Secondly, it's Halloween, that most special and beautiful of holidays. Now, don't let the corporate/governmental world fuck this up...they've already got a foothold in screwing up Halloween. I beg you and implore you to work against it.
There was a a time when Halloween meant dressing up in costumes, going out AT NIGHT for trick-or-treating, and scaring the bejeezus out of anyone and anything you could. Nowadays, i see more and more articles on "safe alternatives" to going out, and when kids DO go out, it's still light out...and let's not forget all the PC-bullshit about being non-threatening.
Excuse me? Christ, no wonder we have such pussified children, raising them around this kind of crap.
(*side note: I'm eating Little Debbie Glazed Mini-Donuts...and they leave the strangest taste in your mouth, like they are coating your mouth in plastic. Avoid them in the future.*)
You know why we do things like that? Because we are afraid. Why are we afraid? We've heard too many stories about things that happened. However, we don't stop to consider that for every one of those stories, there are literally MILLIONS of kids who are just fine. We also don't seem to ever get to the point of fighting back, we just cringe in our caves going, "well, that's bad, let's just find an alternative." Never mind that those alternatives are STUPID, never mind that, as citizens, we could be working AGAINST it and solving the PROBLEM, not just going around it.
Everyone who shelters their child against the slings and arrows of the world, letting them learn how to quit and cringe in fear, instead of allowing them to experience them, letting them learn how to cope and handle things, makes me want to vomit blood.