Halloween traditions in Hilliard and beyond

Scary movies, pumpkins, costumes, and trick-or-treating all add up to a very unique holiday. Halloween excites many and there are lots of ways it is celebrated.  

   The MAiZE at Little Darby Creek has been a great way to get into the fall spirit since its first season in 2001. The MAiZE allows people to go on a hayride, pick pumpkins, go through a corn maze, and then after dark, go through a haunted maze. The haunted maze is a popular attraction that brings in even the youngest of visitors. Melissa and Gary Richardson stood in the line with their one year old, six year old, and seven year old children. 

   “[The one year old] might cry a little, but we will have fun,” said Melissa Richardson. “We come every year and have a great time.”

   Some people are embracing the holiday with creative costumes. Two friends, Cassie Casberg and Maggie Ciesinski in Upper Arlington will be dressing as Remy and Linguini from the movie Ratatouille. 

   “It will be perfect because I kind of control [Ciesinski],” says Casberg with a laugh. 

   Other friends get in the spirit while being outside in the fall weather. Many people enjoy pumpkin picking and carving. Many people carve traditional jack-o-lanterns with their own twist. Others take a more creative route and carve TV show characters, animals, or wacky designs.

   Families have yearly traditions whether it is passing out candy, going trick-or-treating, or watching scary movies. Freshman Dani Bolton’s family wears costumes each year as they pass out candy to kids in Hoffman Farms. 

   “This year we are being the family from [the movie] ‘Us’,” said Bolton.  

   Halloween has many activities and fun events that can appeal to almost everyone. The thrill of spooky season has excited many as Halloween is here.