Halloween is different now than when I was a kid, but some parts are still the same. We had costumes and went trick-or-treating with our friends but many other things have changed. When I was growing up we had one, maybe two Halloween events. The first was wearing your costume to school. The second was going trick-or-treating and maybe going to a haunted house or two. That was it.
Now Halloween events span the last two weeks of October with multiple events sometimes on the same day. It is exhausting. Now every group does a Trunk-or-treat. Literally every school or group does one. Most churches do one as well. Are your kids in a sport, theater or scouts…yep, they are probably doing one too. Then don’t forget the mall… Yep, you trick or treat there too. Oh and if you live in a small city like we do there is probably a community one put on by the local government and businesses as well. In our case, we are members of two special needs groups for the kids. Yep, they both do Halloween events… Although, I have to admit… The special needs trick-or-treat in the small court is actually pretty cool. The local police, firefighters, a classic car club, the Jelly Belly Factory and other community groups come out as well as the residents to make a nice, safe event for the kids. I am candied out by the time Halloween night actually arrives. We only go to a few of our neighbors homes and the grandparents homes to trick-or-treat pretty much just so they can see the kids in costume.
I know a lot of groups have put together the smaller trunk-or-treats and parties so the kids can have a safe time in an age where people are making fentanyl look like Halloween candy. I get it. I’m a Mom, and I can’t imagine how twisted people are to drug or poison kids… Well, I can’t fathom harming them in any way. Kids should be able to play worry free. The world will become a real and frightful place soon enough. So for now, I will dress my kids up ten times if I have to and go to ten different Halloween events to make sure they can enjoy the holiday…Evn if it has changes so much since I was a kid.