Created from a mixture of traditions, originally meant to frighten away the spirits of the dead, Halloween is now an excuse for people to "let their hair down," (relax and stop acting inhibited) dress up in all kinds of wild costumes,and wander the streets of the city laughing, and acting silly.
The wonderful thing is that not one person will "bat an eyelash." ( look at them strangely) Walk downtown today or tomorrow and you will see some strange and wonderful looking people dressed in anything from vampire costumes to toothpaste boxes. They will look like they are having a wonderful time, and you'll smile because their joy is contagious.
Some people put together strange pieces of clothing from their own cupboards. Others make their own costumes. any fill the aisles of thrift stores like the Salvation Army or Value Village looking for something "just right." Still others spend a large amount of money and go to costume shops. All you need is an imagination.
These days, when people open their doors to greet the kids, they will hand out chocolate bars and packaged goodies instead of candy kisses, homemade popcorn balls, or apples. There have been too many scares for parents to allow their children to accept anything that is not tightly sealed and packaged.
By nine o'clock, things should have almost stopped. Occasionally, a group of 12 year olds wearing nothing but a face mask will come knocking on doors with their hands out for candy. At my house, the rule is no costume, no candy.
For parents who are new at the process of "trick or treating" there are some basic rules.
- Don't knock on doors unless you see at least one or more lit pumpkins.
- Have your children walk and knock on doors in groups as well as carry flashlights. They will be safer
- Kids should wear something bright and reflective. Drivers need to see them
- If a homeowner allows children to choose their own treats, kids should limit themselves to one.
- If you see that pumpkin lights have been put out, the home has run out of candy. Don't knock on the door.
By nine o'clock, the trick or treating should be all over. It's time to go home.
So, if you are reading this and live in North America, carve a pumpkin, put a candle in it and put out on your front porch. Buy some candy, and open the door to trick or treaters.