It can’t just be me who thinks sending little ones off for Trick or Treating on a dark late October evening is utterly crazy? Surely not? I loathe seeing freezing little tiddlers being carted around in bizarre costumes by their irresponsible parents begging for sweets. Even worse are the ones on their own walking round in little packs, I shudder to think of what could happen if they knocked on the wrong door.
We will be thoroughly embracing the fun-factor of Halloween, but definitely not the spooky business of Trick or Treating.
Since when did we agree that bribery of the sinister kind was ok? I say sinister in loose terms. What I really mean is allowing the littles to dictate to an adult what they want, and if they don’t get their own way immediately (sweets!) things will get ugly very quickly (eggs :-O ). I don’t know about you, but I work hard to show that kindness is always the right way forwards, and being polite goes a long way. Surely this is a step in the wrong direction?
Is it ever ok to deliberately scare the sh*t out of someone? Ok, ok, I admit that a spooktastic game of hide and seek played amongst friends and family can be a laugh. But there’s a line, and this is it. Why anyone would think that knocking on random people’s doors dressed up as some hideous creature of the night and yelling ‘raaaaaa!!!!!’ into their faces is a good idea, I will never know. And don’t get me started on all that clowning around malarkey that’s been getting out of hand recently!
All tucked up in bed, happily dreaming after a lovely story. That’s where I want my 4 year old to be. Not traipsing around in the freezing cold, like a lunatic high on sugar searching for their next big hit.
Not the ones of the bandaged-up variety, but the actual mummies themselves! I have lost count of how many times I have seen a big person race to our door, knock and then dart away. On opening, low and behold, another shivery tiny being shoved forwards by a scantily clad vamped up mummy, who clearly isn’t after sweets of the edible kind!
Now this disturbs me most of all. Parents are well versed in stranger danger way before their little bundles arrive. Scarily, the news is filled with frightening tales of all sorts that would make your hair stand on end. So… someone tell me why on one night a year, some parents send their little ones out, unprotected to seek out these strangers… and then ask them for sweets?
*UPDATE OCTOBER 2017: We welcome young (adult-supervised) trick or treaters from our own neighbourhood… I’m not that much of a bar-humbug. But I certainly won’t be allowing mine to join in with going out trick or treating, unless it is a pre organised event between friends.
Will you be Trick or Treating?