Trick or treat anyone?

LIKE most kids, mine love dressing up, and to them, Halloween is another opportunity to do just that.

Oh, and eat half their body weight in confectionary.

I'm kidding, they don't get that much - and I make them spread it out.

All these people that bemoan it being an American tradition and it has no place in Australia are slightly misguided.

Yes, the Americans do Halloween the best - everything is over the top and outrageous - but it didn't start there.

People claim that Halloween encourages children to take lollies from strangers, which is the exact opposite message parents are usually giving their kids for the other 364 days of the year.

But does it really?

On the odd occasion my kids have been trick or treating they are in a group situation, with an adult supervising them.

They're hardly wandering the streets alone in the middle of the night.

I understand that some people don't want to take part, and that's fine.

But you don't need to rain on everyone else's parade.



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