Religion & Spirituality0 min ago
Trick or treat?
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I used to keep my little boy in on Halloween for the same reasons. I've taken him the past couple of years though and he loves it. People just don't answer the door or some even put a note up if they don't want to be disturbed.
If you really don't want to though and have access to a car, how about driving to a few friends houses and getting him to knock on their doors? You could warn them in advance and might even get a cup of tea! x
If you are an American, then this is a far more common practice than it is in the UK. UK people have not grown up with this custom, and a lot of people don;t embrace it - they feel uncomfortable with the idea,.
I personally think it's demanding money with menaces, so I don't open the door - i really don't think the harm;ess friendly neighbourhood cosiness of the American version has translated at all well to kids in this country.
Like Chillum I too am Scottish and went guising with my friends when we were young about 40 years ago ~ so hardly a new idea copied from the Americans not in Scotland at any rate! Definately more commercialised now though!
So Iike some other posters have said if your kids want to participate in the fun, then dress them up and go visit some family and friends.
Although it's an American and seemingly Scottish custom, I'm not in favour. Neighboughhood Watch organisations try to encourage people, especially the elderly and those living alone, not to open their doors to unexpected visitors after dark. Youngsters dressed up in masks etc can have an very alarming effect on such individuals. Also, I feel it's moral blackmail to expect your neighbours, who you might not know well anyway, to hand over goodies of some kind. Last year we had about 20 callers during the course of the evening and it drove us crazy.
So long as they get sweets its ok but i disagree with them expecting money, it is just begging. We get lots of kids coming round with hoodies pulled over their faces singing a halloween song and expecting us to pay them! I give those who have made an effort to dress up sweets not money.
I think smaller ones should have an adult with them, who stays out of sight in the background, older ones should be allowed to go to houses that they know on their own.
To conclude, I wouldnt dream of giving out money to Trick or treaters. A couple of years ago I had the same Hoody teenagers thing and we only had sweets on offer, they took the sweets, but next morning I was somewhat mortified when I saw that the little gits had still spray painted my front door!!!
Happy Halloween everyone!