I am not going to get into some cranky old-guy whinge about how Halloween was so much better when I was a kid.
Yeah, we roamed unescorted far and wide wearing cheesy home-made costumes and carrying an old pillowcase growing heavy with sugary loot. We were oblivious to the threat of homicidal child-sex predators.
Our biggest worry wasn't getting an apple with a needle or razor blade in it; it was the prospect of someone's home-made unwrapped popcorn ball contaminating our favourite candies.
I don't mind modern Halloween. For one thing, more pre-school kids get a chance to go out now, escorted by their parents, than when back in the day. They toddle up to the door and stare up blankly until dad prompts a them to a "trick-or-treat" (whatever happened to "Halloween apples!"), which triggers the dispensing of a small, chocolatey confection.
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