Friday, October 30, 2015

This Is Halloween

Someone's a Halloween grinch.
It’s as inevitable as crisp weather and fall leaves. Every year, worry warts, control freaks and all-around grumps go into overdrive about Halloween. 

Why? Halloween is a nice and perfectly simple holiday.

Last year, this report surfaced: a woman in North Dakota was going to give children she judged to be overweight a letter telling them so, rather than a piece of candy, when they came to her door.

And this New York Times reporter described how he was going to give kids an economics lesson, pointing out to them that it was better for them to take the money he was offering them ($2 bills) rather than the candy. (He’s clearly a rookie at Halloween, saying that he was going to let kids “dig” in the candy bowl and see which they picked. Kids are not stupid: allow them unfettered access to the bowl and they will take it all. How’s that for logical economic behavior?)

This reporter’s miffed when kids don’t say “Trick or treat,” and even found a woman who insists that the kids sing before she gives them any candy.

Others complain, rather than feel grateful for what they’ve got, when kids, usually poor kids, travel to their wealthier neighborhoods to trick or treat.

And lots get angry or scared when teenagers trick or treat, with some towns actually having laws on the books with age limits on trick or treaters.

Oh, and those people complaining about “too much candy”? I don’t even get the premise of your complaint. What’s this “too much candy” of which you speak?

People, this is simple.

Give out candy or toys or something fun -- not apples, toothbrushes, pennies or anti-abortion literature (really) – to everyone you come across. 

Hey, maybe have a piece yourself and sweeten up a little.

For your listening pleasure. This song has been in my head for at least the last two weeks:

(The link for this.)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! Who knew Halloween had so many people interested in editorializing rather than the fun it brings to those who love the "pageantry". Given that I live in Halloween USA courtesy of Washington Irving's Legend, certain parts of town are inundated with trick or treaters visiting for the occasion. When kids come to our door- I give them candy- 1 piece, 10 pieces, go crazy kids. My goal on Halloween is not to judge, but to enjoy the festivities of kids dressed in all manner of outfits (many with their patient parents hovering in the background) who troop through our neighborhood. Usually the weather provides an interesting backdrop whether it's windy, balmy or unusually cold. All part of the magic of Halloween. Thank goodness for the one night of the year I welcome the costumed stranger at my door!