Nothing is jolly about Halloween.
The holiday always seems to be a cold, stale day.
Halloween is the only day out of the year when all the people who are scared to be their real selves can come out and act a fool. The freaks, weirdos and psychos get a free pass on Oct. 31.
America is crazy 365 days a year, and the craziest day is always the last day of October.
Sinners come out in full throttle on Halloween. Reports of extraordinary crimes have come to be synonymous with Halloween. When I was in middle school, people would prey on us after-school; there would be drive-by shootings with Super-soakers filled with bleach. Then there are those who sacrifice domestic cats and dogs on the holiday.
Bullies and thieves all seem to come out in full effect on Halloween. Growing up, it was so bad that some kids would use pillowcases for trick-or-treating in an effort to keep from getting robbed.
Images like those from the movie “Halloween,” which was centered around a relentless killer, have become the image that many have of the hellish holiday.
It’s sort of ironic how Halloween became the spooky yet enjoyable holiday most have come to know.
According to www.holidays.net/halloween/story.htm, The holiday we know as Halloween has had many influences from many cultures over the centuries. From the Roman’s Pomona Day, to the Celtic festival of Samhain, to the Christian holidays of All Saints and All Souls Days
Irish, Scots and other immigrants brought older versions of the tradition to North America in the 19th century, according to www.partyfun411.com/halloween.html.
Many horror-films, like “Halloween,” are centered around the holiday that many agree originated in Ireland as “Samhain Night,” or “End of Summer.” According to http://www.holidays.net on this day, many people would parade in costumes made from the skins and heads of their animals.
Although its somewhat honest beginning, present-day Halloween seems to be a dark day. Even the idea of going trick-or-treating has been tainted; it’s not really safe to entrust strangers giving children treats, as they may be drugged or poisonous.
Regardless of its origins, many conservative Muslims, Christians and Jews are against celebrating Halloween.
On Halloween, please do not come to my doorstep or send any children to my home because they won’t get any candy. In fact, they may be greeted with a “Not Happy Halloween” and a hard copy of this article.
Siraaj Sabree is a senior newspaper journalism student from Miami. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.