Don’t let Halloween get hijacked by Bah-Humbugs
I am not sure what is in the air on Halloween, but whatever it is it can range from peculiar to outright violent. When you go through your neighborhood you may notice how ignorant, intolerant, tense and intense some folks can be. No worries, I have not subscribed to the dark force – this post is there for you to smile and ponder how we can all do better next time.
Let me see if this sounds familiar to you at all:
- Nobody home. Well, a whole bunch of folks were home but chose to not hand out candy. Even if scrooge is home, at least make sure that all lights are off downstairs. The children do appreciate it because they can see right away that no one is home.
- Candy tourism. Folks appear to travel from other villages and perhaps even the local town to roll in and trick and treat. No biggie, but using your van or SUV to drive from one house to another, is that really necessary?
- Indy 500. Why does it seem like car drivers speed up through neighborhoods with trick a treaters are out. What may the rush be?
- Teenage dream. When you are taller and bigger than the people who hand you the candy, should this not be a sign that perhaps you ought to leave the candy to the children who take dressing up for the occasion much more serious than you?
- Walk? What do we need legs and feet for anyway? Let’s take the lawn tractor or perhaps the John Deere Gator to drive the kids around. This one is actually ranking pretty high on the creativity scale when kicked up with a straw bale placed in the trailer or cargo bed area. You can get a late fall “hayride” in while you collect candy.
- Adult sippy cups. Not really. Did you happen to notice the adult beverages hidden away in koozies parked on the strollers? Chalk this one also up for top creativity.
- Parking wars. Some streets are so tight that visiting your friend’s neighborhood may just turn into the shouting match. Good grief. It is only one night per year when this actually can become an issue. Take a deep breath and do not engage irate people. I refuse to fight a battle of wits with unarmed people – so can you. Park safely.
- Smart phone can be dumb sometimes. That is particularly true when people check it while trick a treating and thus bump into children and their event chaperones.
Can we all please make the effort to get along better this time? Trick or treat safely next week.