There’s nothing frightful or frightening about this photo of my kids dressed up for Halloween a few years ago. I’m sure they all thought they looked really big and scary, but really they just look cute.
We like Halloween in our family. We see it as harmless fun. There’s always a good atmosphere in our village when we go trick or treating. The mums and kids are all out, bumping into each other for a chat, while the dads stay at home and dish out sweets to the kids’ friends who call round.
The key thing is we all go. I take the kids and we only go to people we know so no-one gets upset. Some friends work on the ‘only go to houses with a pumpkin’ principle, which is fine too.
And who would get upset at the sight of some cute kids dressed up in costumes which aren’t even slightly scary? Not my elderly neighbours, that’s for sure. One couple in our road love us to go round. We have the longest conversation we have with them all year and they marvel at how the kids have grown. They bag up a selection of kids especially for my kids and put their names on them.
I dress up myself too. I bought myself a witch dress a couple of years ago because I figured I might as well make the most of enjoying myself with the kids while they still want me too, before I become embarassing.
I get tired of hearing the old ‘it’s getting like America’ thing. Didn’t you trick or treat when you were kids? We did. Me and my brother wearing masks and going to three or four people we knew. Really no different from what my kids do now.
The only difference I can see is that when Halloween was less acceptable, less normal, that’s when it was truly scary, when old people did fear crime and crime really did happen. People saw it as an excuse to behave badly.
Now Halloween isn’t frightful at all. It’s not ‘trick or treat’, it’s pop round for a chat, show the neighbours our cute costumes and get a few sweets.
What’s so bad about that?