Wednesday, October 12, 2016

When are you too old to Trick Or Treat?

Seems like when we were kids we trick or treated until we were at least a Sophomore in High School.  This was in the 70s when we still went house to house in the neighborhood, heard the laughter of kids in the street and of course hassled the smaller kids trying to scare them. Ahhhh. Life was good.

We were cool as long as we were home when the streetlights cam on, and for us older kids, "No later than 9."  There of course, is nothing more annoying than some goblin ringing your doorbell at 10pm looking for free candy when you are already in your bathrobe and slippers. I understand that now. SO oI will apologize now to all the parent in my neighborhood who got a doorbell ring from me at 10 at night. My bad.

Now days, though, maybe the question should be when are you too YOUNG to trick or treat?  It's a dangerous world out there.  I worry about young kids walking in the neighborhood alone.  I guess that's why the tradition has gone from door to door to mall to mall or Church to Church. Safer, more controlled   but not near as fun.  At my age, I would love to go out and ask for candy...Trick or Treat.  But there's that pesky blood sugar thing.  Dentists will be busy soon though.

Have you noticed too, that it has become a huge retail thing too.  Thousands of adult costumes and decorations for your yard to rival Christmas.  It is amazing.  We have turned all hallows eve into a spooky, marketing, keeping up with the Jones yard decorating nightmare. Do you carve your jack o lantern or do you buy that plastic one with tiny night light in it?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the observance. For other uses, see Halloween (disambiguation).
"All Hallows' Eve" redirects here. For other uses, see All Hallows' Eve (disambiguation).
Jack-o'-Lantern 2003-10-31.jpg
jack-o'-lantern, one of the symbols of Halloween
Also calledHallowe'en
All Hallows' Eve
All Saints' Eve
Observed byWestern Christians and many non-Christians around the world[1]
SignificanceFirst day of Allhallowtide
CelebrationsTrick-or-treatingcostumeparties, making jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfiresdivination,apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions
ObservancesChurch services,[2] prayer,[3]fasting,[1] and vigil[4]
Date31 October
Related toTotensonntagBlue Christmas,Thursday of the Dead,SamhainHop-tu-NaaCalan GaeafAllantideDay of the DeadReformation DayAll Saints' DayMischief Night(cfvigils)
Halloween, or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening),[5] also known as Allhalloween,[6] All Hallows' Eve,[7] or All Saints' Eve,[8] is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtide,[9] the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed.[10][11]
It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions originated from Celtic harvest festivals which may have pagan roots, particularly the Gaelicfestival Samhain, and that this festival was Christianized as Halloween.[1][7][12][13][14][15] Some academics, however, support the view that Halloween began independently as a solely Christian holiday.[1][16][17][18][19]
Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (or the related guising), attending Halloween costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins intojack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfiresapple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films. In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of All Hallows' Eve, including attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular,[20][21][22] although elsewhere it is a more commercial and secular celebration.[23][24][25] Some Christians historically abstained from meat on All Hallows' Eve,[26][27] a tradition reflected in the eating of certain foods on this vigil day, including applespotato pancakes and soul cakes

So I guess the answer would be, your only too old if you think you are. There are ways to celebrate from 3 years old to 100 years old.  Dress up, have a good time, but remember that there are spirits out there that will be on the move, because the collective energy of everyone "Spooking" is the perfect place for spirits to wreak havok upon the unknowing. Happy Halloween....Be safe.

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