Since moving to one of the most traveled and central city streets in town, Halloween has become quite an annual event for us.
Having lived in the country for many, many years, we grew accustomed to not making much of a to-do in regards to the occasion.
Instead, we opted to take our kids to a local Halloween carnival where they could gather all the sweet treats they would need to hold them over for a week or two. It was a win-win for us, as the children had some fun & we saved time, energy and a ton of money on candy and costumes!
However, since moving to our home, we can no longer take the easy-street approach to this busy night. For every Halloween evening, at least a hundred or two goblins, ghosts, super heros, and princesses knock on our door expecting that coveted, sugar-laden token of neighborly cheer.
Let me tell you, it takes about a ton of sweets to last throughout the evening. A couple of years ago, we ran out of store-bought candy, even after adding my kids’ candy stash to the candy bowl. So, I foraged through the cupboards to find anything that would suffice. Much to their surprise I’m sure, the last of our trick-or-treaters received cheese sticks and packets of cocoa!
Andy, the kids, and I usually take turns answering the door and handing out the treats. And I must say, it has become very enjoyable to see the variety of masks and costumes, and a delight to see all the children, from the young to the teens, display impeccable manners as they kindly say “trick-or-treat”, and return a polite “thank you” before leaving our doorstep.
While I can’t say I fully embrace the celebration nor the spirit of Halloween, I do believe that, even then, extending a gesture of kindness and a warm greeting to those who come to my door is always appropriate.
These days, any opportunity where we can share the joys and laughter of life with our fellow-man & be reminded that there are still kind people around us is a great thing.
So again this year, I will spend a small fortune on candy, we will greet each one of the children who knock on our door with a smile, and yes even the “big kids”, and we will do our best to spread a little autumn cheer.