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MANN: Is Halloween still about tricks and treats?

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October 25, 2018 - 12:30 PM


Halloween is creeping up quite quickly.
Doors around town are being adorned with everything ghoulish and tricky, and pretty much everywhere you shop has at least some kind of Halloween-themed something – spiders, witches and creepy clowns (my least favourite for the record).
Halloween was originally a day to honour the dearly departed, but now is dedicated to those little devils we like to call our children and their pursuit of sweets.
It has been a long time since I’ve been a part of the great candy crusade – picking out the best neighbourhood to seek out and find as much candy as my pillow case could possibly fit, while keeping an eye out for those extra-special homes with the best decorations and candy bags.
It’s can be an art form really.
There always seemed to be that one house handing out cans of pop (major score), and then there was always the neighbourhood dentist, concerned for the teeth of the youth, handing out toothbrushes.
I would always try to show my gratitude, but hurry up and move on for more of the good stuff.
And then there was all the exercise – running from house to house, running from something scary, and running for the sake of running.

We were compensating for all the gorging happening later on.

It was all worth it for that final glorious moment, when you unceremoniously dumped all your goodies on the living room floor and dove right in.
I personally would divide my ‘stash’ into the chocolate verses candy piles, and of course, save those gross molasses candies for mom and dad.

I’ve heard some people actually really enjoy them.

But I’m older now, and if I was to run recklessly around the neighbourhood, ringing doorbells and smashing pumpkins, I would probably get arrested.

The good news is, I have two littles to watch and explore with, and I get to do Halloween all over again — hopefully for at least 10 years.

And from what I recall, parents still score a lot of candy through their ‘checking’ processes.

I haven’t forgotten that part.

And I can’t wait to see what their creative little minds come up with as they start to choose their own Halloween costumes.

But it’s been so long, I don’t even know what the status quo is anymore.

Are children still free to roam the streets, or have too many senseless tricks deterred homeowners from opening their doors to even an innocent bumble bee?

Have we decided it is better to corral our kiddos into the climate-controlled hallways of the mall rather than having them running lose in an area of town where a community may or may not be participating?

And are the treats still the same? Are Halloween bags and buckets still filled to the brim with Smarties and Double Bubble, or is there a variety snacks I haven’t discovered yet?

I’m looking forward to my children finding the fun in Halloween, and of course, my cut of the loot.

— Becky is a 30-something, red haired, mother of two, trying to navigate this life as best she can. She enjoys talking to people and discovering their stories. Still trying to balance her personal and professional life, she juggles work and play. In her spare time Becky can be found visiting with friends, spending time with her family and saving time by reading while walking, She knows there is so much more to come and is looking forward to the continued adventure.

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