Halloween is always interesting to explain to children. Especially once there’s the peer pressure from school to go trick or treating.
In the past N has had some kind of costume to go to nursery in. Although he’s not really into dressing up so it had mostly just been a pumpkin t shirt or Dracula cape. And the last few years we have carved or decorated pumpkins. But that’s mainly for the excitement of picking our own, or getting creative. And as with this year, by the time Halloween came round, the pumpkin had gone mouldy in our kitchen window…thanks to the warmth from the Aga.
In the past we’ve also got together with NCT friends around Halloween. It’s a good excuse to get together and celebrate without the need for trick or treating.
But N doesn’t go trick or treating. We’re lucky because no-one comes out to us given we’re on a farm outside the village. I’m sure there are plenty of children who do go round the village.
This year he hadn’t mentioned trick or treating at all. Until it got to the evening when I arrived home to find him at the farm, and he told me he wanted to go and trick or treat his cousin.
‘No trick or treating. I don’t believe in it’
‘But it is real, mummy’
‘Yes, but it’s not always nice for people, so I don’t agree with it. And you don’t have a costume’
‘I don’t need a costume’
‘Well, then it’s definitely begging and not even providing entertainment for people you’re trick or treating. No’.
Next thing, his cousin comes bounding through the door to trick or treat. In a hat, but no other costume.
‘Where’s your outfit?’
‘I’ve got a hat’.
So they both ended up with a packet of sweets even though they didn’t really do trick or treating.
I know it’s going to be harder as N gets older and wants to go out with his friends. But I really don’t like the whole trick or treating thing.
For starters I don’t like him having sweets (and neither does the dentist). Then there’s the fact that it’s actually quite scary for a lot of people having dressed up people turning up at the door threatening a trick even if it doesn’t happen. We used to really hate it as kids when people turned up – admittedly in those days, not many and usually teens with rubbish costumes. And while many say they’ll only go to prearranged houses or those with pumpkins lit up, there are lots of reports in our town of doors being egged, despite them having no pumpkins or decorations. Even to those who’ve put notes out saying please don’t disturb.
I hope those who do go trick or treating enjoyed it, but it’s an activity that I’ll be holding back on as long as possible.
Do you take your children trick or treating, or do you avoid Halloween?
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