Wednesday, October 31, 2012

New Hampshire's Halloween System is Broken

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rain or shine, I ALWAYS went Trick or Treating on the night of Halloween*. It was perfect:  I got to dress up, hang out with loved ones and eat candy. (Not having to complete meaningless homework was a total bonus.)

Today is the thirteenth Halloween I’ve lived in New England… As an adult, I have been to tons of great Halloween festivities, so I personally have been able to enjoy this cool holiday.  Though, I question if kids in New Hampshire are able to enjoy Halloween as much as I did?  I’m baffled that Trick or Treat days/times are dictated by individual towns in New Hampshire!

Is this really all about the kids?  Or is about every town needing control?

I’m thankful to be a citizen of the United States of America.  I appreciate that each town is given the right to celebrate Halloween whenever they want, however they want…I like choices.  In fact, I’m all about choices.

But is the way New Hampshire celebrates Halloween really best for our kids?

I wonder if changing Trick or Treat night due to inclement weather is the best decision? I have compassion for the town officials...and I believe that they have the best intentions... I also realize that we never had a blizzard or hurricane when I was a child in California**.

I wonder if it is more beneficial or harmful for kids to go Trick or Treating more than once a year due to the various town schedules?  I don’t think it is wrong…I love having fun...but I wonder if this may inhibit the magic of Halloween?

Today is October 31st.  Today is Halloween.  The weather is perfect. Tonight would have been an awesome night for kids to go Trick or Treating in New Hampshire.  (Those with or without electrical power.)

I have more questions than answers.  

Where’s the balance?

Just wonderin’.

*Please note that I value change.  I cringe when closed-minded people grasp onto tradition and resist change just because that’s the way things have always been done.

**BTW, I advocate for purposeful differentiated instruction in education.