By Margarita Williamson, Trending Writing
Halloween is one of the oldest globally-celebrated holidays. The Halloween that we celebrate today in the United States is a collaboration of traditions from other countries. Although, Halloween is not an official holiday, according to the U.S. government, many people partake in festivities throughout the entire month of October. The holiday is long awaited for by children and adults alike. Dressing up and going trick-or-treating is a common tradition that many participate in. There are definitely negative activities that come when Halloween approaches. People take this holiday too far by participating in pranks that do not always result in the best of outcomes. It is not always safe for children to knock on the doors of people in their communities. During the Halloween season people vandalize property and partake in other criminal activities.
Overall, Halloween has positive effects on communities. Neighborhoods coming together is vital to uniting people. Halloween puts an emphasis on friendship. People are able to interact with their neighbors, who they may not normally talk to, with this holiday. Building relationships within one’s community makes living in that area more pleasant. Families have the opportunity to bond and meet new people. It is the only time of year when it is socially acceptable to knock on your neighbor’s door and ask for candy.
Society has many restrictions on what is acceptable attire; Halloween allows people to dress up any way they want.
Pumpkin patches are very popular around this time. Pumpkin carving is another activity that people enjoy in preparation for Halloween. Cities and churches have Halloween festivals that invite entire communities to celebrate the holiday in a safe way. These festivals often have contests, food, and games.
The pros of celebrating Halloween outweigh the cons. It is not only for children, but for everybody. Halloween is a good excuse for people to take the time out of their busy schedules to socialize and bond with each other. There are numerous activities to participate in as this holiday approaches. The memories made during the Halloween season are cherished by many for a lifetime. Although it has negative aspects that come with it, Halloween is ultimately a community-centered holiday that brings people together.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 20th print edition.
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