By Donald Jay Howton

The witching hour will strike at midnight on Tuesday, October 31 for all the Halloween parties around the city.

Many of the parties will be spooky and scary. A few on the other hand will be downright frightening. Really, my darlings, a Halloween party should be filled with spirit, not fashionistas.

Years ago, people dressed in costumes would hide on the front porch waiting in thrilling anticipation for the ghosts, vampires, witches and goblins. Standing near the carved Jack-o-lantern, the little ones would shout, “Trick or Treat.”

However, some of the “decorated” homes I have seen this season would frighten even the witches.

The voices from under the costumes will fill the late October sky with fear. On that haunted evening, there will be no disappointed children. Granted, most everyone can live without candy corn, but who can resist Kit Kats, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Smarties, M&M’s, suckers, Snickers, Yummy Worms, Skittles or Sweet Tarts?

Long after the little ones have emptied their plastic, orange pumpkins or Walmart shopping bags and separated their sweet treasures, Linus will still be in the pumpkin patch.

After 56 years, Linus still believes the Great Pumpkin will appear.

Well, maybe next year. Happy Halloween.