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Halloween is almost over and I am stuck with several bags of candy. By the looks of many reports from friends in Laredo and all over the U.S., many were left ready to receive trick-or-treaters and got neither.
There were a few, very few, whose neighborhood’s were swamped with kids. Maybe this signals another shift in how we celebrate Halloween – one where activities for kids are held at home parties or pizza places. With the overblown and unnecessary worry of tampering with candy and sex offender abductions (both extremely rare), activities have moved indoors. I guess that’s a good thing for the real threat on Halloween – accidents, especially in traffic.
I could be wrong but… our culture is always changing.
As I watch the History Channel’s history of Halloween, the 30’s were a juvenile delinquent’s dream. There has been an intentional mellowing of rowdy mischievous traditions. Just the saying “Trick or Treat” is less than 80 years old, in part it arose from trying to buy off kids so the resident wouldn’t be vandalized or “tricked”. We continue to evolve – maybe even restore sanity!
Sorry, couldn’t help myself 🙂