I always resented her for denying me this one right of childhood passage. All my friends got to go out!
The first time I went out for Halloween, was with friends of the family. I begged my mom to let me go out. I somehow got permission so I slapped together a costume and we went out. While we were going door-to-door we noticed that someone turned their old Victorian house into a haunted house. It was amazing/scary/fun. The owners obviously put a ton of thought and creativity into it.
When I was in Jr. High my friends and I use to have a blast going out and hitting up our neighbors. The next day we would play poker for our unwanted candy.
At the risk of sounding old. Times were simpler when I was a adolescent. We walked through that strangers' haunted house without a second thought. We went door-to-door. I don't think my friend's take their kids out for traditional trick o' treating.
Are we more cautious or are things that bad?
I don't hand out candy anymore. I would only have one or two knocks on the door. (Maybe it was the neighborhood).
I feel like Halloween has been ruined by skanky costumes, racist costumes, and a scary world. It's not fun and innocent anymore.
I wonder if by the time I get around to having children I won't be able to share these memories with my child.
I guess there is always Disney!