The year Halloween lost its magic

October 31, 2014 3:56 PM

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The year Halloween lost its magic

My son always loved Halloween. From the time he was a tiny toddler, he’d plan his costume out months in advance, and, as the days grew chilly, he’d take my hand and drag me into the garage, pointing excitedly to our rapidly expanding collection of ghosts and dancing goblins and light up witches. “It’s time, Mommy,” he’d say urgently. “It’s time to make the house ready for Halloween!”

Trick or treating was also a big deal. He’d get dressed up and I’d take him out, the first few years with my best friends and their children, and then later, when he was in elementary school, we’d go in a big group around the neighborhood and then to the big Halloween trick or treating event on Main...

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