To me, Halloween is about dreaming. I see little girls dressing as princesses and fairies, and little boys dressed as superheros and dinosaurs. It makes me smile. It makes me feel like a kid again. For one day out of the year, I'm allowed to enjoy the feeling of being young and not having to worry about bills, the state of the economy, or who did better during the presidential debate on foreign policy.
There's a lot I won't be able to protect my daughter from when she gets older. That much is certain. As most of us can attest from personal experience, the world is sometimes a cruel place. But, it is also a beautiful place. A place were little boys and girls have the ability to dream. And dream big. Even if it's for only one night out of the year, I want my daughter to be able to dream big. I want her to enjoy being young for as long as she can.
The next time you're around a happy kid, pay attention. I mean really look at them. They're not worried about anything. They throw their whole selves into that one moment. It's contagious. And amazing to witness. Sometimes I wish more adults had that ability. So, as silly as Halloween may be to you, to a child, it's a magical day where Princesses and Superheros are real, and dreams, no matter how extravagant, are always possible. That is why I choose to take my daughter trick-or-treating.
What about you? Are you for or against letting your kiddos celebrate Halloween? Why or why not?