of the night under the covers. He is still not fully recovered. Although I know its all in good fun I still don't see the reason for making a day geared towards kids so dark and morbid.
stonette October 22, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Here we go again, The wussification of kids. He ran home and spent the rest of the night under the covers. I'm surprised his parents are not suing the owners of the house. This is part of what Halloween is all about.
treena October 23, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Wow calling a three year old a wuss, how brave of you. Its just an opinion and a memory of days when adults were thoughtful and polite of others. Enjoy your Halloween!
stonette October 23, 2013 at 03:27 PM
treena, not interested in your opinion. I am pretty polite, teach your kids to grow up and enjoy what is the spirit of Halloween...
treena October 23, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Since when is exposing small children to decapitated heads and bloody body parts helping them grow up? By the way, you are in no way obligated to read this piece.
treena October 23, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Also by definition of the word polite, your comments don't serve as a reflection of being a polite person.
stonette October 23, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Treena, I think you need to "grow up". You are exactly what these kids grow up to be. Can't take any type of controversy. Then you must go into "attack" mode. Or run away and hide.
treena October 23, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Sorry if you feel I'm attacking you. That is certainly not my intention. I am merely reminiscing about my childhood which in my opinion seemed like a much gentler time. Please take it as intended not as advice on how to raise your children.

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