Staff Picks

Is Halloween important?

Pablo Orta: Is Halloween an important holiday? Heck no! Should we keep it as a holiday? Heck yeah! Who doesn’t love dressing up and walking up to awesomely decorated houses to get candy? Who doesn’t love carving pumpkins and eating pumpkin pie with loads of whipped cream? No one, that’s who. So while Halloween may not serve a religious, cultural, or emotional purpose, it doesn’t need to. Halloween serves one single purpose, to give kids something to look forward to in the gloomy month of October, and that’s perfectly fine.

Avery Olson: Define the word important. We definitely don’t get to miss school for this “Holiday”. Halloween seems like the ugly friend of Christmas. I’ve never been a fan, but it’s fun to have an excuse to eat all that leftover candy.

Tug Olson: If you break Halloween down from a fundamental standpoint, you’ve got costumes, the ability to stay out a little later than usual, and free candy. To me, not a single one of those is important. These aspects make Halloween fun, but as I get older, the interest level of dressing up, goes down, and I have homework, so I can’t stay up all night hyped up on candy. Halloween is even losing it’s pizazz this year, falling on a Monday. We all can attend school dressed outrageously for one day and that’s about it because you’ve got to get up and go to school the next day. Some people love dressing up and getting in the scary mood, but for me, Halloween isn’t that important. I would rather just go home and watch My Name is Earl.

Jacob Smith: Halloween isn’t really a holiday. It’s like an excuse to wear weird, scary, or just gross stuff in public. Through the years, I have found less involvement in the madhouse that is Halloween. I’m in that awkward in between stage where I can’t Trick-or-Treat, but I can’t go to those adult parties, so Halloween turns into my typical night, Netflix and sit alone. So to some people, Halloween is this “WHOO! Chocolate all night long!” and all in holiday. Others just kind of brush it off and wait for Thanksgiving. I like Halloween, and I like my fun-sized Snickers, but I don’t want to leave the couch dressed up as Harry Potter to get some.

Mey Tuinei: We go to school, we go to work- is this even a holiday? Important? Debatable. If I wanted a night of stuffing my face with candy and watching scary movies, I’d just do it. This doesn’t mean I’m against others dressing up and seeking the thrill of being scared. I have my splurge days and girls’ nights to take a break from everyday life, to let loose and have fun and America has days like this, Halloween.

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