Why I Hate Halloween
This writer says "boo humbug" to the popular holiday
2. A Real Fright Night
It's no small coincidence that October, in addition to being the month in which Halloween falls, is also Crime Prevention Month. Wearing costumes and masks seems to make people both dumber and more daring. Whether you're in Lufkin, Texas, Evansville, Indiana or Poughkeepsie, New York, Halloween is a night of criminal mischief, according to news reports in these areas. "Certain crimes tend to be Halloween staples," reports the Evansville Courier. They are "the pumpkin smashing, the car eggings, the breaking of windows."
But it's not just the criminal mischief that makes Halloween so dreaded. "The evening violent crime count on Oct. 31 is about 50 percent higher than on any other date during the year," writes James Alan Fox on Boston.com. Although Fox is referring to stats in Beantown, newspaper headlines suggest that the same may be true for elsewhere in the county: In Washington, D.C., six people were shot in various parts of the District on Oct. 31, 2011, while in New Orleans, multiple shootings left two people dead and 13 injured. Halloween alone isn't to blame for any violent crime, but certainly a holiday so centered around gore and death doesn't encourage wholesome, law-abiding behavior.
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