I counted 40 children knocking at the door on Saturday night for trick and treat.
It was lovely to see the different costumes the children wore and the clever makeup creations they had on their faces.
Sometimes there were nine children crowding round the door or just a couple, most of them with their parents standing at the gate.
On answering the door, I was a stranger to the children and most looked nervous and uncomfortable, their faces looked like ‘a rabbit caught in car headlights’.
Children are told not to speak to strangers so this is an unknown situation.
I try to put them at ease by asking them questions about their outfits – only one would do a trick, most were only there for the treats.
I feel this is a good learning curve for the children, teaching them to converse with adults not known to them.
I also witnessed a good example of sharing – when I got down to my last three sweets and seven children were at the door.
One little girl had a very sad face when she did not get a chocolate bar, and her friend turned to her and said you can have mine.
I look forward to next year’s Hallowe’en which is harmless fun.
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