should HALLOWEEN morph into something entirely different?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

it seems there are a lot of dire warnings for something that is supposed to be a FUN time!
--- ie -- never enter into some ones' home.
-- make sure costumes are safe - not too long - or mask obscuring sight.
--- never eat anything you get until your parents check it out. Even then bad things have happened - inserted chemicals into caramilk bars, tacks or pins put into other chocolate articles.
---- don't hand out peanuts or chocolate because of allergies. don't take home made anything.
---- the usual 'make sure an adult is with you or travel in groups' ' watch crossing roads ' - drivers need to be sure to take extra care.
-- stick to homes and neighborhoods you know only.
-- the vandalism that seems to accompany this particular holiday -
-- cruelty to animals especially black cats -

so - my opinion is that instead of the usual door to door - to have a gathering in the church hall, library, school gym or what ever - still have the kids dress up, still hand out the same treats to all the kids - which make it much easier and uniform for every one , bobbing for apples - music etc.
a community party of sorts.

i love the little ones - but i think too many go beyond their time - teens could be monitoring the smaller ones - and there could be something for the older ones not to get bored.

i just don't think halloween from the past is right for the NOW halloween.
many of our schools have 'banned' costumes from being warn to school - so i think we can already acknowledge that things are changing.

i am all for every person enjoying - not being scared!!!!
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    Yes, it's not what it used to be as far as safety goes. I'm all for community centers and I think something at the work place is a great idea! I don't get involved with churches - especially at Halloween - because some (not all) people tend to get too judgmental (God forbid someone wear a witch hat).

    1995 days ago
    It is a shame that our world has changed and come to this, but I have to agree.
    1996 days ago
    I COMPLETELY agree with the church, center, etc and the gathering of kids and treats and parents and such. don't like the door-to-door anymore.
    1997 days ago
    Although I don't celebrate Halloween anymore - I don't believe what it stands for . . . never the less, I used to hand out candy because I knew the little ones looked forward to it. Nowadays, I don't take the chance opening the door up to anybody who rings my bell. I'm afraid especially on this night, when you've got older kids and worse . . . just out looking for trouble. So I turn my porch lights out, and retreat to the back room. It's just the way it is nowadays. If I had children I wouldn't feel safe sending them out either. Most churches have an "alternative" Night of Lights, or Fall Festival Evening so everyone can get in on the fun.
    1997 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/31/2013 11:58:23 AM
    We have the employees kids and grandkids come into our work and the employees decorate and hand out candy. At least we know everything is safe here and today it gets them out of the rain that we are having.
    1997 days ago
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