KK asked me to house-sit and pass out candy at her house tonight, while she and her family are in Hong Kong/Macau. Whatever I may think of the secular holiday itself (the post I've devoted to horror movies and Halloween remains unfinished as of today), I personally enjoyed handing out candy tonight to the children. That was a bit unexpected -- I thought it would be more of a chore. (I do note that a significant minority of the children did not say, "Thank you.")
There are not many Anglos living here.
Perhaps being too giving to children spoils children.
It is, for children, mostly an innocent diversion. The nastiness of Halloween, associated with the trick part of "trick or treat," may be seen in pranks done during the night, but I do not think it happens very often here. (Though my sister was worried that the house or the car might be egged. But if anyone is going to do that, it will be teenagers, and not children?)
How many other "festive" opportunities does one have to meet one's neighbors? When do families and children who live close to one another celebrate something in common and visit each other?
If the holiday is problematic (and I think it is), nonetheless, its popularity may be due not only to the desire of children for free candy (though perhaps this is all the children think about) --
but for adults who continue to observe this holiday, not out of a sense of duty, but because they enjoy it -- for these reasons?
10 years ago trick-or-treating appeared to be dying out in our part of Cupertino -- but with the influx of families with children over the past 10 years, has there been a resurgence in the number of trick-or-treaters? What about in the United States in general?
There were some 7th/8th/9th graders trick-or-treating? They were rather tall...
And no, Snickers does not satisfy those who have a craving for chocolate and sugar.
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