Are You Halloween-ing?

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?

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21 Responses to Are You Halloween-ing?

  1. TJ Fox says:

    I’m not doing anything this year. I’m so sad about it as I adore Halloween. It was hard enough last year as it was the first year we didn’t do our huge haunted garage. Tacking on not even handing out candy this year and it kind of feels terrible, but we stopped doing the garage because we really didn’t get enough kids through anymore to make it worth it (though there are a lot of kids in the neighborhood, they just won’t come down our cul-de-sac anymore). I just decided it wasn’t worth it this year. I have enough points of risk, I really don’t need to expand on that at all.


  2. The V Pub says:

    In my town, we’re instructed to pre package the candy in goodie bags, then leave the goodie bags on a table in our driveway.


  3. We feel the same, this year just doesn’t feel right for handing out candy.


  4. LA says:

    Our building instituted a no door to door policy. But I made goody bags for the kids under 10, and I bought candy for the rest that I’m leaving on the console table in our lobby


  5. Paula Light says:

    I have a bag of candy in case someone comes by, which is unlikely. I’m not going out to play board games, as I normally would 🎃


  6. scr4pl80 says:

    I feel like you do. All the kids are grown and I have not done any decorating in a long time. I’m still undecided about giving candy should anyone come to the door.


    • janieleeds says:

      I have candy should anyone come to the door. I bought it thinking that IF they came, I’d be prepared. If not, then I have some snacks for the kids and me – treats!
      I still decorate anyway though. Just a few pumpkins etc to keep the house festive.

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  7. Ainsobriety says:

    My kids are teens. I plan to sit outside and have a table with goodie bags. I’m going to dress like a witch. Lol
    If it’s too cold-we have snow-I can always go inside and leave the bags on the table.


  8. My son is college age too, but we will have a table out in our driveway with goodie bags and sit distanced from the table wearing a mask. This way all that needs to be cleaned is the table, and I have plenty of sanitizing wipes to do so. It will be cold tonight though so we may stay in the garage.


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