The festivities of All Hallows Eve are just around the corner and for me they come with a sense of excitement and opportunity. Trick or treating is one those memorable events as a child and something that brings with it many opportunities for children to grow, learn and gain responsibility.
I enjoy the celebration of everything frightening and inexplicable, but there is an element of danger for those braving the cold and walking the streets in the dark. Maybe this comes from all the scary movies out there that portray Halloween in such a way, but I like to see it as a chance for the kids to be part of the community.
As mothers and fathers we continuously go through scenarios and events in our heads that may offer the possibility of putting our children into danger. But where there’s a potential for an accident there is also an opportunity to grow. I remember watching Quintyn climb the ladder to his treehouse for the first time, it was a frightening prospect for me, but he had to do it. There was a chance that he could fall, but there was a greater chance that he would make it to the top and be fine, and of course he did. Now he glides up that ladder and has no fear of falling or causing himself pain.
This sort of opportunity is exactly what offers itself on October 31st. The chance to dress up in something silly and to go out as a family to share in the celebrations with neighbours and the local community is very important. Not only is it an excuse to meet the people that live in your community, but it’s also a chance to show that you trust them. Trust has sadly become a forgotten trait of many communities, and it's times like these that we need to get out and show each other that there is trust among us. More importantly, it’s these times that we can show our children that us adults trust each other and are willing to share our time (and candy). If our children get to see this maybe their generation will do a better job of trusting one another.
Happy Halloween to you all, and may all of your loved ones enjoy the ghostly weekend and get home safely.