Halloween brings out ghosts and goblins and all sorts of spooky happenings. Some of the scary things are discussed a lot. Some are not.
For instance, to me, something frightening is the Pack Mentality, a condition which rises tenfold at this time of year. It takes over the leaders of the future, in epidemic proportion, causing thousands of them to all dress in similar attire.
Every year there is some "must have" costume. And every year there are hundreds of parents driving from one Halloween store to the next in order to find the last one on the shelf.
This year, expect to see a lot of Zombies and Angry Birds at your door.
And what about the "I can do better" syndrome, which turns perfectly normal neighbors into ghoulish competitors, converting front lawns into elaborate cemeteries, rafters into bat caves, and flower pots into witches' stews.
But what is most scary and getting scarier every year, is the state of the candy bar.
What used to be five or six inches (don't go where I think your mind is going) taking several minutes to finish, allowing time to savor the sweetness, can now be consumed in one simple bite. Open mouth. Close. Chew. Swallow. Where is the fun in that?
Those six inches cost about fifteen cents. Today, that mini-bite costs about a quarter.
We're getting less. Paying more.
Perhaps dieters appreciate the smaller candies. Just one little bite isn't much. But I suspect that one bite often leads to two, which then leads to three and so on (after all, they're just little bits). In my opinion the little sized candies are a detriment to someone watching their weight.
But I can't change the future. Candy will no doubt continue to shrink in size (much like old men) as their cost goes up.
No, I can't change progress (if you can call it that) but I can preserve my memories of Halloween. Those cold wintry "trick or treat" nights, walking with my neighbors, sucking on candy cigarettes (remember those?) excited to get home and go through my candy stash.
At least that part hasn't changed for the kids of today.
If this ever ends, then it will truly be a scary state of affairs.