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Looking forward to Halloween

Posted: September 2, 2014 10:19 a.m.
Updated: September 3, 2014 6:00 a.m.

The end of summer is approaching quickly, which means that fall will soon begin.

The fall season will bring cooler weather, putting an end to heat exhaustion influencing temperatures.

Another refreshing aspect of fall is the physical change that it forces on nature. Sure leaves fall off of trees, but they turn those bright shades of red, orange and yellow, giving outside surroundings a lively yet comforting pop of color.

Aside from bringing bearable weather and adding more colors to tree leaves, fall also includes some significant days that mark major historical and life changing events in the U.S.

I certainly recognize all national holidays that fall includes, but my favorite fall day is Halloween.

Halloween was established in Celtic culture to mark the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter. They also thought it to be a day when the boundaries between the worlds of the living and dead overlapped.

Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of fun after it was established in other countries. Today, Halloween involves trick-or-treating door to door for candy, dressing up in costumes, carving pumpkins and visiting haunted houses and corn mazes.

There is just something so heartwarming about children coming to my door dressed as their favorite character, performer, creature or even candy and looking up at me with eager eyes as they yell “Trick-or-treat,” and hold up whatever kind of container they have to collect candy.

Halloween, of course, is not all sweet treats and people taking on other identities. It also encompasses that element of horror and fear that the beginning period of Halloween included.

The thrill of being frightened is another aspect of Halloween that I absolutely love. Horror movie marathons take over television and ancient ghost stories emerge from even the most unexpected of mouths.

If scary movies fail to give me my horror fix, I can go to a haunted house and get a scare up close and personal.

I am really looking forward to see what Halloween festivities Camden has to offer.

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