Halloween is just around the corner. It’s that time of the year where Halloween costumes become more elaborate and the best pieces of candy are received. The term “trick-or-treat” simply portrays modern Halloween, which consists of fewer ghosts and ghouls compared with previous years. Whether it’s making an intricate DIY costume or making the best pumpkin carving, most people enjoy celebrating Halloween in one way or another.
While going out and trick-or-treating is a normal tradition celebrated by younger children and toddlers, some high school members still enjoy going out for trick-or-treating with intricate and unique costume designs.
Spending a good amount of time on costume ideas is something Kimmy McDowell enjoys doing. “I love Halloween. Costume designing is the best part, actually,” Kimmy states. “I make an unnecessary effort to look either as cool or insane as possible. That and I make my own versions of characters that already exist or ones of my own creation, like the Ace of Spades I designed last year.”
Halloween gives some people a chance to get back in touch with their younger selves. “Halloween gives you the chance to be anything you want. Scary or not. I think everybody gets in touch with their inner child on Halloween, regardless of whether you are giving out candy or trick-or-treating,” Patricia also states.
Being with family is all that matters according to Carolyn Allgaier. Staying indoors and watching the Addams Family with her family is a recurring tradition that takes place in the Allgaier household. “We carve pumpkins, and I sometimes give out candy to the children dressed in their unique costumes,” Carolyn states. “Nothing too extraordinary happens, but I love being with my family.”
Some people have a different outlook for Halloween, too. Jaime Hoener, volleyball coach and teacher at NHHS, is happy to achieve a goal this Halloween “This Halloween I will be coaching the volleyball state championship game,” she says with a smile. Although volleyball may not be a typical Halloween activity, Mrs. Hoener also enjoys typical Halloween customs such as costumes and candy.
Some Halloween traditions include going out for candy or exploring a new haunted house. Halloween isn’t necessarily always about the spooks or scares - it’s more about the happiness shared between family and friends.