And for parents of children, we all know Halloween is simply about candy. Getting candy. Lots of candy. And getting to dress up is a bonus. I recently went to my son's kindergarden 'Fall Party' (oh the horror of actually calling it a halloween party!), and the kids were dressed up as superheroes, princesses, movie characters and dream jobs like an airline pilot or a fireman. It is a day where children can pretend and rejoice in their imagination all while getting nearly unlimited free treats! My daughter loves the opportunity to get a princess dress, shoes and sparkly hair spray. The whole thing is completely sweet and innocent and totally fun. And not once does the mere thought of the devil or anything evil cross my kids' minds.
And, it makes me sad that every year we go trick-or-treating it seems that there are less and less houses with lights on as this is another great way to interact with one's neighborhood. I will continue to trick-or-treat with my kids, and leave my light on so the little ones can have a fun-filled night of candy collecting in their dream outfits! I think Jerry Seinfeld pretty much sums it up below (this is from his stand-up show that was on dvd - so, so funny!):