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article imageOp-Ed: Photo essay of Halloween traditions

By Nate Smith     Nov 1, 2014 in World
Urbana - Americans everywhere this week celebrate All Saints Day in the form of Halloween, complete with costumes and distribution of sugar-infused candy in mass quantities.
Additionally, it is common for church groups or other organizations to host events and gatherings including games for children, live music and hay rides.
Costumes among children will vary widely depending on age and gender. Current popular culture trends often make for the most popular Halloween ensembles.
Classic characters, like Superman, for example, remain popular with kids even today. A costume like that is also non-threatening for those families that participate in trick-or-treating, but don't necessarily subscribe to the darker aspects of the holiday.
The Superman character-costume photographed below is a good example. That child is far too little to be exposed to scary ghouls, ghosts or goblins, but a costume like that allows him to still participate without fear of being scared.
Halloween costumes can be very expense, depending on how involved, and the character.
This reporter's 18-month-old son dressed as the lead character from the Disney show "Jake and the Neverland Pirates," a costume that cost $53 U.S. dollars for a pieces of fabric scarcely more involved than a woman's under garment.
It's a cynical view, though, to look at Halloween exclusively as a clear and transparent effort for conglomerates such as Disney to make a few extra bucks on the backs of brainwashed kids.
Equally cynical, are the teenagers and young adults that troll neighborhoods only for the candy.
And when I find myself saying stuff like that, I realize just how old I'm truly becoming.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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