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Halloween is Halloween--Just Let it be (an essay)

Updated on October 13, 2017
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Kenneth has been a member of HubPages for five years. He is retired from a 23-year career in the weekly newspaper business.

Trick-or-treater in Redford, MI.
Trick-or-treater in Redford, MI. | Source

Tuesday, Oct. 31. Yeah, we all know it. Halloween. That time again. Are you like me, just guarding your home and car against wayward vandals to love to write vulgar words on the windows--some even have taken to breaking the glass just out of sheer meaness. Don't worry, punks. There is still plenty of room in the nation's prisons. And one last word, vandals who had rather drop-out of school than make something positive of yourself, if you were the ones who had to pay for those broken windshields and window panes, you would sing a different tune. But I'm not worried. I'm really patient. The day will come when your Halloween vandalizing will become secondary to your first love, "Sally Ann Jessco," daughter of your employer: "J.M. Jessco," owner of your town's most-lucrative gas station and you have proposed to her. And then one day you and the pretty "Sally Jessco" will be your wife and when the next Halloween rolls around, someone, probably a younger version of yourself, a vandal, will break your car windows and you will see red. Get ready to pay a hefty deductible for that new windshield. You've been advised.

Don't get on me so much here. Halloween for me is a mixed bag of good and bad with the bad mostly winning the night that Halloween's worst of the worst surface to cause havoc among civil residents. I didn't say prudes. Civil residents. Let's be clear about that. For the good part of Halloween, I wish that we could have Halloween at least three more times a year. Think about it. Halloween is without question, the only designated day to be stupid and mean while hiding behind a $500-bucks costume. In my wilder years, the yearly Christmas party was excuse enough to be both stupid and evil for adults to drink themselves into darkened stupors and make uninhibited passes at the office secretaries. Some who made such gestures (males) even apologized to the same secretarites before their next office party that just happened to be on New Year's Eve. What a coincidence.

Much like Christmas, there is a certain amount of capitalism that goes with Halloween. You are stuck to buy the kids' costumes, buy tons of candy to hand-out to other trick or treaters and even burn expensive gasoline while serving as a taxi so your kids can be chauffeured from home to home only to bring home more candy made primarily of sugar. Come on folks. Give our nation's dentists a break. One dentist can only take so many open mouths filled with sugar-produced cavities.

Let me go a bit further. When Phil Donahue was all the rage, I witnessed a very-heated discussion, egged on my Donahue, and two people, one for and one against Halloween squaring-off for an hour of asinine talk. This was when I really started resenting the Nielsen Ratings that soon told you and I just how creative and sensitive that Donahue appeared to be on TV. But what he did or does off of the camera is none of my business. Really. I detest writing about celebrities who have long since earned their billions and now pretend to own the State of Utah.

But now in Phil's defense, I literally fell head-over-heels with Marlo Thomas when she was That Girl. I won't lie. But even with Marlo and my unrequited love notwithstanding, Halloween is Halloween. Let the kids have fun. Yes, even you, the parents can have loads of safe fun. No one really respects a pair of parents who love Halloween to just get as loaded as a semi-truck and chaperone their children. I will go on record and say, what kind of example are you living, drunken parents who pretend to take care of our children on Halloween night?

And a parting shot about Marlo's That Girl show, "Ted Bessell," what a lucky bloke. He played her boyfriend Donald Hollinger, a writer for Newsview Magazine. He and "Ann Marie" made a far better looking couple than with Jim Nabors as "Gomer Pyle." Like I said. Halloween is Halloween. Just pretend that you are sitting by a Baby Grand piano while looking passive and playing, "Let It Be," by Paul McCartney.

That way, everyone wins.

This spray painting (vandalism) is the work of vandals probably during Halloween.
This spray painting (vandalism) is the work of vandals probably during Halloween. | Source

© 2017 Kenneth Avery

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      Kenneth Avery 3 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Dearest Sakina :)

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment.

