Halloween

Nov. 3rd, 2012 07:35 pm
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Halloween is one of the holidays with a set date. October 31. The day of the week it falls on changes, but the actual holiday? No, it's set. October 31. I don't understand why some counties believe it is a good idea to move the holiday because . . . it's more convenient (for whom?), because the 31st is a Sunday that year, or for some other reason (extreme weather notwithstanding, such as with those who were in the path of Hurricane Sandy, or other natural disasters, and trick-or-treating and going to parties simply isn't safe).

Still, moving it so kids can still have fun only works if plenty of people know about it -- otherwise it's further unsafe to take a bunch of kids, in costume, door-to-door when people are not expecting it (and also, are unlikely to have candy on hand, leaving kids disappointed). Have a post-Halloween costume party in a community center instead, and make sure you have fun stuff for kids of all ages.

We decorated and got candy ready for kids this year, and no one showed up. Did we simply miss the night because someone moved Halloween? I have no idea. I remember trick-or-treating as a kid, pretty much no matter what.

I understand moving a holiday among your family and/or friends, if you're not going to be able to celebrate together otherwise, or if planes get delayed or cancelled, but that is a personal decision. It's not telling the entire county you live in, "Hey! Christmas is going to be December 18th and New Year's is going to be January 8, because {insert arbitrary reason of your choice here}.

Where and when did this relocation of Halloween get started?


Another thing that bothers me about Halloween is how lazy some kids (and parents) have apparently gotten in regards to the actual act of trick-or-treating.

One friend called to tell me that hardly any trick-or-treaters showed up at their door (despite the fact that there were quite a large number of kids visible in the neighborhood) because they didn't want to walk up their steps! Several other friends posted online regarding parents driving their kids door-to-door in cars and minivans. Now, I understand if you live in a remote area, and you need to drive your kids to a big neighborhood so they can enjoy the evening, but 20' (or less) from house to house? You're wasting gas and they're losing an opportunity to walk around! I grew up in a neighborhood with VERY steep hills . . . but that didn't stop us from walking all the way to the top and back down again!

If you're worried about letting your kids (especially the younger ones who really shouldn't be out without supervision in any case) out of your sight, walk with them! If you can't, find out if a neighbor or babysitter can take them out instead. The only exceptions I see to this are if it's too cold or rainy to be walking around, but your kids still want to go, or if you have a child who, for any reason, is not mobile on their own and must go by car in order to trick-or-treat with their friends and/or siblings.

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