It’s almost Hallowe’en again and I’ve been looking longingly at the last of the three pumpkins I grew this year as I want to turn it into a lantern. Don’t worry, I won’t be wasting the inside of the pumpkin. I plan to fish out my neighbour’s fantastic recipe for pumpkin brownies which she gave me a couple of years ago and make some. Although this could be a dangerous idea as I’m also trying to watch my weight…
Soon there will be kids knocking at the door demanding sweets with menaces. DJ is terrified of children at the best of times so, if caught alone during Hallowe’en at home, he turns all the lights off and hides in the only upstairs room that doesn’t face the front – my office – with the telly on. Mind you, last year he got his own back on me for all the times I’ve have gone out on Hallowe’en by leaving me on my own instead!
Maybe I’m just being a killjoy, but while I’m all for people dressing up and having fun on Hallowe’en – I used to dress up as a witch myself when I was little (and I still behave like one a lot of the time now, if DJ is to be believed) – I’m not sure about this trick or treating business we seem to have imported over here in recent years from Ireland and America. I don’t think it’s particularly safe for children to go knocking on strangers’ doors in the dark – unless, I suppose, the kids are accompanied by their parents – and I’m not sure it’s really fair on the neighbours, either. Why should people be bullied into giving children they don’t know sweets simply to deter them from creating a mess with eggs and flour that they will inevitably have to clean up? And what does it teach the children involved? That by bullying somebody they will get what they want? A friend of mine used to fox them by buying oranges to give them instead of sweets…We saw some disappointed faces that year.
Do you think trick or treating is unfair or just plain good Hallowe’en fun? Leave a comment and let me know. Have a great weekend, Piper xxx
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