Thursday, October 22, 2009


I was talking to a neighbor last night about Halloween. "I don't know what they're going to do this year, with Halloween being on a weekend," she said.

I was confused. "What do you mean?"

"Usually, the neighborhood has trick or treating on the weekend of Halloween."

"Why don't they have it on Halloween?"

"Oh you know. Safety. They have it in the afternoon."

Safety? Am I living in an unsafe neighborhood? My next door neighbor is a high-school coach and teacher. Other neighbor works in billing at the hospital. The two neighbors outside them are retired. Backyard neighbor is a maintenance manager; his wife is a teacher. Kids play on the street and move when a car approaches. We are one block from an elementary school, two blocks from a church, three blocks from city hall and an old folks' home. Old Chinese* grandfathers walk their grandchildren on the main street. Couples walk their dogs and babies after dark.

This is unsafe? So unsafe that children, possibly escorted by their parents, can't walk around from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.?

Good grief.

PS Don't even get me started on how they don't do the holiday on the holiday here. When does the City of Milwaukee have Fourth of July fireworks? On the third of July. Of course.

* Lots of Chinese postdocs at the medical center near here.


Maureen@IslandRoar said...

I have heard about this in some communities; it's a shame. Even with school nights, etc, doing Halloween ON Halloween is such a big thrill for the kids.
Soo many rules...

Anonymous said...

The little girl who was murdered in N. Florida this week was a student in the school district where I teach. It's a little rural county and I think every teacher in our district cried all the way to work this morning when the Clay County Sheriff had a news conference with the dreaded results of the identity of the body that had been found in a nearby landfill. It's a sad time we're living in, but parents must take every precaution possible. White-Chocolate

class-factotum said...

WC, that is such a sad story. But how is trick or treating in the early evening different from doing it during the afternoon? If a kid is too young to go alone, it doesn't matter if it's day or evening.

Jan said...

They do that here, too! I was absolutely STUNNED when I moved to Ohio and found out that trick-or-treating took place on the Sunday BEFORE Halloween from 3 to 5 in the afternoon (well, this year it will actually take place on Halloween, since it's on the weekend).

Frankly, girl, I think it's these whacky Yankees, myself.

Melissa said...

In the community where I live, they are having trick-or-treating tomorrow. But, where I grew up (in western WI) Halloween is still on the day. Maybe it's just the eastern part of the state that made that change...