Halloween is upon us and one of the common complaints you hear about this holiday is that some trick-or-treaters are too old to be knocking on doors looking for goodies.
To this, I say: Get over it.
I have to admit, I have a long history of being afraid of teenagers. They have opinions, sometimes dress funny, have colored hair and their hormones make them seem like strange and mysterious creatures. But now, I am the mother of a couple of these creatures and guess what -- they're not that scary after all.
Here's the thing with tweens and teens going out for Halloween:
- We adults spend so much time complaining about how quickly kids grow up, and then when they try to have fun trick-or-treating, we berate them for it.
We all enjoy holidays more when we just sit back and don't sweat the small stuff. If a would-be trick-or-treater pulls up in his car and has a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, I think it's fair to turn out the porch lights and call it night. Short of that, if you're going to participate, do it graciously. You may learn that teenagers are not as scary as their costumes after all.
Originally posted at www.yummymummyclub.ca.