I didn’t grow up celebrating Halloween, and I fully admit it: I didn’t get it. Why would you take your kids out after dark to strangers’ homes to get candy? I could not fathom why people would do this. I guess it was something I had to experience to appreciate because I definitely get it now. I enthusiastically wrapped up in a blanket to sit outside my apartment building with a giant bowl of candy yesterday evening to watch my neighborhood come alive.
It isn’t about candy or costumes. It’s about community. A Canadian mom offers 7 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Trick or Treat in Your Neighborhood. For one:
“For parents of young children walking around the neighbourhood with their little trick-or-treaters, it’s a chance to meet other parents doing the same thing. It’s another chance to talk to your neighbours, share a laugh and help to turn a bunch of people who live in the same geographic location into a community.”
This year, we did it all. We went to a library Halloween program, the local mall-o-treating event (pictured above), and up and down our block with the neighborhood kids. I’m already excited to do it again next year.