Halloween is supposed to be pretend scary, not real scary

Images Halloween is supposed to be about cute little ghosties and witches and saying boo, it’s when the kids swarm the streets and the adults pretend to be scared.

What it’s not supposed to be is really scary. My child is not supposed to come home from school with the news that a kid in his class got hit by a car and is in the hospital (concussion and lots of broken bones, but she’ll be OK). I’m not supposed to get a letter from the high school reporting on a high school kid getting kidnapped on the way home from school (and finally breaking free an hour and miles away) and assurances that the police will be out in full force this Halloween night. What is going on around here?

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