This past Wednesday evening I took my children out “trick-or-treating.” This has become a yearly tradition where I take the children out because they know that I’ll let them get more candy than momma will. 🙂 Here are some observation I made:
- Trick-or-treating is a great community activity that brings neighbors together. Several town-homes had neighbors from nearby homes congregating as they handed out candy. Society could use more of this.
- Taking the children out is also a great way for me to meet people in the community. As a minister, it is always good to meet other local people.
- Some people/families spend a lot of money to decorate for Halloween. It’s not for me but I enjoy seeing the fruit of their labor. I am also glad that this year, all of the decorations were rated “PG” (after all, trick-or-treating is for children).
- Communities should pass ordinances that make it illegal for people old enough to shave or wear a bra to go out trick-or-treating for themselves. Just saying…
- It is very important to me to teach my children to be courteous and thankful to the people who are freely giving them candy. They do this. What I did not expect was for my 4 year-old son to start getting specific and asking people if they had a Milky Way candy bar. Naturally, I put a stop to this but it made me think of how quickly an inherently innocent activity can create the dark-side of consumerism.
- 99% of the treats passed out is store bought miniature candy-bars. When I was a child, I could count on receiving some fresh homemade cookies, a caramel apple or two, and some fresh made hot apple cider. Those days are gone because of too much food tampering and other devious stuff. Sad! I feel like children today have been deprived in some way. So in some strange way, the “trick” has been played on them.
Did you take children out trick-or-treating? Hand out candy? If so, are there any observations you made?