This year we’re going to be shopping for two costumes. Unlike Olivia’s first choice of costume, her second choice is going to have to fit over a winter jacket because it gets cold on Halloween night, and we don’t do Mall-o-ween.
What’s Mall-o-ween? It’s a lame-excuse for parents to get out of trudging through their neighborhood, following along with the kids and carrying the heavy bags of candy that the kids are going to dump theirs into. It’s visiting the mall and trick or treating from participating stores, and it’s lame.
Did your trick or treating take place in a mall when you were a kid?
If it’s anything like ours, you froze your butt off to get that wonderful bounty that came in the form of a pillow case full of candy.
You know what you’re not getting by trick or treating in the mall? You’re not getting to meet new little friends in the neighborhood. You’re not getting the experience to introduce yourself to neighbors for the first time. You’re not getting to meet local parents in a group of children that seemed to find each other on Halloween night. You’re not getting to stay up late, walk outside after dark and take part in the traditional fun that Halloween has to offer. You’re not having to freeze your butt off, chasing after children hopped-up-on-sugar, as they eat their treats throughout the walk around the neighborhood. You’re missing out on knowing which houses give the coveted full-size chocolate bars.
Go trick or treating in your neighborhood. If you get cold, it’s the perfect experience to step inside when the kids get cold, have a chat, or hand out some tea or hot chocolate and introduce yourself to grow your village.
Get out of the Mall. Trick or Treat where you should be, in your neighborhood.
We live in an extremely young neighborhood in the suburbs. There are hundreds of kids. At Halloween we stock up on candy, we make sure that we have enough for all of the kids – and you know how many kids came trick or treating at our house last year? Fifty. The majority of those kids were tweens, out there, taking advantage of the free candy.
Get out of the mall, and get back to the streets, where Halloween is meant to be.