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Trick-or-treating: like or dislike?

Trick-or-treating; photo from http://www.halloweenexpress.com/history-of-halloween.php.

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This year for Halloween, my Massachusetts grandkids have decided to be sumo wrestlers (2) and a witch. They plan to go trick-or-treating in our Boston neighborhood, where people go all out to give kids a festive and over-the-top Halloween experience. So many great costumes -- last year, one couple dressed as chefs and carried their infant, dressed as a lobster, in a big lobster pot -- and amazing decorations. And so much candy. So my question this week doesn't have much to do with cooking, but I still want to know: do you love to get dressed up and go trick-or-treating, or do you prefer to answer the door and hand out candy when kids in costumes arrive? And if you're going to wear a costume, or take your kids out, what are you going to be?

Trick-or-treating: like or dislike?

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I love Halloween. Best is to invite someone to share it with. Last year, a 5 year old from Cameroon and her Mom and Aunt. They had never experienced Halloween, and we all carved pumpkins, put them out, spent a while going around the neighborhood, then came home to give out candy. It was a wonderful day!

We were never a big Halloween family. When they were younger my 3 children, now all grown adults, would dress up, go around the neighborhood for candy, and then the pumpkin would get carved. Sometimes they would invite a friend to join for pizza or a sleepover if the holiday fell on a friday or saturday. We always tacked up a few decorations on the door and set out some little decorations in the house, but nothing like the over-the-top stuff that people are doing today. Sometimes I think everything has gotten too big and overdone that children no longer appreciate or enjoy a simple, low key activity. Sometimes simple is best...........no pressure.

After 30 years of teaching elementary school, can I admit I don't like Halloween? But I do like handing out candy to the little excited faces. The older teenagers acting greedy, not so much. It was more fun when I lived in a neighborhood where I knew the kids.

I'm a Halloween lover. I don't dress up, but if I lived in your neighborhood I think I would. Happy Halloween!

we love Halloween, when the kids were small, we'd hit all the neighbors , kids got dressed up-always carved the largest pumpkin we could find, baked the seeds--- fun to see what family could build the decorations--
all for the kids
we only get 2 neighbors kids, but we have candy, apples ready ---and our door decoration is up

I'm going to a friend's for dinner and we are dressing up as witches to answer the door. Hope we don't scare the little ones!

Halloween is wonderful for the young kids. I don't like it when high school and college age kids come around collecting candy. In general, I think way too much is being made of the holiday these days.

The kids enjoy it.
They go to Halloween parties and then around the neighborhood trick or treating.
I remain home and hand out candy.
In all,honesty, I could live without it.

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