Dear Diary,

As a child, I looked forward to picking out a cute costume and trick-or-treating with friends. We crossed our fingers and hoped houses would pass out full-sized candy bars, McDonald’s ice cream sundae coupons and maybe even money–that’s what one neighbor put in our pillowcases every year. Our parents took us door-to-door, and we knocked an begged for treats that they later inspected and sometimes ate. My mom and dad wouldn’t let my sister and I dress as ghouls and goblins or devils and monsters. Instead, we dressed up as animals, princesses and cartoon characters. We didn’t view Halloween as evil, throw eggs at houses or  wrap trees in toilet paper. We celebrated childhood, got high off of sugar and filled our bags and bellies with candy.

Years later, I look forward to making memories with my daughter. I’ve dressed her up as a cat and a strawberry.  She even a pink pajamas with a glow-in-the-dark skeleton on the front.

Skeleton Costume

We have yet to go trick-or-treating, but we’ve passed out candy to the kids in our neighborhood. But surprisingly, some of the same children who trick-or-treated decades ago won’t let their kids celebrate the holiday.  It’s now evil and could damn them to hell I guess.  I’m not saying I’m in favor of everything Halloween represents. I’m not a fan or vampires or zombies. But because they grew up, they now have the right to lock their kids inside and prevent them from having fun. Or better yet, they take their kids to a church “harvest festival” and say they wouldn’t dare celebrate Halloween.  Newsflash–it’s the same thing. If I get a piece of orange candy at a church is it different from the same piece of orange candy I get from my neighbor’s house?  I’m just saying.  I have a confession–I’m Christian, and I went trick-or-treating.  I wonder if these parents banning their kids from celebrating take their kids to church or read the Bible. I won’t judge as I don’t want anyone to judge me.  I just think it’s a bit backwards. I once dated a man who said our children would not celebrate Halloween, even though he did and had a blast. He sang in the choir and loved the Lord. Obviously, trick-or-treating didn’t do damage.

Cat Costume

I think I’m going to start a petition and create a new holiday. Maybe I’ll call it dress up day. Kids can dress up, get candy but not be connected to something deemed as evil. Instead, they’ll just be a kid. And parents will be parents, reminding them to brush their teeth or else their teeth will decay and fall out.

Hey DFTM Fam–Do you let your children trick-or-treat?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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