Yes, it's that time of year again - a season full of pumpkins, monsters, and imaginations run wild. Most of us have fond childhood memories of dressing up in our favorite costume, running door to door yelling "Trick or Treat" and amassing piles of sweet goodness. I even remember one instance when we found "the mother lode" (translation: full-size candy bars) and snuck back later in the evening to cash in again (bless her heart - she recognized us and gave us TWO more each!)
Sadly, times have changed and the new rage is "Trunk or Treat." Sorry, but that doesn't even sound fun - it actually sounds a little creepy! I often wonder if kids realize what they are missing; but then again, if you don't know any different...
As an adult, I feel a sense of loss. In the past, I've been known to complain about having to answer the door and hand out treats, but now that a hobgoblin on the front stoop is a rare occasion, I have to say I really miss it. Who couldn't help acting scared when you opened the door and a little Frankenstein's monster grunted or a witch cackled? Their smiles and the fun they were having was passed on, door-to-door.
Whatever you and your kids decide to do this year, have fun - but please be safe. Here are some tips provided by our friends at the Salt Lake City Council: