Speakout!

October 29, 2006

THE ISSUE: -- Do you allow your child to trick or treat door to door, or do you prefer planned events at such places as malls? Tell us, and we might give you a piece of candy.

Halloween fosters communal feeling

The only choices I can think of are trick or treating in the neighborhood or a neighborhood party.

Commercial events seem to be missing the point. Halloween, to me, is about hospitality -- strangers (masked people pretending to be strangers, anyway) come to your door to be fed. You feed them. That they are your neighbors physically as well as metaphysically only adds to the communal feeling of the celebration. It's a community holiday, not a corporate or commercial event. Oh, yes -- and it's (mostly) for kids.

Tom Monroe

Columbia

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