LETTER: Halloween is less fun when kids visit shops instead of houses

Dear editor:

Halloween in Edgemont Village in the past: Little kids made scary-excited by the dark, by not being able to see all their neighbours’ familiar houses clearly, joining with other kids in their neighborhood, forming shrieking happy gangs. Dads, and sometimes moms standing on the road with a coffee, talking to neighbours they seldom got to talk to, watching their little ones go up to doors, shouting “trick-or-treat,” seeing their children’s joy as a neighbour tried to guess who they were, the moms telling them how pretty, or scary, or great their costume was and dropping candy into their outstretched pillow cases or bags. The kids saw how nice, and how friendly their neighbours were.

article continues below

There was usually a fireworks display when it was almost time for the little ones to go home. But they were allowed to go to the fireworks to have their little minds dazzled by the thrill of beautiful explosions of light in the night. Now the moms could join the dads with the kids, and there’d be more coffee, and pop, and snacks. And talking and laughing.

About five years ago, I noticed fewer and fewer children trick-or-treating, until now there are none.

Today I went to the village and had to walk on the road because of the crowds. I think there were at least 500 people, maybe more. There was no visiting with your neighbour, no trick-or-treating, no neighbour trying to guess who you were, no neighbour praising your costume. No scary night sky, no magical fireworks. Just hundreds of children, getting candy just for being there.

I asked one dad if he would be taking his little ones out trick-or-treating later, and he said no.

The children were happy, but they don’t know that Halloween can be a hundred times more fun. The parents must remember what Halloween was to them, but obviously they care more for the convenience of just going around the Edgemont Village stores than they do about giving their kids a real Halloween.

Mary Walkem
North Vancouver

What are your thoughts? Send us a letter via email by clicking here or post a comment below.

Read Related Topics

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The North Shore News welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Sour Grapes POLL

Was it right to fire Don Cherry?

or  view results

Popular News

Community Events Calendar