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Trick or Treat – Fun or Fear?

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posted October 31st 2018

Nicola

Nicola

I began my content writing business, My Words Work For You, in 2013. I write for a varied list of clients but The Grandparents Hub is one of my favourites. I am an active ‘guide parent’ to Matilda, aged two, a great aunt (I prefers ‘fabulous aunt’) to Beatrice, very nearly four, and a regular babysitter to Peter, Oscar, George and Sophie. The ‘void’ left as my own children became adults has been filled with experiences that I share with you here. The Grandparents Hub is a voice for all of us whose lives are enriched by little ones.

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It’s that time again, Halloween. Does your heart leap with joy at the thought or does it sink in your chest? I am not sure many of us experience excited little flutterings as we open the door to a bunch of 6 foot lads in black T-shirts trotting out a deep and menacing ‘Trick or Treat’. ‘Happy Halloween’ is surely an oxymoron?

I think we have to face facts, Trick or Treat, along with so many other American imports, is not going to go away. Children hear tales from their peers of spending an evening in fancy dress, knocking on doors and being given goodies, sweets, money etc. from kind folk. To them, that is the reality, what a fantastic night, why can’t they do it every night? Of course it will continue.

There is fun to be had, sweet little children, dressed up in super-cute costumes with excited faces as you let them choose from a bowl of sweets. You have been on the internet and carved a pumpkin to be proud of, it’s in your window as a signal that all comers are welcome. OK, truthfully, you are showing off your pumpkin carving skills, we know.

I could offer an alternative reality. People are spending a nerve-wracking night of constant interruptions while children of all ages bang on their door and demand that they are given something, if one fails to comply they will do something nasty that you would struggle to make anyone accountable for. Is that not blackmail?

I’m not going to lie, I have never liked Halloween, there, said it. Over the years I have joined in the spirit (excuse the pun) of the thing, but only as little as I could get away with. We have dressed up and knocked on a neighbours door, with prior arrangement. We have bought sweets and dished them out with smiles on our faces, we have carved some impressive pumpkins and showed them off in our window but deep down, I would choose to wipe Halloween off the calendar and eat the sweets myself. Knock on our door and tell us what you think of Halloween, I’m afraid we are not giving out sweets.

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