Halloween is the time to enjoy being scared from imaginary sources but many families have endured their own real life horror stories. A series of natural and manmade disasters have delivered plenty of frightful moments to parents and students.
Three cheers to all who rose above the ghastly and in many cases continuing, challenges. It wasn’t easy. For example, the college-bound and their parents had a unique set of tasks, tests and college tours to deal with before they could realize their college dreams.
Across the country, fires, floods and furious winds attacked schools, businesses and homes. There were mudslides and earthquakes, downed power lines and contaminated water supplies.
Ironically, the one year anniversary of monster Super Storm Sandy and the extreme devastation it caused on Long Island, New York City and New Jersey was remembered on Tuesday. The almost hurricane also attacked the rest of the east coast from Maine to Florida and parts inland.
Many families adversely impacted by natural disasters had their college prep interrupted. From school closings to travel problems to financial issues, the college-bound had to overcome intense obstacles.
More than one website frightened its users. The launch of the new federal health care site stressed many people and the changes to the old Common Application site freaked out many high school seniors trying to submit applications to colleges before their deadlines.
Technology has also been used for evil instead of good. Identity theft crimes have increased, especially against college students. And who hasn't had their credit card or other number changed because of a security breach?
TV shows disclosed a host of encounters with unearthly spirits. Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, TLC’s Long Island Medium and the Travel Channel’s The Dead Files are some examples. Reinterpretations of chilling classic movies emerged including Carrie, Amityville - The Legacy 3D and Twilight.
Many stressed parents and students seek out entertainment for a release from everyday pressures. However popular the above are, many families are looking to escape from fear and fright, not continue to experience it.
As for this Halloween, many families are still in various stages of recovery from these and other terrors. They may decide to trade scary for safety and celebrate surviving some real life horrors.
Watch the video for some apps to make Halloween safer and more fun. Enjoy and have a Happy Halloween!
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