Driving around Mokena these days, it's easy to sense the Halloween spirit.
Houses are decorated, some more than others, the chilly fall winds are reminding us it is indeed late October, and candy and costumes seem to be advertised just about everywhere you turn. Grocery stores are fully stocked with pumpkin-flavored products, and the color orange is all over, in the forms of both fallen leaves and seasonal decorations.
The spooky spirit was undoubtedly strong the weekend of Oct. 18-20 at Main Park, when thousands of residents and visitors from across the region took in the festivities of the Mokena Community Park District's Halloween Hollow. There were ghosts, goblins, werewolves and creepy creatures of all stripes and sizes. There were also rides, entertainment and carnival foods aplenty. By all accounts, it was a ball (check out our story and photos on page 3).
I'm sure the celebratory mood will continue through trick-or-treating and Halloween weekend itself.
What a strange but spectacular holiday.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year — these celebrations make obvious sense. For the most part, these honored days are set aside as times to revisit our values and spend with family.
But Halloween? Dressing up and watching scary movies hardly seem like activities worthy of a massive annual celebration. Yet they are.
Unlike the more formal occasions of Thanksgiving and Christmas, Halloween is a time to roll up one's sleeves — whether they be fake-blood-spattered or resembling skeleton bones — and let loose. It's all about fun
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