Our neighborhood is famous for its Halloween hospitality. One of our street neighbors builds an elaborate haunted house around his garage, and kids flock in from far and wide for "good candy". Yesterday we gave out 3 Costco bags of chocolate candy - 450 total, and we had to limit Halloween visitors to take just one, so we could last through 3 hours of non-stop foot traffic.
It was the first year when Smarty went out trick-or-treating without us. Originally, she set out with a sizable group of kids from our street, but eventually she and one of her boy friends split off. She came home glowing with excitement and satisfaction, because she had so much control on where they went and how long they were going for.
I am thankful that we live in the neighborhood when I felt safe to let my 11 year old go out on her own in the dark. I admit that I was worried when the streets emptied out by 9 pm, and she still was not home (we agreed on 9:30 pm as the latest return time). It turns out that she went to her friend's house, so they could sort their candy and trade it. Smarty said that it was "the best Halloween ever", and I am grateful for good friends, good community, and my own ability to let her become more independent despite some fears of "what if".
How was your Halloween?