Sunday, October 27, 2013


I really like Halloween. When I was growing up my mom never let me go trick o' treating. (I use to think it was based on a religious reason but now I think she just didn't want to take me).  My church didn't offer a alternative like most churches do now and the local mall did not have Halloween night.  

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 costumesracist 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! 

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