Every year, on one dark and frightening night, little girls dress up in unicorn costumes, skip around the neighborhood block, chomp on Snickers bars and admire the glowing jack-o-lanterns perched on the doorsteps.

Halloween is seen from two perspectives: one describing it as a joyous season of elaborate decor and costumes, filled with delicious desserts and candies. On the other hand, up to

175 million strangers roam the streets, some with the intent to go trick-or-treating, and others who are up to no good. Furthermore, some complain that Halloween creates an evil threat to their religion and imposes a demonic or even satanic omen to the country.

This poses the question: Should the long-standing tradition of Hallows Eve, which has roots that can be traced back 2,000 years ago, continue to be exposed to the public and, more important, to children?

Multiple authorities have been able to research this issue and provide some facts. For example, Scott Humphrey, the second vice president of the Travelers insurance company, handles risk control for that organization. Humphrey found that on average, crime-related claims on Halloween increase by 17%. Also, research shows that Northeastern University professor James Alan Fox says that Halloween has a 50% higher crime rate than any other holiday, and about twice more than the average day.

All this evidence implies that Halloween does create an excessive amount of violence. However, is this really too much violence to cancel a whole season and the one night of trick-or-treating?

Although the season of Halloween is seen to have a higher crime rate and may promote violence, I believe the practice of trick-or-treating should not be banned. Halloween provides too many benefits for it to be forgotten. For instance, it turns the terrifying fears of the unknown into a fun, humorous experience for all. Humans are already frightened about the ghosts and monsters that may haunt this world, but Halloween transforms that fear into happiness and a sense of relief.

Another reason for keeping this tradition is for the sake of helping children learn and grow. Indeed, exposing monsters and ghouls to kids is sure to give them a scare but, in the long run, this will benefit them. Studies show that we need to experience a healthy amount of stress in our lives so we aren’t surprised when an extremely stressful moment comes our way. Children also need to understand that there are scary things in the world we live in, but that we can always turn them around and focus on the positives.

In sum, the allegations against Halloween are necessary to point out and something should be done about them. Nonetheless, the benefits of this season greatly outweigh the drawbacks.

I propose that police forces should be enhanced around this month, especially on the night of Oct. 31. A neighborhood watch should be established for sure, and parents should be more cautious and reliable. The most imperative goal for Halloween should be the bringing about of the safety and security of the people, and also using this season as a chance to unify Americans as one people.

David Grigg is a senior at Zillah High School.