Halloween is Monday so we should make sure we have our supply of candy on hand for the little ones who come around all dressed up in their favorite characters yelling trick or treat.
I don't get too excited about Halloween but I don't mind giving out candy to the children if I am at home.
Manila and Caraway announced an allotted time for trick or treating from 5-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. It is a school night and children really don't need to be out any later and by that time we older folks are ready to close up shop.
Halloween has been around for a long time and I am not so old that I can't remember how much I enjoyed it as a child. I think we should make it fun and safe for the children.
Safety has to come first. It is good to have the children carry a flashlight or wear reflective costumes.
Even though it is not my favorite thing, it is a shame that so many areas, especially in the larger cities, are not safe for our children, even accompanied by adults, to be out and about after the sun goes down.
If you have to be out driving, please watch out for the little ones. They are excited and may not be watching out for us. It is probably a good idea to stay home if you can. I don't think we have as many trick-or-treaters as we used to. Many churches and individuals have gatherings for the young people.
Sometimes I think it would be nice to go back to the more simple times. I can remember my grandmother working all day on Halloween making homemade popcorn balls. She could afford to buy candy but she really enjoyed making something special for the children. She always told of moving from the country to her home on Manila Main Street on Halloween day in the early 1950's. She hated it when the trick or treating started and she did not have any candy bought. She lived in the same hosue for over 50 years and never let that happen again.
We should also remind our children who are trick or treating to only go where the lights are on, be careful of other people's landscaping and to be respectful at all times to other people and their property.
As a rule our small towns are safe but it is still a good idea to accompany the little ones.
I like the cute costumes. I am not into the "scary things" I don't like scary movies, haunted houses or things that jump out at me.
If I am going to watch a movie or read a book, I want a happy ending. I do not want to be frightened. I find no enjoyment in being scared.
There must be a lot of people who do enjoy being frightened because the scary movies are popular and stay around a long time and haunted houses draw big crowds. That is okay. To each his/her own. But for me, I would rather watch a good comedy or even a love story as long as it has a happy ending and does not keep me awake at night.
Have the candy ready, the little ghosts and goblins will be out on Monday evening.