Not since 1995, when our oldest was a mere 2 weeks old, have we not gone tricks or treating. Then it was my wife briefly taking him around to other apartments in the stairwell of the seminary housing we lived in. The next year he was old enough to be taken about to houses that were just down the street, since by then we were at the first church I pastored. It was in the country, and a string of late built houses were around, enough for our oldest to get a nice batch of goodies. But since 1995, we've gone out somehow with tricks or treats - until now. Old youngest is in high school, and announced last year that we were at the end of the run.
Odd. We're not quite sure what to do. Owing to not a few reasons, we've not done as much this year as we have historically, perhaps because we know the kids are moving on. Jobs and obligations mean the boys and our daughter-in-law won't be around during the tricks or treats hours anyway. They said they'd be by tonight afterwards. I guess they're going to bring some movie I've not seen before that has something to do with spooky. We'll see. Sounds interesting.
We'll still hand out candy. Though not as much this year, times being what they are. I suppose we'll still watch old silent films during the actual tricks or treats time. That's holdover from when my sister, her husband and my parents would come down on Halloween once we moved to Ohio. My mom would go out with my wife and the boys. The rest would stay and talk. Hence silent movies. It had the atmosphere, but didn't interfere with conversations.
We'll still have cider, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin seeds, and nibbling off some of the candies. But as I get older, I have to be mindful of my dad's diabetes there. On the whole, we'll see how it goes. Funny how things change in life. Anyhoo, when it comes to Halloween, I wrote on my thoughts back in the day. You can read that old post here. My thoughts are pretty much the same, only more so.
And with that, a very Happy Halloween to all!