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Halloween comic: Ghosts


Whether we’re elated by the return of pumpkin spice beverages to coffee or we’re spending weeks selecting the perfect costume, Spooky Season seems to be universally adored. All of autumn builds to Halloween, which for many teens is infused with happy childhood memories. But what happens when you’re “too old” for trick-or-treating, though not yet ready to give it up? While some of my peers have moved on to handing out treats instead of receiving them, I am among those who continue to trick-or-treat, not so much for the free candy, but for its nostalgic joy (which does not come without a little shame).

The comic “Ghosts” follows two teenage friends on Halloween night as they don their witch and devil costumes. With their attire comes a metaphorical transformation into the “ghosts” of their younger selves, who go out to trick-or-treat around the neighborhood. The characters navigate a complex though largely universal feeling: the sense that trick-or-treating should be a thing of the past, coupled with the desire to indulge, revel in and briefly merge with one’s younger self, all before the end of adolescence.

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