It’s Not About the Candy

Our first Halloween in our new neighborhood.

We didn’t get too many trick-or-treaters, apparently because the thing to do around here is to drive to another neighborhood and get “tons and tons” of candy.

But here’s the thing: I can buy tons and tons of candy at the store, and I can get EXACTLY the kind my kids and I love.

Trick-or-treating is not about the candy. There will be candy at home, one way or another.

It’s about dressing up, parading around your neighborhood, getting the chance to knock on everyone’s door and have them shriek/coo at you in your costume.

It’s about hanging out with your family, enjoying the spoils of your jaunt around the neighborhood and waiting to answer the doorbell.

It’s an excuse to get together, let loose, be silly, appreciate the company of friends new and old.

While there certainly must be candy involved (and there must be chocolate, because nothing else actually counts as a “treat”), there does not have to be “tons and tons” obtained by exhausting the children on epic treks through strange areas of town.

I’d love to get back to the idea that, it’s better to have a little less candy and a little more community by hanging out in one’s own neck of the woods.

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