But a holiday that's typically held to be one of fun, magic and delight was overshadowed by a horrific site that for many, resurrects a hateful past better left buried.
Jessica Black of Craigsville, Virginia allowed her 7-year-old son wear a Ku Klux Klan costume for this year's Halloween because, "it's a family tradition," as she contended.
Jessica Black stated, "my brother has [worn it] when he was in Kindergarten and when he was 13." She continued to argue that there is nothing wrong with the costume or with the White Supremacist group, which remains in operation in her town. "It's supposed to be white with white, black with black, man with woman and all of that. That's what the KKK stands for."
When reflecting on how one learns and adopts racist beliefs and principals, it's evident in this story how the familial process of socialization implants these multilevel damaging oppressive patterns of thinking into the innately spotless minds of children and youth.