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Monday, September 28, 2020

Con: Trick-or-treat for teens

“Eventually, we got it to more than three blocks, but not that one house — the creepy one with the gravestones and family members who jump out and truly, horrifyingly scare children,” Liz Henry, blogger, author, translator, technologist, and activist, said.

It is challenging to see a logical reason to continue a holiday tradition that evokes fear in the mind of others.

What is funny or enjoyable about finding someone creeping behind the gravestones or jumping out and scaring you?

It is not only the sight of skulls, tombstones and horrifying acts; it is the huge amount of money that builds up during this celebration.

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are expected to spend $9.1 billion for Halloween this year. This is up from $8.4 billion in 2016.

We celebrate a meaningless holiday whose primary purpose is to distribute candy to those in costume.

Halloween is not only a time for trick-or-treating. It is also a time of year that sees a spark in crime.

According to an article published by CBS, on average, there are about 17 percent more crime-related claims on Halloween.

Instead of carrying on a tradition that spreads fear and possible violence and crime, teenagers should learn traditions of other joyous, calm holidays.

Saints are people who believe in and serve God, spread His joyous bouquet universally and pray for peace and joy. So when we celebrate their day, our acts should mirror these same actions.

Beautiful dressing, lights and stars, candy for kids, all represent a proper way to celebrate this event.

It is good to celebrate and have fun, but it is better to teach the upcoming generations how to do that positively.

The way teenagers practice the traditions of Halloween could lead to the loss of safety among some people, and it could spread fear in younger children.

Without improving the way we celebrate Halloween, our actions could lead to an increase in violence.

Teenagers should learn how to enjoy life without evoking fear and making fun of others.

While the world is suffering from conflicts and terrorism, we need to spread peace and love as saints did. Learning how to give to others and telling joyful stories to children could be a good way to celebrate and learn at the same time.

Instead of continuing a holiday tradition that influences fear violence, let’s focus on a holiday tradition that spreads peace and love.

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