I was going to go on about the horrors of sugar and candy, but this is not really the time.
I love Halloween. I love getting dressed up in costumes, though this is the first year in many that I've bothered... I love taking the kids trick or treating.
I generally toss it.
For me, it's all about the experience.
Oh sure, the kids eat come of it. But it quickly disappears. I wish more parents would hand out raisins and toothbrushes, but tradition is tradition, and what would costumed kids without overflowing treat bags filled with healthy food do to Halloween? Hmm....
So tonight we'll visit our friends in the 'hood, the homes we know, the people we see every day, and some we don't, but as we'll be right there, it'll be okay, and we'll teach our children that it's okay to knock on people's doors and demand candy one night out of the year.
And why am I not going to complain about the sugar, the excess candy, and the deeper message we're sending our children by letting them ask for treats?
Because life is hard, and can be full of many hard things, and some people have it harder than others, and some have it easier, but right now, we're in some rough times, and a lot of people are having it hard.
Because childhood is short, and adulthood filled with responsibility, concerns, and the knowledge the world isn't such a great place all the time.
Because they are young only once, and they haven't yet learned about how the world really is.
Because I want them to learn to laugh, and to dress up, and play, and be frivolous, and have fun.
Just for one night, let the world be a magical playground.