Halloween has a long, and frankly fascinating history. For example, did you know that “trick or treat” originated in Canada? The first recorded instance of the expression dates back to 1927 (according to Wikipedia).
Since the middle of the 20th century, Halloween has lost most of its superstitious and religious overtones and has evolved into mainly a youth- and family-focussed holiday. Yet, even without the grotesque ghouls and demons of Halloweens past, present day trick or treating can still make parents anxious: too much candy, tainted treats, crosswalks in the dark. As children get more independent and want to venture out on their own there is also a worry of who they will meet on the path.
When I grew up in rural Saskatchewan, we did not go house to house at Halloween. We would gather at the school gym where the boy scouts along with the community gathered for a costume parade, games and sharing of treats. Treats from the community were collected at the church or through the scouts. During the festivities of the evening, parents would fill paper bags with treats with apples, peanuts, candy kisses, and other goodies. Everyone went home with similar treats, and all having experienced a great evening of safe fun – in community.
Living at Prairie Spruce opens our family up to this type of experience again. Baked goods, fruit leather, or apples as Halloween treats – I’d never dream of doing that now, but it would make sense at Prairie Spruce. It will be a comfortable safe haven for future Halloween and other family holiday fun!