Time Essay: The Scariest Time of the Year

No matter what you have heard to the contrary, the Druids knew what they were doing. On Halloween, for example (their festival of Samhain), they would call forth the terrifying spirits of their world for the purpose of collecting them in one place and then driving them off. Holidays degenerate, unfortunately. Our own odd Halloweens have dwindled to occasions for guilty-looking parents to lurk under street lamps, while pipsqueaks in Darth Vader masks pass themselves off as terrifying spirits. But what shall we do with our real terrors? If a group of heathen...

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