Yep. Another pumpkin bites the dust….
What exactly does Trick-Or-Treat tells us about today’s youth?
You see…..this evening was Beggar’s Night here.
I won’t use a wide and sweeping brush as I write about my observations tonight. But here are some things which occurred on our little stoop on our little street.
Kids show up early and stay late for Beggar’s Night. They also plead with their parent to attend this event, even if they are not feeling well. It is my contention that this behavior does not “cross over” when it comes to school attendance.
Kids here don’t follow the Honor Code. I had a few ‘work items’ to do here tonight… so we put out a basket of candy with a sign that read,
“Please take ONE… or two…. Only. Please.”
I even drew a witch on the sign for effect. Turns out, this system isn’t as effective as I had hoped. Even with the parent accompanying the child. Which leads to the next postulation….
Perhaps kids DO and CAN follow the Honor Code. They just can’t count. Which may explain why the U.S. ranked 25th in the world in math, and science…. out of 34 countries tested (Bloomberg News, Jan. 2011).
Oh… lighten up Kronenberger. It’s Halloween…… for Jack-O-Lantern’s Sake.
Alright, just one more for the record, and then I’ll quit. On our end of the neighborhood, kids imaginations are completely depleted. We had more kids dressed up as regular kids this year than anything else. About 80% of the little beggars I saw tonight were in street clothes. Not even a charcoal beard and untucked shirt. There were a few in costumes… a few. No Sock Monkeys.
Don’t ya’ know.. all of this made me a little sad. When we were little, Halloween was a huge and special ‘Occasion’… We looked forward to it, talked about what “we were going to be” on Beggar’s Night…. there was a huge ritual about dressing up. We couldn’t afford store-bought costumes…. so we made our own.
AND THEN… the candy garnering practice… please and thank-you… no costume, no candy…. and on….
Or maybe I have it all wrong.
What Trick-Or-Treat might be saying about our youth… is that kids absolutely love candy and will go to any lengths to get it. Period.
I know some adults like that too…..
Chocolate. Sort of like Heroin…. only legal.
Happy Great PumpkinFest Everyone!