In a year filled with so much real danger — the horror of hurricanes, mass shootings and nuclear saber-rattling — the fanciful frights of Halloween might seem a little off-key.

But All Hallow’s Eve is answering the darker realities of human condition with laughter and fellowship, spiritual resources that have served south Louisiana well in times of suffering. They’re what got us through the tortuous recovery from tragedies like hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and they sustain as still as residents continue to rebound from last year’s massive flooding.

Trick-or-treating is a way to affirm the bonds between neighbors, and that ritual was disrupted in many south Louisiana neighborhoods last year because homeowners residents were displaced by the Great Flood of 2016. We’re gratified that many of those residents are back in their homes this Halloween, though it’s far too early to think of the recovery as a mission accomplished. A significant number of flood victims are still rebuilding — or struggling to find the resources to move ahead.

Boo at the Zoo, the annual slightly scary Halloween party at the Audubon Zoo, brought out ki…

Hurricane season officially ends at the end of next month. Halloween, though, has traditionally been a hopeful turning point for Louisiana’s storm watchers — a spot on the calendar that tells us we’re on the downslope of the season. While vigilance is still in order, we surely hope that the rest of this year’s official hurricane season is a quiet one.

We’ve had enough real scares this year, and 2017 isn’t finished. Given the headlines, the lighter thrills and chills of Halloween will be a relief.