Although I do love Halloween, there is one issue I have with it. I think it stems from the fact that Halloween is still in its infancy here in Australia and “trick or treating” is only a new concept to us. I am hoping that maybe my North American readers can help me put this issue I have to bed.
Let me start off by wishing all my readers a Happy Halloween. Once again the celebration has grown bigger in my area with not only more kids dressed up and out there trick or treating, but more neighbours joining in and giving out treats.
I posted this on my Facebook wall earlier tonight;
We met up with a large group of kids and a mum dressed up as well. We only did our circuit but was pleased to see more of our neighbours join in this year.
Some people put signs up saying that they weren’t participating which is really good because it’s great to acknowledge it even if you aren’t giving out treats because it won’t waste your time or the kids’ time.
I get quite emotional walking the streets on Halloween and seeing the kids dressed up and the neighbours giving out treats. Not because we are embracing a so called “American” tradition, but because it is a great way to meet neighbours in these days where we are not as connected to them as we once were.
We had a beautiful experience tonight when one older lady called me over to tell me that the chocolates that she was giving out may contain traces of nuts and she didn’t want to give them out without the parent’s approval. That shows that not only is she caring enough to give out treats, but she truly cares about the kids to the nth degree.
I hope this keeps getting bigger and bigger and we can meet up and share this exciting night with more of our community. We are blessed with Halloween falling in the warmer season and during daylight saving so we can walk the neighbourhood even if the day falls on a work/school day as it is today.
Whether you love the day or not, I want to wish you the happiest of Halloweens you’ve ever had. If only every day was as community focused as this day is becoming.
The problem that I have is this; whilst I was out with the boys doing trick or treating, our own home, with treats to hand out ourselves was left unattended. Tonight is the information night at our youngest son’s big school as he starts kindergarten next year. Although I would normally attend these things, one of us had to stay home with the kids (no kids allowed at the school information night, how ironic) and also, with tonight being Halloween, someone really needed to be home to hand out the treats and before that, take the kids to do their trick or treating.
One of our neighbours had a carved pumpkin out the front so it was easy to see that they were joining in. But when we knocked on their door there was no answer. How strange. But as we turned the corner of our street, there was the mother and her sons doing their own trick or treating. With her husband working late each night, he wasn’t home in time to take the kids out, nor was he home to man the door.
I expect there are plenty of homes, both here and abroad where there are families in the same boat; either mum or dad is working late or working night shift, or there are single parents taking their own kids out and no one home to give out their treats.
Our street is a circuit, and for us, doing one lap of it was enough for the boys. Although some kids would be happy to find more treats, they were grateful that they had about a dozen chocolates and lollies in their bags. And as we rounded back to our house with the dozen or so kids we were with, I invited everyone to follow me up our driveway to our front door to get a chocolate from us.
Since then we’ve had a few more trick or treaters knock on the door, but I know that earlier, once I had left the view of our house there were other kids knocking on our door that had missed out on our treats once my wife headed out for the information night.
So, what’s your game plan on Halloween night? Who stays home to give out the treats and who walks the streets with the kids?