As someone who has grown up never celebrating Halloween, I struggle at this time of year to see what the point of it all is.
Children parading around knocking on doors begging for sweets, when at other times of the year they’re told not to talk to strangers.
On this day, though, they’re actively encouraged to go out and approach strangers houses. Then if they’re refused sweets, it’s the norm to pull a silly prank.
Egging Mrs Bloggs’ house as she didn’t answer her door? Tying string from one house door to another? All okay to do, apparently if it’s Halloween.
So what if Mrs Bloggs is elderly and didn’t want to open her door as she lives alone and feels vulnerable at all the people roaming the street dressed up and demanding sweets with menaces?
Doesn’t stop them, does it?!
I don’t see the point in celebrating death and evil, either. Surely there are much ‘nicer’ things to celebrate?!
I have two young children, aged 4 and 8. They’ve never been trick or treating, and I’m reluctant to let them start. Why go out into the cold knocking on strangers doors when we can have a nice cosy night in?
To counter-act the lack of trick or treating, and so that they do have something special and nice to do on Halloween, we do something that we call ‘Spooky Tea.’
We’ll even buy a Halloween tablecloth for the occasion.
Tea last year was monster mash and witches fingers (mashed potatoes made green with all the peas in it! :-) ) and witches fingers were sausages with a slice cut off the end, and a slice of red pepper for the fingernail. The other end was dipped in tomato ketchup so it looked like blood.
Then dessert will be buns that we have baked earlier that day, and decorated with ‘spooky icing’, such as spiders webs.
Marks and Spencer’s do a great range in Halloween sweets and crisps as well.
Who needs trick or treating when you’ve got a scary tea party going instead?!
I only do it for the kids, mind you – if it was up to me we’d be sat in the dark pretending we’re not in when the Trick or Treaters came a’knocking.