I have to admit that I'm a bit of a Halloween guy.
Our house is not decorated with ghouls, vampires, smoke machines or spiders. The impasse we live in does not even justify buying a single bag of Snickers or Butterfingers.
My kids love Halloween – all about it. This was seen as the minivan drove into the parking lot of the local pumpkin field last weekend.
Like most kids, my tricks or treats are done as if there's no tomorrow. We are in full planning mode for the great fall extravaganza – we design our Jack-o-Lantern designs, plan costumes, and find a friend's block that offers the perfect combination of tight homes, safety and tolerance for some adult drinks during our expedition.
And as we prepare for October 31, I'm reminded of five long-standing, personal Halloween rules that have served me well – even though I'm a Halloween hater.
Halloween Rule # 1: No Adult / Kid Costume Combination
Yes, it's adorable to dress like your little son. It can not hurt to go up and down the street as Robin if your son is Batman. But I have to be honest, parents in a supporting role as a costume, while their child staggers to the front door, is a bit much. This screams for "Look at me," while the attention should really be on your child.
The first year, when I remember my oldest boys, I wore a toga – nothing disgusting, but completely regrettable to me. After feeling like a fool when talking to other (normally dressed) neighbors, I deliberately retired to wear a costume while accompanying my children again and again. I save my own costumes for the adult parties and leave the attention to the little ones.
Halloween Rule # 2: No Masks
This year, I immediately rejected Everett's (6-year-old) idea of being the "scream guy". No, I said, my kids do not wear masks.
While it may be fun for a few seconds when children cover their heads and faces with a scary clown or presidential candidate, the concept is as impractical as it is short-lived.
Masks are expensive, sweaty and in my experience ripped off in three houses – the amount of candy before the kids start to eat and notice that the mask is an unnecessary annoyance.
No masks. No way.
Halloween Rule # 3: No high school participation
Can we all band together to break the age limit for collecting sweets on Halloween when high school starts?
I'm not against high school kids dressing up and having fun with their friends. However, I'm tired of going to the door too late for a 16-year-old pack of sunglasses and home jersey to get a twix bar.
Halloween Rule # 4: The fun starts at 6pm
There should be a universal start time for trick or treating – it would make so much sense. First, such a time would give me the credibility needed to keep my little ones between the end of the school day and the beginning of their costumed sugar storm.
Next, an early trick or treat is cumbersome – both the practitioner and the giver must apologize to each other.
A start time of 6pm seems appropriate and does not allow any more "Oh, let me open the candy" – or "We're early, Aidan just could not keep out of his costume" conversations.
Halloween Rule # 5: Communal Sweets
My five children understand that their sweets are our sweets – with two exceptions: (a) a single zip-lock bag of their favorite collections and (b) those of Baby Ruth are mine.
I never understood that children are allowed to hoard their own sweets only for themselves. In fact, this could cause behaviors that no parent should have on Halloween – a mentality that requires "shopping till you drop" to mix pillowcases with sweets.
Community candies not only play an important role, they also allow parents to leverage for at least a month as we use the candy collection as part of our daily reward system to make our little monsters do their jobs.
While I love to see my kids excited about Halloween, I follow my rules to bridge the gap between their love of vacation and their unimpressed shrug. In a few weeks, I will cross our Halloween party to the promised Land of Lights, which will be switched off at 8 pm, the children exposed and the month-long supply of Baby Ruth bars.
Everything is possible through five simple Halloween hate rules.
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