Inquiring Photographer: What does Halloween really mean to you?
Suzy Pinto, 55, and her two-year-old granddaughter Amelia: “It’s a wonderful time for children to dress up and be happy. I used to take my son trick or treating, and now I will take my granddaughter. To me, Halloween is a time for families to be together and have fun.”
Amelia likes knocking on doors, “I’m going to be Spiderman! I like saying Trick or Treat smell my feet, give me something good to eat.”
Andre McMichael, 21, an Afterschool Activities Specialist: “I don’t celebrate Halloween. It’s not a big thing to me. It’s just another commercial holiday. It doesn’t symbolize anything. I may go to a party that day, but that’s about it.”
Tiffany Baskerville-Thomas, 31,
a case manager: “I like Halloween. It’s a time to break free. I let my son step out of his character and pretend he is a superhero, villain or whatever he wants. The festivities and the thrill of being scared makes it so much fun. My son and I usually go to the Coney Island Halloween Parade dressed in one costume and then Trick or Treating in another. It’s nice because we enjoy spending time together separating candy and being silly.
Jermaine Chambers, 33,
works in sales: “I never celebrate Halloween. My parents didn’t celebrate it when I was growing up, and I don’t plan on participating in it with my children. It’s not a big deal. What is there to celebrate, goblins, ghosts, or just getting scared? No, it’s doesn’t represent anything.”