Food For Thought
If your neighborhood is anything like ours, you may have noticed a lot fewer trick or treaters in the past few years. Even this year, I tried not to buy too much candy, but still ended up with a lot of leftovers. We had 9 trick or treaters. Yes, only 9! And we live in a sizeable neighborhood.
One culprit may be the invention of the trunk-or-treat. While at first thought, this seemed like a fantastic idea, I am rethinking the concept and am asking you to do the same. What kid wouldn't love the opportunity to collect tons of candy in a short amount of time?? As a parent, I was enamored with the idea of not having to walk as far around the neighborhood while my kids complained about how uncomfortable their costumes are.
On second thought, trunk-or-treats have some drawbacks:
So, I understand that not all neighborhoods are safe. But I think, in general, the people coming to trunk-or-treats are not from those areas. I also understand the thought behind trunk-or-treat is an attempt to bring communities together. But I think it takes away from building stronger neighborhoods which are the building blocks of community.
So, what can we do?
See you at the door Next year!
Hi! I'm Ann - mother of seven, grandmother of two and occupational therapist. My mission is to provide the support families need to raise thriving children and to help you build a family environment that supports healthy development and a pathway to success.
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