Lots of adults try to take the fun out of Halloween. They either do something that threatens the safety of kids, claim it’s not a positive way for children to express themselves, or turn out their lights, lock their door, and get grumpy. I think that they are all missing the point. What other holiday do you give to complete strangers without the hope of getting anything material back in return?
I’m not the type to don costumes or party. I revel in the Trick-or-Treaters. This year, I had two large bags of candy. I really didn’t expect many kids since we only had 15-20 last year. The first showed up around 5:45. Then they slowly knocked on the door. By 7pm there had only been about 20, so I started giving out handfuls. That sure put smiles on their faces!
After 7 they were coming in truck loads. I ended up emptying both big bags and closing the doors at quarter to 8.
Each of the Trick-or-Treaters was polite. They said thank you and smiled broadly at their stash. Their costumes were festive and scary. None wished ill intent on anyone.
I enjoyed seeing them all, conversing, and laughing at their attempts to scare me. They should have been more afraid of my screen door. It opens oddly and I almost knocked several kids off the porch.
For kids, Halloween is not a day for evil. It’s a day for fun. Kids learn valuable lessons. They learn to be courteous and say thanks. They also learn that people are willing to hand out candy for free to complete strangers. What better lesson is there in life than that?
[Photograph credit: Arley Soca, www.sxc.hu]