Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat?

     Kids are very beautiful in nature. You can dress them whatever you want and they will still look cute and lovable. No wonder why even this Halloween season, you can’t resist pinching their cheeks as they dressed up with their creepiest costume. It is a common scene every year but still, you will feel delighted when kids knock your door and say “trick or treat” with smile.

     As defined by Wikipedia, “Trick-or-treating is a customary practice for children on Halloween, seen in many countries. Children in costumes, either in large groups or accompanied by an adult, travel from house to house in order to ask for treats such as candy (or, in some cultures, money) with the question "Trick or treat?". The "trick" is a (usually idle) threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.”

     Here in our community, my daughter participated in the trick or treat event, too. I let her joined the other kids, asking for some candies and putting them inside their pumpkin bags. As parents, we also participated in the said event by preparing loot bags of candies and chocolates and gave them to the kids who approached us. To be honest, we were also excited as me and my husband had never experienced joining in a trick or treat event when we were still kids. Both of us came from province and we don’t even remember if trick or treat was celebrated there. I believe that this event was known worldwide but here in the Philippines, it is only common in urban places like Manila. What I remembered was that during Halloween season our families had always been busy cleaning the tombs of our dead relatives. Some of my cousins do it too for a purpose. They do it to earn money as some people who don’t have time to do the cleaning themselves, are willing to pay others to do it for them. Cemetery becomes a busy place during All Saints day and All Souls Day. Candle and flower business are gaining more profit during this season. Many people take their off from work to visit their dead relatives and they couldn’t resist themselves for buying the most beautiful and most expensive candles and flowers as signs of respect to them. Some families even stay in the cemetery the whole night. For them, it is the best time to show how much they value their love ones who passed away. I hope that we don’t forget to pray for them so they can truly rest in peace. +++++

1 comment:

  1. All Souls' Day is more actively celebrated in the Philippines than Halloween. In 'pinas, malagkit, brown sugar, coconut milk, etc. are what we think first, rather than candies to give away to trick-or-treat-ers. It's outside of the Philippines that people think the opposite.


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