You can find any number of Silk Spectre Halloween costumes online. Black boots, yellow-and-black zipper-front “romper,” silver belt.
Authorities say Megan Duskey, a special education teacher from Crete, apparently was attempting to slide down a banister when she fell four stories and was killed instantly. Although there’s no indication the tragedy was alcohol-related, the fire department put a stop to the party shortly about 12:30 a.m. after ambulances had been called on four separate occasions for partygoers who appeared to have gotten sick from too much drinking.
In Megan’s case, it appears as if it was just a silly, risky moment of whim that went horribly wrong. How many of us can look back to our 20s and say we didn’t try to pull off at least one stunt that could have resulted in injury or death if we hadn’t been lucky?
This is the second time in less than a week that a young person from the Chicago area has died in a freak accident. Last Wednesday, Declan Sullivan, 20, of Long Grove, was killed when gusty winds blew over the tower from which he was filming Notre Dame’s football practice.
Notre Dame officials are still dealing with questions about that accident, and whether anything could have been done to prevent it.
In the Halloween party tragedy, it doesn’t appear as if this was anything but a young woman having fun with friends on a Saturday night and making a fatal mistake.
And for everyone who knew and loved her, Halloween has forever been transformed from a festive faux-holiday to a terrible anniversary.