I have observed escalation and trivialization of Halloween in recent years. Home decorations increase yearly in extent and cost. There's escalation in pumpkins -- it used to be one per household. Now, many homes have multiple pumpkins. And candy -- sellers know the earlier they put the candy out, the more people will buy.
Halloween is All Hallow's Eve -- when the spirits of those who have departed are supposed to be closer to us. Before that it was a Celtic holiday related to the harvest. Who can recall or recognize any of this in the deluge of cuteness and pumpkins, and the gluttony that lasts for weeks? At least I don't worry as much as in past years about my cat being outside that night.
-- MADELEINE C. BROWN, Richland