Hello my darlings,

Halloween is so awkward. While I’m all for dressing my cat as my daughter and my daughter as my cat for a day, the social and moral implications behind this holiday are worth concern.

For some, Halloween is to real violence as “heck” is to “hell.” Instead of doing something forbidden by whatever deity, philosophy or tradition we subscribe to, we just pretend to do that forbidden thing. This in itself seems weak and outlandish.

In addition, it is unnerving that one of the few times a year the majority of society joins forces to celebrate one idea, we waste that gathering on Halloween. If only the idea of free candy was attached to Martin Luther King Day or Election Day.

Mel Sundquist
Editor-in-Chief of The V