I grew up on a farm so trick-or-treating was tricky. We’d drive to some neighbors’ houses and then into “town” to visit a select more friends. The upside to this was that we knew all the candy was safe. But we never experienced the tradition of walking around a neighborhood.
I live in the suburbs now, in a neighborhood I really like. Last night, my daughter and I met up with some other families on our block to trick or treat. This group had lived in the neighborhood a long time, so they knew which houses had the best decorations or really splurged on the treats. My daughter loved traveling in a pack with lots of other kids, and I liked talking to the other parents about such important things as what to do if you are blocks from home but your child needs to use the “facilities.” The answer to that depends on the type of costume said child is wearing.
So while farm life can seem idyllic — and at times it was — I think there’s a lot to be said for reaching out to neighbors that live across the street — not over the next hay field.
Susan Simpson, Education Writer