EDITOR’S DESK: Splitting hairs about Halloween

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 03:05 PM.

Halloween allows us to face our fears and turn them into fun.

Funny, after 30 years I never thought of it that way.

Growing up on the farm, Halloween was secluded. My brother, Frederick, and I dressed in our costumes — a pumpkin, Dracula, a pirate, Aladdin — and our parents drove us to visit our two neighbors who handed out candy. (One house was my aunt and uncle’s; the other, a family friend’s. There were no strangers, and there were only three “neighbors,” if you can call them that, in all.)

Photo: Ryan Massengill's first News Bulletin editorial cartoon (one of many to come) appears on our evolving Opinion page in today's edition. He kicks things off with a reminder about Crestview's hours for trick-or-treating. Ryan's cartoons will be informative, humorous and poignant, and always will be based on North Okaloosa current events. We can't wait to see what he comes up with in future weeks!

One year, I trick-or-treated with my youngest cousin, Christopher, who lived in a neighborhood. It was more like the trick-or-treating depicted in movies and on television, with excited children shuffling from house to house, collecting candy from God knows whom.

Whether Halloween meant time with my parents and the same two neighbors year after year, or that isolated occasion with Cousin Christopher, the night was about imagination and role-playing. The element of fear never fazed me.

Halloween, at least for me, took a break in high school; I didn’t go to parties or celebrate the season, especially not after Daddy died.

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