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Things that go bump in the night
First and foremost, beyond the candy and the costumes, beyond the pumpkin carving and the cider, Halloween is about fear. Since its inception it has celebrated the grotesque and the forbidden, the unknown and the unwanted. The monsters it encourages people to disguise themselves as are outcasts, beings trapped between states, predators for whom humans are the prey. Much of this horror is predicated on sharing traits with humans, and nothing is more terrifying than that which almost looks the part.
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