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Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

Over the years we have had many fun evenings going out with the children trick or treating.  Now our children are grown and our only grandchild lives in  Australia so no more going out with the children. We now decorate the house with spooky ghosts and jack-o-lanterns and fill the candy bowl with treats and welcome the children of the neighbourhood. The little ones are the most fun because they are not sure what is going on. Their parents dress them in strange clothes and take them out after dark, which is unusual and then take them to strangers' doors. Once at the door they yell "Trick or Treat", ring the bell or knock. They do not know what to expect. The stranger opens the door and gives them a treat. It is a joy to see their eyes light up with surprise and wonder. A few just stand there waiting until mom or dad, says we need to go and say thank you. They say or mumble thank you and go with mom or dad or sometimes both.

I enjoy all of the children that come to my house, although over the years the numbers have fluctuated from a high of 75 to a low of 30. I know that many of you receive more than I do, and some of you get less, but whatever the number, the fun is in the costumes and the spirit of fun that the evening brings.  I came across the following and leave it with you as a reminder to be gentle and kind this Halloween.

Please Keep In Mind:

- The child who is grabbing more than one piece of
candy. might have poor fine motor skills.

- The child who does not say "Trick or Treat” or “Thank
You" might be nonverbal.

+ The child who looks disappointed when they see your
bowl might have an allergy.

- The child who isn't wearing a costume, might have
Sensory Processing Disorder or Autism.

+ The person who looks too old to be trick or treating,
might be developmentally delayed.

Please be accepting, patient, and kind.


Or Ae Groff

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