Prose for Thought – Trick or Treat

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Today, as the world and it’s wife knows, it is Halloween which sort of fills me with a mixture of excitement and dread. I remember the days when I had no children and lived on a large development in Woking. We would sit with the lights off and pretend no one was in when the trick or treaters came a-knocking! Of course, now I have Grace I look at Halloween very slightly differently as I don’t want to spoil her fun BUT I also take other feelings into account on this day. So, like last year, I shall be popping round to all the neighbours in our Close and giving them some sweets to give to Grace when she comes knocking on their door. We shall be doing our own Halloween crafts and making a spooky buffet for tea, drinking blood (tomato juice) and eating fingers in slime (carrot sticks in guacamole).

This week’s Prose for Thought is inspired by the mixed feelings I have about trick or treating and being respectful to the people who aren’t interested!

Trick or Treat

Is trick or treat a good idea
Or does it fill you full of fear
Is it all some harmless fun
Or make your child an expectant one

All dressed up for Halloween
Like something from a horror scene
Knocking on the persons door
Maybe an idea to check before

What if that person is all alone
It may set them an awful tone
Make them scared give them a fright
Best leave them alone tonight

An elderly person may live there
So do you think it’s really fair
To go to them with expectation
Don’t protest with indignation

So if you are happy with trick or treat
And are ready to dish out sweets
Display your pumpkin for all to see
And if they don’t kids, leave them be!

© Victoria F J Welton 30th October 2o13

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17 Comments

  1. October 30, 2014 / 7:09 am

    Love this poem. What a great idea to go around the neighbours ahead of time and give them the sweets. I think the pumpkin rule is also a good one – it generally gives a good indication of who is doing Halloween or not.
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  2. November 3, 2013 / 9:54 pm

    Great poem, I’ve never joined up with this before as I’m a bit embarrassed about my writing skills but the time has come! lol I grew up in Woking, did you live there long? We still go back as my parents are still there. Mich x
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  3. November 1, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    I enjoyed doing home stuff for my son, Ben, when he was younger, but I’m not at all keen on the imported ‘Trick or Treat’ stuff, which always makes me think of Barry Kent, the bully in the Adrian Mole books, demanding ‘money with menaces’. Okay, it’s chocolate rather than money, but the idea of a nasty forfeit for those who don’t play ball seems wrong to me. And with some older kids the emphasis seems to be on ‘nasty’ rather than ‘trick’…

    Ben’s mates were busy last night, but are coming round tomorrow night for a horror film fest and pizza. I don’t have to bother with carved pumpkins and ghoulish menus any more 🙂

  4. Jess
    November 1, 2013 / 12:54 pm

    I agree with the previous comments. As a child I used to love Halloween,just the thought of ‘magic’ was enough for me to be excited. I loved reading books about witches and spooky going ons but that was it. We never made a big fuss about it. I think now it’s very over the top but I do like to hang decorations up for the boys and but them a Halloween snack and yes we did go trick or treating. We followed your rules Vic,if the house was decorated up we knocked but if it wasn’t we respected their wishes and certainly didn’t bother them. There’s only a certain amount of ‘candy’ any one child can eat anyway…do you think?!?

  5. October 31, 2013 / 7:56 pm

    Like Stephanie we went guising and you had to give a performance before you got anything – and it was monkey nuts and apples and tablet. I think the supermarkets have completely ruined Halloween, with all manner of garish plastic tat. I’m trying to teach my kids the more traditional side, of lanterns and storytelling. Fab poem and hope Grace enjoyed her goulish tea!

  6. October 31, 2013 / 7:48 pm

    Brilliantly put, I have a ‘no thank you’ poster on the door as Stella is spooked enough already so close to bonfire night. A shame, I used to like eating the leftovers 😉

    I think it’s a good idea to only let them visit already decorated houses too 🙂

    We didn’t do much for Hallowe’en when I was a kid, certainly not trick or treating. I probably asked my mum why it was suddenly ok to take sweets from strangers!

    Had fun joining in this week, thanks for being an excellent host x
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  7. October 31, 2013 / 7:30 pm

    Lovely poem and so true! Frankly I am not a big fan of Halloween but decided I will endure it for the wee man’s sake 🙂 x
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  8. October 31, 2013 / 8:45 am

    Ah I’m the same about Halloween, where we live everyone seems to know the houses you’re allowed to knock on and those you aren’t. Thankfully we’re away tonight anyway! 😉
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  9. Stephanie
    October 31, 2013 / 8:24 am

    As a child we didn’t do trick or treat we went gusing. You had to perform a song or a poem or a routine of some kind not just knock on the door and say tick or treat which is very American. I expect I will get kids tonight so I hope I don’t run out of sweets.
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  10. Sarah Miles
    October 31, 2013 / 8:05 am

    I am baffled by why Hallowe’en is quite so appealing to kids but I don’t like trick or treating so we are, like you, having a spooky supper and carving pumpkins and that’s it.

  11. October 31, 2013 / 7:30 am

    I have exactly the same mix of feelings about Halloween Victoria! It’s getting so much more popular than it ever was in my childhood, and I wouldn’t want to dampen something fun for the children. But it has to be tempered with thoughtfulness of and for others. You’ve captured that really well in your poem. Lovely. Thank you for hosting – nice to be back again xx
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