So how was your Halloween? Ours was good; I had a headache early in the evening so I didn’t go to W00Tstock, but I felt better after a while and took Milo on a longish walk to the house of friends whom I knew were doing it up well. (I knew this because one of them is Amazing Genius Science Girl, and she and I had raided the Davis Square Goodwill for costume material.* The day before Halloween is a fun day to be in a Goodwill, I tell you what.) There’s a street in our neighborhood that goes all out every year, and we went down that, too — it took 30 minutes to walk the block. Halloween is wonderfully scary and exciting and magical and inexplicable when you imagine it through the eyes and ears and nose of a dog.
And since we weren’t trick-or-treating, I didn’t run across anything like this, which a friend of mine posted on Facebook (quoted with permission):
ok-i get it. halloween-sugar treats-bad. yeah. yeah. yeah. but little mini packs of lemon flavored fish oil? Really? If you’re that devoted to your chiropractic practice for the town trick or treat…just give out stickers.
She later explained that the fish-oil packets “were gel packs–just to make it a bit more gross.”
Oh dear. Bad behavior on the part of treaters. On the part of trickers, there’s this. In a campaign to raise awareness of the horrific labor abuses in the chocolate industry (a worthy cause), kids are encouraged to visit houses to distribute fair-trade chocolate and tracts:
Along with tasty, guilt-free treats, the kids will be passing out cards with more information about why they’re the ones spilling the jelly beans on this holiday famous for its freebies.
I agree with commenter Andy Sauder who wrote, “That’s not trick-or-treating, that’s door to door witnessing.” Shaming people in the moment of their participation in a common social ritual is neither polite nor an effective way to get people to change their behavior. (Obviously I’m not blaming any kids who did this, as they may not realize this kind of social subtlety yet.)
* And, for me, a black dress that’s perfect for those occasions when you need to look dressy but dowdy, like a friend’s kid’s bar/bat miztvah or someone else’s book party, and a leopard button-down swing coat for spring. Boo yah, Jezebel, leopard is too an excellent look.