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Halloween

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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!

cat haloween

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?

witch

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.

pumpkin

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!!! )

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Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

6 thoughts on “Halloween

  1. Thank you for linking to my post and for the wonderful comment 🙂

    I think it’s becoming a bigger thing in Australia. I’m not a fan.

  2. I’m not a fan either. Last year my daughter and the little boy across the road went to selected homes with his mother. I might get a few bits and pieces together in case we get some this year but we live in a street of mostly retirees.

    • I think if kids visit they do need to go where the people are known. Its hard when we tell them all year about strangers but on one day of the year the guard is thrown down. We have a few things ready incase the kids return to see the real cobwebs and spiders at my house ha ha.I always lecture too as i give the lollies to stay together and not enter houses unless they know the person .Last year thankfully most were accompanied like your daughter, by an adult.

  3. A friend send this in an email and I believe it is true- no more common sense.
    In the past I kept forgeting to buy sweets for kids for Halloween and I gave them money- oh god how happy they were. To be honest some kids use to be quite imaginery with dressing up and it was not that easy to buy costumes. To be honest I truly enjoyed The halloween party I was lucky to be invited to, and the costumes people come in. It was good fun. It is just another occassion to party and kids to use their imagination to dress up ( I dont have anyat all!).

    An Obituary printed in the London Times.

    Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

    – Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
    – Why the early bird gets the worm;
    – Life isn’t always fair;
    – And maybe it was my fault.

    Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

    His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

    Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

    It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

    Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and
    criminals received better treatment than their victims.

    Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

    Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap,
    launched a lawsuit and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

    Common Sense was preceded in death,
    -by his parents, Truth and Trust,
    -by his wife, Discretion,
    -by his daughter, Responsibility,
    -and by his son, Reason.

    He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;
    – I Know My Rights
    – I Want It Now
    – Someone Else Is To Blame
    – I’m A Victim
    – Pay me for Doing Nothing

    Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

    If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

  4. Commom sense has certainly been replaced in many things. I think we need to protect ourselves and respect others but that shouldnt mean at the expense of fun, I think with sound boundaries we can have both .I would have allowed my kids to attend halloween parties ( the did grow up however before it was popular here) but i wouldnt have let them knock on doors of strangers – thats common sense 🙂

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