I sure remember loving Halloween when I was a kid. I loved figuring out my costume and carving a scary pumpkin. I had no clue of the roots of this holiday, and I bet that’s the case for most kids today. Of course I loved being able to run around the neighborhood with friends, stopping at every house to add to a growing bag of candy. It was rare for a house to be dark – as in no one was home – so we did not ring the front door bell, waiting to yell “trick or treat!” there.
In the past, I have been that person who answers the door and puts a hand full of good candy into childrens’ bags. But now, I confess, I am that person whose home is dark. Now I don’t get many trick-or-treaters where I live but even if I am home, I don’t answer the door. Am I a bah humbug of Halloween? I suppose you could say that.
Contrary to the stereotype that the childfree just don’t like kids, it’s not because I don’t want to see kids, or see them dressed up in costumes. I do – I especially appreciate seeing a creative costume and giving kudos to the kids who came up with them.
What I have a tough time condoning is participating in kids getting gobs of candy. According to the TIME article, “Now that’s Creepy: Americans Will Blow 7 Billion On Halloween” the National Retail Federation indicates that of the almost 7 billion dollars that will be spent for Halloween, 2 billion of it will be on candy.
The good news is that even kids are starting to agree that they eat too much candy around this holiday. What would they like instead? A gift – like a video game. So they want Halloween to become more of a gift giving holiday? Sounds like wanting Christmas #2 – or a “Creepy Christmas” to me! I won’t be in on that either.
To the childfree out there, how do you do Halloween when it comes to the trick-or-treaters and why?
Tags: childfree lifestyle, stereotypes