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A child’s-eye view of Halloween

Lisa Marsh

Halloween, for all its ghouls and freaks, has always been a day for kids to celebrate, too.

The costumes have changed, and the candy is mass-produced, but some traditions have lasted for centuries.

Youths of today may not know for what reasons they do what they do, but Halloween is still a favorite holiday for many. Recently, while preparing to haunt the Grand Hall at Valhalla, the Lilliput Players offered their ideas on the day.

“It’s one of those things that people have done forever,” said Holly Kristin, 18, of Auburn, Calif. “It’s a tradition.”

“Scaring the wits out of people is the best part,” said Evan Sarosik, 9, of South Lake Tahoe.

Although the day’s fun is full of surprises, there are other motives for the kids to participate. It isn’t hard to tell what the main draw is.

“I like the free candy, dressing up and being with my friends,” said Jenni Stephenson, 16, of Roseville, Calif.

“We’re the kids that are too old, but still go trick or treating,” added Kristin.

“You get treats and get to go to haunted houses,” said Laurel Smith, 7.

The mood is one of excitement, the activities and rewards are pure fun. Times have changed, Halloween has remained. And the children continue to run wild, eat candy and celebrate the “scary” things. Costumes can be frightening or funny and are worn by all.

“I like it because you get to be your true self and show your true colors,” said Ryan MacLeod, 13, of South Lake Tahoe.

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