Rec Room column: Halloween is fun time for adults, children alike

Oct. 23, 2011 at 5:23 a.m.

By Shane Simon

Does anyone ever really outgrow Halloween?

As children we relished the fact that this was the one day we could transform ourselves into someone or something that we couldn't be any other day of the year.

Even the most shy kids I knew could don a mask and outfit and have the confidence to ask for and often demand exactly what they wanted - CANDY and lots of it.

On this day even our parents seem to turn a blind eye (somewhat) to how we gorged ourselves on all the sweet treats we could until bedtime and when Halloween fell on a Friday or Saturday the next day belly aches were a given. Although I haven't dressed up for Halloween in years, I do enjoy living vicariously through my kids on Halloween.

I suspect other parents do as well. From picking just the right costume to the smile on their faces when they are counting out their generous portions of candy, at the end of the night you know that the whole family had fun. If you do not have children you can equally enjoy this day by leaving your front porch light on and dispersing the treasured delights to all the boys and girls that are brave enough to say "trick or treat"! I do plea with you to offer quality candy.

I still remember which houses had the best candy and would beg my mother to take us there first. Miniature portions of the large candy bars are always a kid (and parent) pleaser. Yes, as parents we do go through and pick one or two of our favorites as well.

After all, we have to inspect all the candy, and somehow there are a few that don't look just right so naturally we must sacrifice ourselves and be the "royal taster."

With all the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, nights like Halloween can just seem like another task to take care of, but if we take a step back and look at Halloween through the eyes of a child it can be just as rewarding to us as well.

The Victoria Parks and Recreation Department wishes everyone a safe and memorable Halloween Night and we will see you Saturday at dark for our Haunted Hayride in Riverside Park.

Shane Simon is the recreation services manager for the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department. Contact him at 361-485-3200 or or follow us on Facebook at Victoria Parks Recreation.



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