Do you celebrate Halloween? It’s becoming a much bigger craze now in Australia. About 10 years ago it wasn’t a large scene. Some did it but it wasn’t uncommon to not pass a “trick or treater ‘while out on an evening walk. Nowadays the supermarkets display the Halloween signs, adorning shelves and shelves of lollies. They sell special pumpkins as well as decorative baskets to hold lollies received in the travels of the ’trick of treaters’. Our local party shop has every decoration and costume imaginable … and some I didn’t want to imagine!
As a parent (lucky this escalated after my kids outgrew the idea) I’m not sure I’d want my child wandering aimlessly around streets at dusk. Yes, I was a (ummm my kids might say I still am even though they are self-sufficient in their 20s )helicopter parent. But, the mere thought of knocking on random doors to collect random lollies from strangers scares me to the bone. These strangers might do weird things to the sweets before handing them over. Definitely any unwrapped lolly would be bin designated without a thought. Even the wrapped lollies would be looked over with such scrutiny any chocolate would be melted by the body heat from my fingers. I think I’d rather just give my kids some lolly bags and cover all safety bases.
Also, the costumes can be truly bizarre! This blog gives a perspective on this. Is that really what we want our children thinking? Also, is it nice to imply to people who you choose to visit that if they don’t reward you they will receive a trick. Is this a form of bullying?
Must admit, we do prepare a bit for the night and buy a few packets of really nice chocolates for my daughter and me to eat while we watch for the kids (who get the cheaper lollies haha). We have once attached a witch toy to our door which cackled and screamed when a sharp clap sound happened. A note directed the children to clap to alert our attention. Most ran screaming up the driveway at the unexpected noise , but feeling bad I would then send my daughter to chase them with a treat . Last year (I’m not big on cleaning outside) a neighbour decorated her house with fake webs and spiders. The children then arrived at our door and one was overheard to say “Wow this house has REAL webs and spiders!” She got a good chocolate haha.
So, does Halloween cross the politically correct line, or is it just a bit of fun for kids to dress up and receive enough sugar to keep them hyped up for a few days?
Have your kids (or you) gone ‘trick or treating’? Tell me some stories of their adventures, any fears you have had or the laughs (or perhaps a windfall – I once taught a little girl who walked the streets of a fairly elitist suburb and most houses gave her a gold coin and there were a lot of houses!!! )