When it comes to Halloween, I sort of feel split in two different directions. In one way I could care less about all the ghouly gobbly costumes and the trick-or-teating and in another I think it’s a fun kind of tradition, especially for the kidlets. Experts still argue whether it started as a Pagan tradition or a Christian tradition, whatever.
In Germany we have the holiday of All Saints Day on November 1, therefore the 31 of October would be All Hallows Eve. The holiday on the 1st of November is a Christian holiday celebrating and remembering those that have died, and we go out and light candles on our loved ones graves. I think that’s a wonderful tradition to remember those that have gone before us, give them a little light and love, and wonder at the amazing things that await us when we take that last road trip. It’s a good way of reminding us that death is a part of life and without exception, it will happen to us all…and we shouldn’t be scared by it.
For us living in northern regions Halloween or All Hallows Eve is the start of the dark season, summer is officially over. Time to get out and light some candles, pull on those wool sweaters and brew ourselves some hot ciders, just go with the flow of the seasons.
Sooo, to make a long babbling story even longer, I really could care less about the party ghostly ghouly part of Halloween, but since there are lots of budding marketing experts in Germany we’ll have some kidlets ringing our doorbell this evening expecting some treats. I dug out some little toys for them, hope they won’t be too disappointed that there will be no candy. This bag of little toys and trinkets proves at least two points….one, that I’m a very clean and orderly closet hoarder and two, we’ve made way too many trips to Mickey Dees in the past (my youngest son is 21 this year, so ya, I hoard things).
What do you think, is it mean of me to pass out useless toys instead of candy? I figure two things can happen, they either love it, and come back next year expecting the same or they hate it and don’t come at all next year. Either way is ok. Hmm, maybe I’ll go out and grab a couple of bags of candy, poor little sweeties.
Wishing ya’ll a great Halloween!