Halloween has always been a favorite holiday of mine. However, it seems a more macabre side of Halloween is becoming mainstream. I have seen fabrications of impaled heads, severed hands and feet, body parts in meat trays and amputations on a barbecue. It is both grisly and disturbing.

Have we become so desensitized that these things are to be viewed as festive or humorous? I wonder how those must feel who have witnessed the reality of carnage as a result of war or personal tragedy. "Spooky" used to mean witches, skeletons and ghosts. The things I have seen would require an "R" rating in the theater or an "M" rating in a video game. Yet they sit out in plain sight at many stores that carry holiday merchandise.

I'll stick to the carved pumpkins and children dressed up as their favorite heroes.

Amber D. Fox

Salt Lake City