It’s a week away from Halloween and the temps are starting to drop. Fall weather has finally joined us at the Jersey Shore. Living in Toms River, it is one of the few places that we trick or on October 30th, yes the day before Halloween. The idea was established so the town could all enjoy the Halloween Parade on the 31st as a family. I have some great memories of lining up on Main St. early to have a good view with a zip loc bag of sugar filled treats.
When I was a kid (oh my sounding older then my 49 years), we were excited to go out and fill up a pillow case of goodies. Stopping home to unload your treats, fuel up and go back out for round 2 or 3! Times they are a changing, society is changing, there is a lot more “Trunk or Treats” for children’s safety and what seems like convenience. There is something to be said about going out and walking for hours for candy you don’t even like just to say you got more then your friends. It is a simple way that children have fun and learn their perseverance pays off.
Over the years, there have been less trick or treaters and definitely more cars driving the kids around to get their treats. Everyone is in a rush, missing out on the simple fun and dare I say exercise. Our kiddos are grown but we are excited to stroll with our grandson and see his reaction to the costumes and treats. He is too young to walk and eat the goodies but his mommy has his costume or costumes ready to go!
So don’t be ghoulish, turn on your front light, welcome the little goblins and have fun in seeing the joy in the kids eyes. I’m thinking of a sign to have for parents who are walking the endless hours and might need a refill in their cup!