Halloween is a holiday that is intrinsically linked with Death. With itís roots tied into All Saints Day and Samhain, Halloween is wrapped up in death. However where All Saints Day and Samhain were serious events in culture, Halloween is a playful jab at Death. Nowhere is that more evident, then in the concept of the Haunted House. Death is not celebrated or embraced in this Halloween tradition, but rather it is used as a thrill, something to make life more exciting.
As a child, I remember vividly the Haunted houses that the schools put up, and going to Knottís Scary Farm. A menagerie of dismembered bodies and monsters which would hide and jump out at you in an attempt to frighten you and get that adrenaline flowing. When examining this ritual of Halloween, it is apparent how far Halloween has changed, not just from Samhain and All Saints Day, but from the 1950ís. The main theme of 1950ís Halloween, was one of fun an...