As admitted yesterday in my exceptionally classy post Porn For Parents?, I have had an ass full of Halloween crap over the past few weeks as a result of my more aggressive approach to social media.
In addition to all of the crafts and activities, an issue that has been discussed at length amongst my favorite blogs is the tradition of Trick or Treating and how the institution for some people, is, and has been for quite some time, evolving into something entirely different from when we were kids.
For example, some parents who feel safety in their neighborhood is an issue, are choosing to Trunk or Treat. An activity similar to tailgating at a football game, families drive their decorated cars to an empty parking lot usually donated by the community or a church, and kids travel from trunk to trunk filling their bags with candy.
For others, it’s the candy that they take issue with and for them, they chose to broker a deal with their children. Cash for candy is one of the more popular options for those parents who want to minimize the calorie intake and the potential for cavities.
Reading about all of this made me think back on my childhood and what I remember of our Halloween traditions. Like most of the authors of these blogs, I began to reminisce and frankly, long for that simpler time. A time where we could roam the streets in the dark begging for candy without any real fear or interference from our parents. A time where once our pillowcase or plastic pumpkin runneth over, we would return home for the obligatory razor blade check and promptly gorge on candy until we slipped into a Snickers induced coma. Because that’s what Halloween is all about. Right?
So the question for today is: How does Halloween for your kids compare to your childhood Halloweens? Do you fight to keep the tradition of Trick or Treating alive, or are you the type of parent who is saying ‘no’ to your kids wandering the neighborhood in search of candy and essentially redefining what Halloween is all about?