Trick Or Treat {Finer Things Friday}

This morning I grinned and then nearly shed a happy tear over an email from one of my aunts.

Just wanted to tell you that your yearly visit to Grandma & Grandpa’s each Halloween is the highlight of their year….I truly believe !! :)  Mom was so excited to see your children in their Halloween garb….she just bragged, bragged and bragged some more…..time and time again….they were so CUTE she kept saying….I think “your children” were the whole topic of our conversation last night !! :)  Anyway….you made their day and I wanted you to know that!  Maybe you could dress them up on New Years, President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, April Fool’s Day, May Day……every little occasion and take them to the farm and make G’ma’s day !! :) happy

And that right there, my friends, is why we do Halloween.

After our annual “right after school” trip to trick-or-treat my grandparents, a couple aunts and uncles, and my in-laws (they all live about 30 miles from us) we return to Tiny Town and hit the streets.  I don’t know how many times last night we were thanked, and thanked, and thanked again for stopping by.  We were asked in to many homes, and had a family picture taken in our librarian’s front room.  Apparently it’s therapeutic to see cute kids in costume.  ;)

Halloween is a community event here.  We are expected to show up on every doorstep, and the ones we miss are sure to scold the next time they see us around.  “We missed you Halloween night!”  One sweet widow asked, toward the end of the evening, “Are there many out?  I haven’t seen too many.”  I wanted to blow a whistle and yell to everyone on the streets to stop by Mrs. S’s house!

Several times last night we joked with various families that we live in Tiny Town 364 days of the year, but on Halloween night it seems awfully big.  We physically can’t get to every lighted porch in one evening, though our 2 year old monster would have tried all night!

I’m thankful today that Halloween is so much more than a sugar fest around here.  It’s a community ministry.  (Now, please pass the chocolate…)

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Comments

  1. My boys were both that blue monster around that age too! LOVE it! Your Halloween traditions sound so fun!!!

  2. Thanks for hosting! We didn’t participate this year but your kiddos sure look cute! And I know what you mean about the neighbors – I feel we should let the kids dress up and go to their homes. :)

  3. So sweet! I wish I lived in a tiny town when I hear stories like that! I left a story about my 4 year old learning to read….and my learning to blog!

  4. This is the first year we have trick or treated in my parents neighborhood which is mostly older couples, widows, etc… and I wish we had every year! They were all so excited and pleased to see my son come to their door. He was complimented by neighbors we know and complete strangers. At the end of the night he said I really like this neighborhood Mom can you bring me again next year. I know it doesn’t sound like much but from a 9 year old who’s main concern most days is himself and his buds this was huge to me! It was rewarding to see an otherwise quiet city neighborhood come together and to see young and old be able to communicate in a good way! Thank You so much for writing about this, I think sometimes we take these things for granted.

  5. This sounds nice. My tiny town started doing a trunk or treat a few years ago, which I think is the lames holiday tradition, ever. The kids all walk around like a huge heard of zombies, don’t say “trick-or-treat” or “thank you”, and there’s no chance to visit with anyone. Usually we skip it. I’m glad you posted this. I think next year we’ll try to visit more widows or something. Maybe we could dress up and deliver treats to a nursing home. Hmmm…

  6. My 13-year-old made us go trick or treating with her for two hours in the 40 degree, windy night air. We resisted, but we wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I hope she never wants to stop!

  7. Love your Chief!!! Maybe he will bring us some luck!! I remember both my son AND my daughter dressing up like a Chief player one year!

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