Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween..

So I have been thinking about Halloween as today is the day of sending our children out on the street to do everything that we normally tell them not to do....

Oh I know most of us take our kids around to do their trick-or-treating, but what are we telling them...

"Ok just for today its ok to go to a strange house and knock on the door"

But lets not stop there.

"It is also ok to do what I tell you everyday NOT to do...its Ok to talk to strangers"

Then to top it all off we go one step further...

"Go ahead and ask that complete stranger that you just knocked on their door and talked to for some candy"

I know, I know its a tradition....you go door to door and get treats from the neighbors.

There was a time when everyone on the block knew each other so you would see kids that you saw everyday and those kids would not go to "scary ol' Mr Jones'" house on the hill because that was the only neighbor that no one really knew because he kept to himself.

But all that has changed now. Now there are times that we never get to know your next door neighbor, let alone the whole block. How about years ago when my cousins neighbor ended up killing his wife after we had spent years trick-or-treating at their house. Or about the neighborhood friend I had that still lives up the street who broke into my house and sprayed me with pepper spray.

Really....

3 Comments:

Blogger JD's Rose said...

You do make a valid point...

8:35 PM  
Blogger bryan torre said...

i think the fact that it's a special day is enough for the kids to make a distinction. hope so, at least.

1:33 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I have become amazed that Halloween has developed into a major “holiday” over the past 30 or so years. I am also amazed how few kids rang my door bell on Halloween and how much candy I must now dispose of.

12:08 PM  

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