Originally Posted by GuildJenn
As an adult it kind of amazes me that a bunch of people who almost never agree on anything all agree to go spend money on candy to watch the kids in the neighbourhood's faces light up. I mean that, to me, is something special.
I'd never thought of it in quite those words, but I totally agree. We've got a nice little community here, anyway, but in my old neighbourhood, there wasn't as much interaction...but everyone handed out treats and talked to the kids. We had one guy down the block who had a big bowl of candy, and a smaller bowl of quarters. Every kid got one of each, and the kids got a kick out of it. I remember walking home and wondering just how much that man had spent, just to make the neighbourhood kids smile. It was awesome.
And, for me? I loved trick-or-treating. I was so sad when I got to be "too old" for it. My kids love it, too. DS1 is 17, so he doesn't go, but designing his costume is one of the highlights of his whole year. (He was a Duke, complete with fancy hat, made by my godmother in 8th grade, then he was Eric Draven in 9th, Heath Ledger's Joker in 10th and Rorscach last year. This year, he's being Jack Sparrow. He's had to buy a lot of premade components for Jack Sparrow, but the others were all done with household items and old clothes from the thrift store.)
Halloween is a blast. I wish the decorations hadn't gone so far in the gory direction over the last 10-15 years, though. I really like the spooky and campy stuff, but I don't like the zombie babies, or any decorations involving body parts and blood and/or maggot. Blech.