Tomorrow is Halloween – a holiday I once loved. I’d make my kids’ costumes, I’d stay home handing out candy to little ghouls and witches, while Dad took the munchkins around the neighborhood, and we’d even decorate our yard.
Then the kids got old, the neighbor kids got old, and we went a couple of years when we didn’t have a single trick-or-treater come knocking on our door.
For the last few years, we’ve just left the front porch light off and listened for vandals. (There’ve never been any vandals.)
I’d still stash bags of candy, especially stocking up on candy corn (you either love it or hate it). This years it’s been mini Paydays and caramels. I don’t feel guilty and I don’t share.
Nowadays, many cities (mine included) reschedule Halloween trick-or-treating on more convenient nights. Nights that don’t conflict with school events, church services, and whatever other excuse they (city high-mucky-mucks) can devise.
I think that practice is absurd. If you don’t want your kids to participate, don’t let them. Making it “convenient” or more acceptable to some, will assuredly be a problem for other families.
Back in the day, there was never any pressure to observe Halloween on any other day than Oct. 31.
I won’t be handing out chocolate candy bars, but I’ll be celebrating Halloween in my own way only on Thursday.
I might even wear a costume.
“All the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911.” ~ Lewis Black
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