I don’t remember traveling with a flash light or anything that carried light when trick-or-treating, now you shouldn’t leave home without it. Whether you live in the fast paced part of the city (the Bronx) or in the country like me, you should be prepared to light the path for your children, literally and figuratively. My kids love to skip and I can just see them running up someone’s sidewalk at age almost four and tripping over their princess dress costume and onto someone’s porch-smack, flattened, crying, and hurt.
When my kids get hurt, I have to say, ouch, my ears start to cringe and my face takes a nose dive. I’m immediately uncomfortable. I am emulating my father when I was little; he did the same thing. He couldn’t deal with it. I hate to see my kids hurt. They are my sweet little babies and I just want them to be happy but they must learn and learn they will.
But after two years I’ve learned one thing or two about trick or treating with them. We require illumination. Even if my kids didn’t trip or fall over the slightest thing, we would still require light. It’s dark and some people do the whole haunted house thing which freaks them out so I, being the adventurer that I am, will venture up to the front door just to see what creepy event is taking place. They don’t like this because they think I’m not coming back (like last year in Saratoga Springs); there’s a winch in there Mommy, don’t go in there (yes I said winch)! I say to them “Mommy is strong; I’m going to fight the witches!” They end up thinking I’m crazy and Daddy is still their hero. Darn. I tried.
I also bring hand and foot warmers because it’s not them that need them, it’s ME. After trotting to a few houses in the beautiful village of Pawling, I’m spent. My feet are cold, tired and numb (maybe I should stick to ugly snow boots instead of my riding boots when trick or treating) and I’m ready to go home and sit next to a blazing fire with a nice glass of wine. What about you?
I also bring extra water, batteries, blankets, canned food, no kidding, but seriously it’s important to be prepared and know your kids limits. If you’re a big kid like me, you’ll need water for hydration (all that candy is going to take its toll), a nice blanket and a good flashlight to direct their little steps.
Please stick to the sidewalks in communities if you have small children. They are just as happy with the neighborhoods they live in, provided they are safe and the streets are lit. Today, you can highlight your children’s costumes with all sorts of glow in the dark stickers or bracelets that flash to alert drivers of your whereabouts. It’s important to take trick or treating seriously. You can still have fun and go to as many houses, provided you are in the light and in a safe neighborhood. Haunted alley ways, back streets you’ve never seen before that look intriguing, avoid these areas because they are sure signs of trouble. Also don’t stay out past your expiration date; if your body is starting to feel fatigued and your feet are cold, come in. Having the most candy is not the game, it’s about having fun;, everyone playing dress up around the world for one night. Neat. Be safe out there. My husband always says, nothing good happens after midnight.