What memories do you have from summer camp
— maybe swimming in the lake, hiking in the woods or paddling a canoe?
Think again. How about memories of playing chess, redecorating rooms,
honing skills in sports, music or art or even swinging from a trapeze?
Halloween is, at its heart, a children’s holiday. Despite the hugely popular and profitable businesses of haunted houses and adult costumes, it’s kids who get more out of October than anyone else. It does not memorialize a war and has little religious significance. Its the playful, secular traditions that have risen above its Christian and Gaelic ones.