Halloween is my favorite day of the year. Everyone is in a festive mood. Christmas is supposed to be the best day of the year but it is very depressing thinking of all the Christmases past and those who have passed on. Society has long ago forgotten the meaning of Christmas. Halloween is the day of the dead where we celebrate the memory of those who have passed and we make a big party out of the affair.
Each year I try to pick the costume I think best characterizes that which is most frightening and hideous. It has always been fun to evoke terror and fright in someone by a scary story or shocking costume. This year’s award for the most hideous image epitomizing horror is not a costume but a building. The new hospital building at Scott & White wins hands down. What you see on the hill is not a building under construction but one that is completed on the outside. It not only evokes fright at seeing it but extreme nausea and chest pain. For me personally it has also produced tears and embarrassment. My only hope now is that someday, someone will complete the outside. Until then it stands as a daily reminder of that which is most frightening at Halloween.