Yesterday I put a six-foot cardboard skeleton on our front door in preparation for Halloween. It has a Mexican Day-of-the-Dead-style design, which makes the skeleton appear approachable…except its eyes. The curlicue lines that make up his eyebrows make the skull sockets look sinister—very sinister. I hesitated buying it because I don’t like the whole sinister slant on Halloween these days, and generally try to avoid displaying anything evil. I like the black cats, pumpkins, sheeted ghosts and warty witches from the Halloweens of my youth. As a kid these decorations didn’t bring me terror. They triggered the excited anticipation of a candy extravaganza.