To Stay or Go: Halloween

To Stay or Go: Halloween

Gregory Han
Oct 30, 2009

This year we're playing the part of nonbelievers of the Great Pumpkin (sorry Linus) and escaping the hubbub of Halloween festivities for the peace and quiet of the desert for an architectural destination. It's not that we dislike Halloween at all; we grew up in the suburbs where Halloween was greeted with a passionate revelry and a community spirit that always made the night a good, if not a cavity inducing one. We still love seeing front door decorations all around Los Angeles...

But this year we join the percentage of Halloween non-participants who turn off the interior lights, leave a bowl of candy and a note asking people abide by the honour system and are escaping away from a night that can admittedly get pretty crazy in our part of town. Some of our friends escape every year, while others seem to really welcome the holiday as a favourite, enjoying meeting their neighbors dressed up in costume, hosting spooky themed parties, and making the effort to open their doors to strangers on this most peculiar of evenings each year. If anything, Halloween is a unique community based holiday, despite its supposed dark reputation. How do you feel about Halloween? Is it something you eagerly await or is it a day in the year which causes you to flee your own abode?

(Image: Flickr member ehavir licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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