I sure remember loving Halloween when I was a kid. I loved figuring out my costume and carving a scary pumpkin.I had no clue of the roots of this holiday, and I bet that’s the case for most kids today. Of course I loved being able to run around the neighborhood with friends, stopping at every house to add to a growing bag of candy. It was rare for a house to be dark – as in no one was home – so we would not ring the front door bell, and yell “trick or treat!” there.
In the past, I have been that person who answers the door and puts a hand full of good candy into childrens’ bags. But now, I don’t get many trick-or-treaters where I live, but even if I am home, I confess I don’t answer the door. Am I a bah humbug of Halloween? I suppose you could say that.
Contrary to the stereotype that the childfree just don’t like kids, it’s not because I don’t want to see kids, or see them dressed up in costumes. I do – I especially appreciate seeing a creative costume and giving kudos to the kids who came up with them.
What I have a tough time condoning is participating in kids getting gobs of candy. According to a TIME article, published a few years ago, “Now that’s Creepy: Americans Will Blow 7 Billion On Halloween” the National Retail Federation indicates that of the almost 7 billion dollars that will be spent for Halloween, 2 billion of it will be on candy. Do you think that number has risen since that article published? I would bet yes.
Recently, there was a bit of ink about how kids are starting to agree that they eat too much candy around this holiday. What would they like instead? A gift – like a video game. So they want Halloween to become more of a gift giving holiday? Sounds like wanting Christmas #2 – or a “Creepy Christmas” to me! I won’t be in on that either.
To the childfree out there, how do you do Halloween when it comes to the trick-or-treaters and why?
Updated from 2016 original post