Briarfield Dental Oct 2017

October 2017


Witches, Haunted Hotels, and Operation Gratitude

cue, I would run and hide behind the furniture so I wouldn’t have to see her. After a little while, my dad would say, “It’s okay now,” and I would pop back up. However, it wasn’t okay, and the witch was still on the TV! I’d yell and dive back for cover, and meanwhile, Dad would start laughing. The Wicked Witch of the West terrified me, but I loved “The Wizard of Oz” then, and I still do today! Now, if I need a book to put me in the Halloween mood, Stephen King’s “The Shining” is the first thing I’ll grab. You might have seen the 1980 movie directed by Stanley Kubrick, and while it’s good, the movie pales in comparison to the book, as movies tend to do. Stephen King’s novel is an example of

Halloween brings out special holiday traditions. It’s a strange time of year when horror meets whimsy, and it can be fun to play along. There are countless books, movies, and TV shows dedicated to scaring people until their hair turns white — not that I have to worry about that now! I’ve never been a fan of the slasher gorefests like “Saw” or “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” but there are a few stories I would call my Halloween favorites. My favorite Halloween movie might seem a little unconventional, but hear me out: “The Wizard of Oz.” While Dorothy’s adventure through Oz isn’t a horror classic, as a child, nothing scared me more than the Wicked Witch of the West. The actress, Margaret Hamilton, brought us one of the greatest villains in cinema, with her horrible cackle and the way she held her hands like claws ready to scratch out Dorothy’s eyes. I watched “The Wizard of Oz” so many times as a kid that I knew exactly when the green witch was going to appear. Right before her

While movies and books are fun, my favorite part of Halloween is our annual candy buyback! Each year, we invite patients to stop by the office and sell us their extra candy. We then donate the candy, in addition to toothbrushes and other supplies, to Operation Gratitude, a charity that sends care packages to deployed troops. We’re going into our third year of the candy buyback, and the event has become like a special Halloween party held after Halloween! In addition to selling their candy for $1 a pound, kids can wear their costumes, win great prizes, and write letters to our troops. Last year, we donated 100 pounds of candy. This year, the goal is 150! I would love to see everyone stop by on Thursday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., or Friday, November 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids who come in wearing their costumes will get an extra raffle ticket to add to the prize drawing. Drop by and help us reach our goal! – Dr. Stuckey

exceptional storytelling that explores a deeper meaning you just don’t get in the movie. It was this book that got King typecasted as a horror author, which he considered to be a great compliment.

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