One of the few remaining joys of childhood is Halloween and the trick-or-treat experience.
Pick up lot ball games have given way to organized youth sports and travel teams. Open-ended easy-going summer days in the neighborhood are now filled with special camps, dance classes, and more "organized" activities.
But for an hour a year, kids still put on a costume (mom-made or store-bought, exotic or simple) and wander the neighborhood for trick-or-treat.
This week on The Watchdog Morning Show with Howard Monroe we discussed how old is too old for Halloweeen. Many think when you hit the early teens, it's time to hang up the candy bag. But I think if a kid wants to stay a kid for a while longer, for that hour a year near All Hallows Eve, let him/her be. If they cause no trouble, make an effort at a costume, and say "trick or treat" I'm happy to put candy in their bags.
I'm far away from the days when I made that neighborhood walk, but my memories are fond.
We grow them up too fast already. We take childhood away so early. We put them in pageants, or helmets and pads when they should be hanging out with friends.
Let them have Halloween as long as they want it.