"The joys of Trick or Treating" by: Jessica Shepard

   Halloween is centuries old and seems to be getting bigger every year.
   Officially, it’s based on the old Celtic end-of-the-year feast known as Samhain and the Christian feast All Hallow’s Day.
   Some say it begins the three day observance of “Allhallowtide,” the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.
   Either way, age old traditions have held true and carried over to the present.
   Dressing up in costumes and going door-to-door for treats is rooted in my past, too.
   My earliest memory of Halloween was watching my father and his best friend dress up in scary masks and scare the little kids who rang the doorbell for candy.
   Sometimes, when I wasn’t expecting it, they scared me, too.
   I’ve been everything from a Disney princess and Minnie Mouse to the old witchy standby and a zombie.
   The latter was the most fun experience when I lived on campus in college.

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