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It’s just a holiday to be rebellious.
Halloween is a time where many dress up as someone other than themselves. The season is full of candy and classic scary movies. But the truth is, Halloween shouldn’t be celebrated when the holiday causes more rebellion than usual.
I’ve broken down the three biggest issues.
Trick-or-Treating and Bullying
On Halloween night, children often trick-or-treat with their family, but there are times when kids trick-or-treat on their own. When children are on their own, this opens the door to bullying. Teens may take candy from younger kids, or kids can bully one another. This can instill anxiety and terror into kids, making it hard for them to enjoy Halloween night.
We see this in Halloween movies, but this shouldn’t be a reality. Bullying doesn’t seem like an ideal way for Halloween to be celebrated.
Pedestrians and Reckless Driving
Oct. 31 is usually celebrated with Halloween parties, trick-or-treating and staying up past midnight. It all sounds fun until you’re a pedestrian walking to the next house for candy, and a car full of individuals aren’t paying attention.
It happens more often than you’d think. Individuals are excited for another year of Halloween parties and fun, but it can lead to drunk driving or speeding. This reckless driving can lead to pedestrians being hit. One night of fun isn’t worth the possibility of putting pedestrians in danger.
Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, and due to the pandemic, parties may not be much of an issue. However, a pandemic won’t change the holiday completely.
People can still go around and bully others. Individuals can still vandalize houses with toilet paper or shaving cream. And let’s face it, there are still going to be parties which can lead to reckless driving.
Halloween isn’t worth it if someone’s actions are going to cost someone their safety and security. All it is is an excuse to be rebellious.