At our house we usually get a few little ones that come around early, carefully watched and presented by their parents, next we might get some kids who can actually walk on their own with some parents at the end of the driveway watching their brood collecting the loot.
The older kids start arriving pleasantly even awkwardly giggling a bit but then come the greedy ones resembling roving animals with a lot of potential for mischief, they run in packs because there is strength in numbers, the mischief factor always at the edge, eruption is imminent.
Personally I fear that little children are loosing out, teaching them to beg for candy or whatever, begging comes in various forms and evolves into an unhealthy expectation ... you ask Do I like Halloween?
Do I like little children? Do I like little kids or even the older kids?
...... Well yes I do .... but
I also think that each year shows more adults are becoming involved in the dress-up part, are our teens not growing up? Days and even weeks before October 31st the stores start displaying their scary articles for the event, the places of business even Banks are showing adults in costume participating in the festivities.
Halloween has evolved
Halloween has its origin ages ago and its meaning is quite different from what it is purported to be.
In England, from the medieval period, up until the 1930s people practiced the custom of souling on Halloween, which involved groups of soulers, both Protestant and Catholic, going from parish to parish, begging the rich for soul cakes, in exchange for praying for the souls of the givers and their friends.
In Scotland and Ireland, guising – children disguised in costume going from door to door for food or coins – is a traditional Halloween custom, and is recorded in Scotland at Halloween in 1895 where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money.
The practice of guising at Halloween in North America is first recorded in 1911, where a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario reported children going "guising" around the neighbourhood.
Halloween or All-halloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, all refer to the same or like festivities and while praying for the dead there usually was a good dose of praying the bad spirits away.
Let's hope the little ones will be safe, the bigger ones behave and the Adults grow up!!!
These two girls look like death warmed over to me!