Warrior Words: Superhero for a day

We’re lucky this year to have such colorful foliage in Wilton. Everyone’s buying their pumpkins for carving, and all of the Starbucks addicts are looking forward to their Pumpkin Spice Lattes. The changing of the leaves reminds me of the upcoming holiday: Halloween. I will admit that Halloween as a child is much more whimsical than it is as a 17-year-old boy. Most people don’t appreciate teenagers knocking on their door for candy.

When I was younger, I looked forward to the Miller-Driscoll and Cider Mill Halloween parades. Back then, it seemed, there was an endless stream of kids in costumes, from princesses to superheroes. Suddenly, in Middlebrook, the number of costumes dwindled. Everyone, more timid about celebrating, decided it was best to suppress the Halloween spirit; it was a combination of insecurity and the feeling that we’d outgrown the holiday. It was this insecurity that forced Halloween into dormancy for the next three years.

I was shocked my freshman year when, walking through the senior hallway, I saw tons of high school students clad in costume. As a freshman, I didn’t get the memo that the Halloween spirit was alive. Ironically, it seemed that the older, more mature students reveled in the holiday. Every year since, I’ve gotten a kick out of seeing the group outfits, whether it be the group of teenage mutant ninja turtles or Harry and Hermione walking down the hall. Back then, I couldn’t wrap my head around the sudden change in the student body’s mentality, and I’ve come to a conclusion. Once you’re in high school, that insecurity that’s natural to have in middle school is gone. Everyone finds their own niche, and people become more comfortable with themselves. There are only two times during the school year when students can be creative and express themselves: Spirit Week and Halloween. Of course, it’s usually the seniors who deck themselves out the most during these times because perhaps they feel as if they have nothing to lose. They’re comfortable in their own skin, and they’ve learned not to care what others think. It’s nice to watch kids become confident enough to get in the spirit and not worry about making a fool out of themselves. I’ve been so dedicated this time of year that, as a junior, I painted my entire body green to be Elphaba from Wicked!

Halloween is near once again, and I can’t wait to see how many kids will turn into superheroes for a day. True, trick-or-treating is over unless we’re escorting our younger sibling, but all is not lost. We may not be cute, and we may do stupid things like paint ourselves green, but at least the students at Wilton High School can say we had a blast doing it.

Daniel Glynn is a senior at Wilton High School. He shares this column with four classmates.