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October 13, 2013

DOUBLE TROUBLE: 'What do you want to be?' Lessons of Halloween

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Tonawanda News — And it’s dawned on him, after five years in which his parents have confiscated most of the sugary proceeds of Halloween, that he should really be getting more candy out of this trick-or-treat thing.

“Mom ... can I eat it ALL that night?”

“No.”

“Why not?”

I’ve read that Halloween is becoming more and more an adult phenomenon, with costumes, decorations, parties, haunted houses and events becoming more and more geared to the 21-and-over crowd. And maybe that’s true. Heaven knows the sexiness-and-gore quotient keeps increasing in the costume aisle.

But it’s also a time of year when the “what do you want to be?” question breaks away from careers and future plans for kids and settles solely on the imagination. “What do you want to be?” A super hero, a princess, a mummy, a dragon, a Jedi? It’s all good.

And facing the spooky and a bit macabre — all the stuff that creeps us out, whether it’s blood or spiders or ghosts or even just that dark corner of the room— isn’t just acceptable. It’s really sort of cool. And dare I say, maybe even a healthy thing for the old psyche?

I’m looking forward to Halloween. I’ll be out there with my Sith Lord and my Jedi Knight, questing for candy, showing off the costumes and all the vivid stories of someplace “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.” Stories are healthy, too.

I hope you, and your children, are looking forward to it as much as we are.

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Speaking of which, as we head into spooky season for 2013, I wanted to remind readers of two of the Keppeler boys’ favorite Halloween activities coming up soon.

In the Tonawandas, the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum will host its Halloween Spooktacular from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, with games, crafts, treats and pumpkin-carving demonstrations. The finished pumpkins, along with other items, will be raffled off at the end of the evening. There will also be comedy magic shows by Charlie and Checkers at 6 and 7 p.m. The cost is $6 per person, and that includes all activities, refreshments, a treat bag for children and a ride on the carrousel. 

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