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Halloween: Why It's Not The Same Anymore

Updated on January 12, 2015

What's With All the Driving?

When I was younger, I loved Halloween. My dad and I would walk from house to house and street to street until we were ready to go back home. I would then get home, empty my bucket of candy and sort through all of it, making sure that before I ate it, all of the candy was wrapped and sealed.

Now, at least around where I live, Halloween is different. While I am older and don’t go trick or treating anymore (I believe that once you hit about twelve or so, then you’ve exceeded the point in your life when you should go around begging for candy), I see something all the time that reminds me that Halloween simply isn’t what it once was. Now, instead of walking house to house, parents are driving their kids to collect their candy.

Let me begin by saying that while perhaps parents feel this is safer for their child, I think it takes away the fun of the holiday. If a parent is walking hand in hand with their child and if they keep their eye on them, they shouldn’t feel the need to worry about their safety. Also, if the reason that parents are driving instead of walking is because of the cold temperatures, this reason is even more ridiculous to me. Halloween is and has always been in the month of October, it’s going to be cold. My dad and I used to bundle up and go walking and I must say that if he would have drove me, it would not have been the same.

Additionally, my neighborhood is not that bad. Yes, there are occasional crimes, but this is how any location is and contrary to what some belief, danger is not lurking around every corner. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with one day out of each year taking your child or children trick or treating and doing so by foot.

While I understand that if where you live is unbelievably dangerous, you shouldn’t be taking out your children on Halloween at all, I think that parents have become way too paranoid about taking their kids out on Halloween. Though the streets may have been safer when I was younger, I still think for the most part they are and not once since this craze of driving one’s kids from door to door on Halloween have I witnessed any crimes. Instead, I see happy children getting candy and their parents smiling when they see their kids’ faces lighting up.

You may wonder why I feel so passionate about walking with your child on Halloween. I feel passionate because I think it teaches one’s children a lot. For one thing, it teaches them that in the future, when they’re older, they will have to learn to do things on their own. For another thing, and this is huge, walking with your child gives you a chance to really bond. When I walked with my dad from house to house, I didn’t just get candy, I talked to my dad about all sorts of things. The last reason I think walking with children and not driving them to each house on Halloween is important is because, honestly, I think it’s a lot more fun for the child. I think it’s a great experience for them to walk in the crisp air, walk side by side with their parents, and watch as all of the other kids in their costumes walk by and experience Halloween.

I just want to add before I finish this article, that I don’t think that driving your child to get candy on Halloween makes you a bad parent. In fact, I once went with two of my younger friends and their mother in her car trick or treating and I don’t think any less of her because of it. However, I must admit that even though I wasn’t collecting any candy, the whole thing lacked authenticity.

Do You Drive Or Walk With Your Kids When Trick Or Treating?

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Halloween is a great holiday for parents to spend time with their children. In order for a child to truly experience Halloween, they should walk the streets with their parents and experience the fresh air. Halloween is a great bonding experience.
Halloween is a great holiday for parents to spend time with their children. In order for a child to truly experience Halloween, they should walk the streets with their parents and experience the fresh air. Halloween is a great bonding experience. | Source

Reasons To Walk With Your Kids During Trick Or Treat

-You can talk to them better than you can in the car.

-Your child will get a chance to experience walking the streets while having a parent or guardian by their side.

-Kids can fully experience all of the joys of trick or treating.

When You Were Younger, How Did You Trick Or Treat?

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    • Breanne Ginsburg profile imageAUTHOR

      Breanne Ginsburg 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for the comment! It is sad that less kids trick-or-treat!

    • Laura335 profile image

      Laura Smith 

      4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I just noticed that this year. I thought the kids were just being lazy. ha ha The number of kids in our neighborhood have really depleted over the years, but I'm beginning to think that kids just aren't that interested in trick-or-treating anymore, and those who are into it are way too old to be trick-or-treating. So, their parents just drive them around to a few houses in their $50 costumes just to say they went out. It's sad. Really thought provoking Hub!


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