For those of us who celebrate the holiday in some way, it's perhaps one of the only days during year where we (almost willingly) honor and invite being startled or unnerved -- by the black cat, the skeleton, creaking staircases, or the lurking shadow. We enter the haunted house, we embrace the fear and we nonchalantly shrug off our screams when exiting.
Halloween lasts only a day, however. We toss (or donate) the Hersheys and conveniently shelve the costumes and the cobwebs they collect until next year. The "boos" don't necessarily go away, however.