      I have in time, went on a Trick or Treating, but only with my daughter when she was a little girl.

      My parents when I was young, forbid such things.

      Take care and write anytime.

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      Sakina Nasir 3 weeks ago from Kuwait

      Hello Kenneth, dear friend. :)

      Aww, Halloween really makes me want to celebrate it some day too. I've just read about it in books and watched about it on TV, but never been a part of it in real. It seems fun and I'd love to go trick-or-treating some day.

      Have you enjoyed trick-or-treating, buddy? :)

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      Kenneth Avery 4 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, in the UK, RoadMonkey,

      I had a feeling when I was answering the comments that you would put a condensed perspective on Halloween.

      I agree with you 100% on the Drunken Parents and NO vandalism. This too, comes from too lenient parents.

      Stay in touch.

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      Kenneth Avery 4 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Elijah,

      You have your own right to think how you want.

      Your reference to: "The Bible's Christ," are you implying that there is MORE than ONE True Christ? Satan is NOT the ruler of this world. He did not create it.

      I am finished.

      Peace.

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      Kenneth Avery 4 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Kari,

      Well, honestly, I was never taken by my parents to participate in Halloween. Do not fall over. This is the truth. And I was never told why I was never taken along with other kids to Trick or Treat.

      I would see them, my classmates the day after Halloween and they would be so happy at the apples, candy, and little cars and things that parents had given them.

      But when they asked where my treats were, I suddenly felt embarrassed and told an easy lie about it rather than have them not like my parents.

      I did go one time, just once, to a school Halloween carnival and that was it.

      Kari, you are a good girl and great friend and follower.

      Stay in touch with me.

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      Kenneth Avery 4 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, PatriciaTL,

      You are the first one to ever voice THAT remark about Halloween.

      Love honest friends and followers.

      Thanks.

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      Kenneth Avery 4 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Faith-Hope-Love,

      Thank you, good friend, for the support. This hub was just my way of getting something off of my chest.

      And I appreciate you so much.

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      Faith-Hope-Love 5 weeks ago

      I couldn't agree more. Well said. Leave Halloween as it is. Let the children continue to have their fun. Us adults as well.

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      PatriciaTL 5 weeks ago from Lehigh Valley

      I find the practice of parents driving their kids to various neighborhoods around town in order to grab even more goodies particularly greedy.

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      Kari Poulsen 5 weeks ago from Ohio

      It sounds like you have a real love-hate relationship with Halloween. I'm pretty lucky, I have never been vandalized. I do remember hating how much candy lit my kids up. We were not a candy family most of the year, lol. Good Luck this Halloween, Kenneth!

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 5 weeks ago from Washington DC

      The word "halloween" has the definition of "Hallowed Eve" although fews people know that to be the meaning because September first is considered "All Saint's Day" which I have yet to find out why.

      Because of the foregoing I'm inclined to believe it has something to do the "second coming" of all of the many sages who promised they would return again. Since there are a multitude of sages who promised to return during the "last days" I believe they all are proclaiming the coming of the same person.

      How is that shown in what happens in Halloween?

      The Bible's Christ and many of those promising to return has prophetic references to his death and resurrection. So, since the Bible has two such references, Matthew 12:40 [because Jesus was only dead for a maximum of 9 hours and in the grave no more than 36] and Revelation 5:5 and 12 [because Jesus didn't unseal the Bible nor receive (material) wealth upon his resurrection], I think maybe the second Christ manifesting resurrection will happen on about "all saint's eve" during the evening and be revealed on "all saint's day". Otherwise, I see no relation to ghosts walking the street the evening of All Saint's Eve.

      Don't get angry, Kenneth, that's just my thoughts on the subject.

      Peace.

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      RoadMonkey 5 weeks ago

      Halloween has never been as big in the UK as in the USA. It is a fun holiday. But no matter how big the holiday, it should not be used as an excuse for vandalism. I agree wholeheartedly about drunken parents. NOT ACCEPTABLE.