Lucky for me, the kids are college-aged so there’s no worries that they want to trick or treat in the neighborhood anymore. More than once during this Covid time I’ve been grateful that my kids are older, especially when it comes to virtual schooling, but that’s for another post.
Anyway, I was talking with a friend who doesn’t have kids at home anymore and she was debating Halloween. It turns out in her neighborhood people are clamoring for the kids to have Halloween and Trick or Treating to the homes even with the virus around. They keep saying that the kids need it to feel normal. And maybe if I had younger kids I would feel that way too (or not), but I have decided that there won’t be a light on my front porch indicating that I’m giving out candy this year. Nope. It’ll be dark because I’m not dealing with masked strangers and the non-social distancing that comes with Trick or Treating.
Sure, I have a few decorations up, but I’m hoping that people will bypass my house and not show up unannounced at the door. I was thinking of putting out a bowl of candy, but then I thought about how I’d deal with the bowl of candy after so many people’s hands had been in it. I wouldn’t want to touch it. And leaving it out unattended may allow some fresh kid to just dump the whole bunch of candy into their bag and leave nothing for the others who come to the house.
So if you want to call me the Grinch of Halloween, I guess I’m it.
What are you doing? How do you feel about it?