My favorite holiday is this Sunday. I love Halloween. I love cute kids dressed up in costumes, I love jack o lanterns, and I love trick or treating.
We got invited to a couple of kid parties this Sunday. I was a little dismayed to see that they were scheduled right during prime trick or treating time. This got me wondering, are people afraid of Halloween? We have already made the holiday incredibly safe in my neighborhood. The town’s center is organized so kids can get candy from the local shops.
Then I was furthered dismayed when I read on one of my neighborhood list serves, a group of moms who were trying to think up “healthy” Halloween treats to give out. They were actually suggesting handing out pencils and stickers.
This is an outrage. When did parents become such a bunch of killjoys?
I decided what is needed is Halloween 101.
- Parties are great. But Halloween is about trick or treating. Throw a party on Evacuation Day.
- Halloween is not about collecting school supplies. It’s about candy. Not erasers, not glue, not pretzels. Jesus. It’s just one day. Live a little.
- Halloween involves a social contract. If you give out pencils, expect to be egged. It’s in the fully enforceable contract. The pencils are the consideration. This is what is known as a “trick” for your lack of a “treat.” And no, Teddy Graham Bears don’t cut it either.
Next Sunday, I will be taking my kids out trick or treating. And if you come to my house, you will get bite sized snickers. That is, if I don’t eat them all first. But to hold you over, here is some pre-Halloween cuteness.