I am writing in response to an article Amanda Matlock wrote just before Halloween, called “Big scares at Trails of Terror.” In her story, she tells about a couple from Markleville who turn their backyard into a state of the art haunted house and what the public can expect to encounter, saying “also roaming about the property are rabid zombies, scary clowns, creepy dolls, and even a SERIAL KILLER DRESSED AS SANTA.”
I read that last sentence over and over and could not believe what I was reading. After all the violent tragedies the towns of Pendleton, Lapel and Markleville have experienced over the past couple of years, I am appalled that the Times would promote an article about such violence, much less give it the front page.
While I am sure the couple from Markleville mean well, enjoy creating the ‘Trails of Terror’ and providing the community with such scary entertainment, honestly I find this kind of entertainment to be insensitive to those who have been traumatized from the violent tragedies in our community over the past couple years. I believe this couple unknowingly participated in the violent culture which we live. The tragedies over the past two years were random and unexpected, so the last thing this community needs is more anxiety and fear about its safety.
I don’t know about you, but I’d like to keep my image of Santa as this overweight, jolly man who reminds me of my loving grandfather, who showers children with toys and candy every Christmas and not a crazed psychopath who hunts his prey in the small towns of America.