Great costumes, great lessons
To the editor:
On Halloween I love seeing the little ones dressed up in their costumes, learning the proper etiquette of greeting people brightly and getting a treat.
Then there are the middle schoolers who are a little pushier, but still polite when you tell them,” Take your pick but please leave some for others.” And sweetly, they do. I’ve been giving for 30 years in town because I love the children. My two stand-outs over the years are Count Dracula – a young man who had recently undergone surgery on this legs and his parents literally pushed him from house to house in a coffin where he would rise up and say, “Trick or Treat!” (my all time favorite) and the Sharing Table, where a 2013 young man had his head popping out of a nicely set table with a bowl to one side. The bowl had a bony hand reaching out of it surrounded with candy treats. The idea was that you gave the young man a treat and you could take a treat from his bowl. Of course I took a treat and put two back in!
Halloween has become such a big event. It isn’t just about taking. One of the things I love about living here is that parents don’t automatically “bus” kids to the neighborhoods where they can glean the most candy. Parents here understand that there are lessons to be learned even in something as simple as Trick or Treating. My hat is off to these parents. I am so proud of you all.
Thank you! You are raising a wonderful generation.