October. Harvest Month. Fall. Leaves on the ground. Children excited to pick out their Halloween Costumes.
My son is too old for Trick or Treating now. When he was little it was fun to help him pick out his Halloween costume and feel the anticipation growing as the days moved closer to Halloween.
The area that we lived in had one neighborhood that was the best place to go Trick or Treating. Almost all the houses were decorated and the parents would dress up and hand out candy. Good candy too! Full size candy bars, not the little ones that come in bags.
My son, his father and I would walk block after block for a couple of hours until my son was too tired to continue. It was fun to see all the houses decorated with cobwebs, witches, spooks and goblins. It felt like you were at a carnival and you saw neighbors you knew and stopped to say hello and compare how the kids have grown.
At the end of the evening we would come home and my son would empty his bag on the table. We would look through all the candy he received, pawing through it he would separate out two piles – the ones he really liked and the ones he did not want.
The candy he liked would be put in a bowl and put away to be doled out one each day. The candy he did not like I would take to work or he took to school to be donated to kids in a hospital that could not go out for Halloween.
Where I live now we do not have young families, no Trick Or Treaters. It makes me a little sad. The good thing is I do not have to buy candy nor have any in my house because there is always that slight chance I might eat it.
Have a Happy October:)