‘There is a child in each of us, who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly lit porch’

‘There is a child in each of us, who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly lit porch’

By Sarah Clavin, Miller Swim School

This weekend is one of the first “holidays” of the Holiday Season. For many families, Halloween kicks off the season of celebration followed shortly by Thanksgiving and culminated by Christmas and New Year’s. In this time of “cancel culture” however, there is tremendous pressure to cancel Halloween and all that comes with it. 

But, let’s not do that.

How about we just go all out.  With the extra time that we are spending at home, we can put our creative minds to work and turn the costume into a home school project or even a contest (if you have more than one) to see who can create the most unique costume.  Maybe a t-shirt decorating costume or a face painting.  And if you decide to purchase a costume you could still decorate a creative candy sack.   

But in an effort to achieve some sense of normalcy, many families have found a way for their children to still celebrate the holiday. Additionally, many communities still plan to [safely] host annual “trunk-or-treat” and “family fun day” events. While these events may feel a bit more “sanitary” this year, many parents are simply thankful for the opportunity to let their kids showcase their costumes and snag a few extra pieces of candy to satisfy those late night cravings. 

I have never been one to enjoy dressing up; my kids on the other hand, start planning their costumes sometime around the end of August. Our family has seen everything from Jessie (Toy Story), to Minnie Mouse, and Mulan. Between the kids and my husband, we get enough candy from Trick-Or-Treating to last us till Easter (wherein I promptly trash the Halloween Candy and replace it with the goodies the Easter Bunny brings).  

Annually this time of year, our family enjoys Asbury Trunk-Or-Treat, the Jenks Main Street Trunk-or-Treat, and an evening out trick-or-treating in our neighborhood.  When I heard there was a possibility these events would be cancelled, I dreaded breaking the news to the kids. Tack that onto the long list of things 2020 has cancelled out. 

I am happy to report, however, that our local groups have worked extremely hard to create a plan for a safe and sanitary execution of these beloved community events. Here are a few places to safely celebrate Halloween with your family this year:

-Through Saturday – Hallowmarine at Oklahoma Aquarium 

-Through Saturday – Hallowzooeen

-Through Friday – Phil-O-Ween at the Philbrook Museum 

-Through Friday – Jenks Main Street Trunk or Treat

-Through Saturday – Asbury Trunk or Treat

Ghosts and Goblins

Spooks galore

Scary witches at your door.

Jack-o-lanterns smiling bright

Wishing you a haunting night. 


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