Holiday of mischief

By Taylor Wilhoit, Staff Writer

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” will be pouring out of thousands of homes this weekend as Halloween is celebrated across the country. From costume parties to trick-or-treating, the holiday is celebrated in many different ways, but the scary aspect of Halloween is the most iconic. Ghost stories, haunted houses, and fun costumes result in some great stories to tell of Halloweens’ past.

Junior Rachel Maddox recalls her favorite memory, “I was in the newspaper in third grade. It was for my costume, I was princess Belle.”

Not all holidays go so smoothly. “My dad won a contest for the ugliest pumpkin at a party,” said senior Maddie Joel, “but the next morning my cat threw up all over his pumpkin.” Cats aren’t the only ones getting sick on Halloween. Last year, between October 1 and November 30, 4,400 people were sent to the hospital for Halloween-related injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Most were due to pumpkin-carving accidents, but fatal trips, falls, and allergic reactions were other causes of trips to the emergency room.

For sophomore Molly Roush, it’s one she’ll never forget. “Last year me and some friends went out soggy bawling, but we accidentally hit a cop car. We ran, but the police officer chased me down and caught me, but it was okay because he just told me to never do it again and then left. That was a crazy time,” said Roush.

Not everyone gets away with shenanigans that easily. Freshman Sage Kosmala said, “My best friend, Madi Bilidou, and I went and scared people on Halloween and I got cussed out by someone. It was great.” Halloween, the holiday of mischief.