Halloween is scary, says ABC. Scary because it threatens your children, that is. ABC touches on some classic lore, like poison candy, but focuses first on kids getting hit by cars.
That kids get hit by cars all year long isn't mentioned.
Next, ABC reports on the weird specter of teens trick-or-treating. Why is this scary?
[Mayor Mark Eckert of Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis] said he heard from too many single mothers and senior citizens complaining they were frightened by "6-foot-tall kids" showing up at their homes in search of candy
[Lou Thurston, spokesman for the Newport News Police Department in Virginia] said. "The point is making the place safe."
That's about as specific as it gets. No mention of, say, gang affiliation, sexuality, terrorism, or home invasions. One expert quoted actually sees Halloween as reducing crime. Instead the article just leaves us with this weird image of women and/or older folks scared of tall (presumably male) teenagers wanting candy. Plus a sense that it's a new fear, somehow:
[John Womeldorf, a real estate agent in James City County, Va., states],"It is a different world than I grew up in so I guess we do have to have certain things like that in place to be enforced if needed..."
Perhaps a hint can be found in this bit of the law:
The ordinance also prohibits those over 12 years old from wearing masks in public any other day of the year.