Blogfighter Renee: A timely post if nothing else, done by us, your concerned citizen Blogfighters. There is a definite slant to this editorial post. It’s easy to tell what side we’re taking with this, but as in any arguement, there is another side and we recognize this, and respect this and invite you to join in the discussion. You’ll find this a friendly place. While this might not be happening everywhere, it most certainly is evident here in the Midwest where we are located. Oh my heavens, Blogfight, get to it already…
We are referring to the systematic smoothing of the formerly jagged and edgy Halloween. What was once a nationwide spit-in-the-face of stranger danger! YES! Sugary coated chocolate laden! People I don’t know! Dark! Kids on the loose! Traffic? What? You made it yourself? It’s unwrapped? WHO CARES! OMG Candy!!! free-for-all, is turning into something entirely different. Halloween has become a watery, regulated, shuffled and messed with affair lately. For example, in my own town, Trick-Or-Treat night (or Beggar’s Night as it’s sometimes referred) has never been on the actual evening of Halloween. I’m not sure why, disassociation?
Along those lines, we notice what some might see as fear mongering. The emphasis is Avoiding Danger and sequestering children in the name of safety. More and more churches in particular are inviting their worshipers and families to something called “Trick-Or-Trunk Nights” that are promoted as “A Safe and Fun (and safe) Alternative to (the incredibly dangerous, and not to mention sinful) Trick-Or-Treating (which Jesus hates, by the way, and ps: it will KILL your children) ! Everyone Welcome! These events are held in the church parking lot, and are done tailgate-style where everyone can wander (safely) around collecting candy and socializing with like minded parishoners. Don’t dress as the devil, kids!
Heck, this year with daylight savings pushed back, almost the entire duration of Trick-Or-Treating will be in broad daylight.
Isn’t this getting carried away? Has anyone really had a bad experience with Trick-Or-Treat? Not someone’s Aunt’s neighbor, but YOU. Personally. We’ve heard the rumors out there, the urban legends of razors in apples, and LSD laced Snickers, but none of that appears to have actually happened to the best of what we can find out.
We are prepared to stand corrected, slap helmets on our current and future children if they happen along, and brick everyone indoors forever – just let us know what you think. Is this holiday a throwaway, and doomed to disappear in the near future? Aren’t you sad about what seems to be happening? Or, is it bittersweet and overall, positive?
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Oh, and for what it’s worth, happy Halloween from Blogfight.