No matter the origins of the day, no one can argue it’s simply turned into another corporate-driven holiday to push consumer sales for costumes, greeting cards, decorations, candy, and a host of other items.
The day has evolved into a way to have a little fun and spend some money.
Locally, and in other communities, it’s also become a way for people to do both while also benefiting area agencies, such as rescue squads and veterans groups. The Field of Screams, at Fisher River Park in Dobson, is one example. Another is the American Legion Post in Mount Airy, which is sponsoring a haunted trail.
I can’t begin to explain the psychology of why people like to be scared. But they do. A thriving horror movie industry, the career of Stephen King, and dozens upon dozens of haunted trails and houses that pop up across North Carolina every Halloween are testament to this fact.
I like a good scare myself. Ever since I was a child, I loved watching horror movies, reading the likes of King and Edgar Allan Poe and Shirley Jackson. I’ve mentioned before I even write a few horroresque fiction pieces from time to time.
That doesn’t mean I understand it all, why so many of us enjoy the idea of being scared witless. But, we do.
That’s why Halloween is such a perfect opportunity to give in to this secret little desire while also helping the community. If you like a good scare, make a point to visit one of these local outlets that offers some thrills, while the admission cost is going to a good cause.
It seems like half the newsroom here at The Mount Airy News visited The Field of Screams this week, and last night most of my family did, too. All reported having a blast, and the Dobson Rescue squad benefits from the proceeds.
Thrills, chills, and helping the rescue squad (or American Legion, or similar group). Sounds like a wonderful match to me.