Halloween was a bad day this year.

I’d planned to skip choir practice to walk around my neighborhood taking pictures. But then the attack happened downtown. I now believe that terrorists are just very damaged people using whatever religion or political ideology they can grab onto as an excuse to kill people. This jackass, for instance, killed mostly tourists, not Americans, which just breaks my heart. They come here to have a good time and end up getting murdered. But he didn’t care. He just wanted to commit murder. It has nothing to do with God.

Harmony seemed like a better way to spend the evening. But I took these pictures to and from rehearsal. Even though newscasters claimed otherwise, it was the most subdued Halloween I’ve ever seen. The crowds watching the parade were half the size they usually are, and even though people generally party all night on Halloween the streets were mostly empty on my way home.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Halloween was a bad day this year.

  1. We are all sad too. 🙁

    What really bothers me in all this is when people in power use divide and conquer tactics to get those of us with little power to hate each other and fight amongst ourselves. And it’s so easy to do. 🙁

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