Day 2 of Blogtober and only 29 days to go until it’s Halloween and I’m seeing shops stocking up all the sweets for any little ones who come trick-or-treating. When I lived at my old house, I’d see young kids dressed up in all kinds of ‘scary’ costumes. It was so much fun seeing the kids super excited about getting a treat for coming and then probably counting up how much they got.
I was never allowed to go trick-or-treating as a kid.
Not even once.
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Before anyone wonders if my parents were tight or stuck in the dark age, that is so far from the case. If anything, they were the best parents a girl could ask for but they had their reasons.
According to my mum, one of the reasons I couldn’t go was that both of them saw it as a form of begging. You going from house to house and asking for sweets. They didn’t like the idea of their child doing that even if it was only a form of fun. Plus I already had bad teeth to begin with so having me on a sugar rush would have been a nightmare!
Another reason was that it wasn’t safe.
Sure, my mum would have come with me (my dad couldn’t walk too far) and it would have been in an area that we knew. However, this was the 90s and it wasn’t all that long after James Bulger had been taken and was found dead. This would have probably put fear into any parents’ heart so I definitely see this as a good reason.
To be honest, I don’t think many kids go out trick-or-treating these days.
You obviously see the odd crowds going around with tiny kids dressed as witches or super-heroes (so cute!). What kid wants to go out in the cold? They’ll probably want to stay indoors and play on their Nintendo Switch or something. I’d do the same if I was in their shoes!
As a grown-up (physically at least!), I much prefer to stay indoors during Halloween all snuggly under my duvet and watching Netflix!
Who else never went trick-or-treating? Did you feel like you missed out?