I even remember going into houses that were set up like haunted houses. Yes it was safer back then. There's always the guy up the street that decorates his yard like a graveyard. Or someone is jumping out of the bushes to scare the kids. All of this is done in good faith.
The Great Pumpkin. I can remember watching that cartoons with all of my siblings. Such great memories.
Now having said that obviously I like Halloween.
As a parent, I worry for the following reasons:
- It was a lot safer back when I was smaller. Or we just didn't know it wasn't. I mean I even walked into stranger's house. Did my parents realize the danger that put me in back then?
- I worry about my kids eating their treats before they get home. What if someone put something in them? We are being warned every year to check the candy for needles and razor blades, drugs, arsenic or strychnine. Don't eat it if there is a hole in the wrapping. So I take juice and treats with me that I know are safe. But what if I don't see them sneaking.
- Hospitals are seeing a lot of bad things on Halloween to simply feel the thrill of Halloween. Devil worshipping kind of activities such as self-mutilation.
- This is the biggest one of all.. The thing that scares me the most. I am there with my kids. Ken takes one child. I take the other one. We might be walking together. But our eyes never leave the child that we are taking. You see, it's normal for kids to be screaming because of scary things they see. I can't believe that kids aren't kidnapped that night more than any other night. What's one more scream?
This is simply thoughts. Anyone have others?