Halloween is just around the corner so we need to get the candy ready. We also need to keep a watchful eye out for the little ghosts, goblins, witches and all of the other characters that will be running around. We have to watch out for them because they are excited about trick-or-treating and will forget to watch out for us.
Kids have always loved Halloween. I can remember growing up in the 1950s and going trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. Like today, we dressed up in whatever character costume was popular and had a good time.
We would go home, empty our sacks and take stock of the candy. You would have thought we had never even seen a candy bar. My mother did limit our candy intake during our growing up years. We could have candy, but not a whole sack of it. Halloween was like a candy Christmas.
I have never minded welcoming trick-or-treaters and giving out candy. We keep the porch light on so they can know we are participating.
I am not one to decorate for Halloween. I barely can get my Christmas tree decorated and the twinkling lights up and going. I certainly do not want to add another task to my list of chores.
We don't have as many kids come by trick-or-treating as we once did. Many churches have trunk-or-treats or gatherings for the children or other activities. I think it is great and it is a lot safer to have the children all in one place. I still enjoy seeing the little ones come around all dressed up.
Some people do not like to participate in giving out candy and that is okay. Parents should explain to their children not everyone can afford to give out candy. Many people who are on a fixed income may not be able to purchase candy. Children should be taught so they can understand. They should also be taught to be courteous and respect other people's property.
Costumes range from the cute to the hideous. Some of the costumes are even scary in the daylight.
I have never been very creative, but when my children were growing up and attending Halloween dress-up parties I could do a pretty good gypsy, pirate or hobo. I have sacrificed many good sheets for the cause. I can remember taking a brown pillow case, cutting out the neck and arms, fringing the bottom material to make an Indian costume for my daughter. That was many moons ago. Thankfully she grew up more creative than her mother and she always created wonderful costumes for her three daughters.
It is a shame we live in a world where we have to be suspicious of even the candy given to the children.
My Grandma Chipman would spend hours making homemade popcorn balls to give out on Halloween. Everyone loved her individually wrapped, popcorn balls. We would try to go there first before she ran out. Today, that probably wouldn't work out well at all.
In many areas it is not safe for children or adults to be out at night and the tradition of trick-or-treating has gone by the way. This makes me appreciate our towns across Buffalo Island. We may not be perfect, but for the most part we can still go out with our children and feel relatively safe.
Again, let's keep safety first. Children should be accompanied by an adult, they should be able to see out of their costumes, wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight, and have a good time being a kid.
Halloween makes me realize how fast the year has gone by. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner and then we will go into another New Year.