I was thinking today about my children who aren't children anymore. On days like today, I am nostalgic about the days when they were small and the fun we had trick or treating.
Every year I refused to make elaborate costumes and spend money on cheap costumes. I took my children to the thrift stores and let them buy things to make a costume. Sometimes we just used stuff we found at home. The wedding dress the year my daughter was a princess lasted us into many years and was loaned a time or two to friends. At 5pm on Halloween, we drove over to my in-laws neighborhood and went trick or treating there with the cousins. After making the full circle, we drove back home, went to a few houses on our block and then called it a night.
I miss that excitement and energy. In the later years when they were definitely too old, they would hand out candy for my in-laws. One year--the son's 13 year, we had a Japanese exchange student. Both kids went out that year. The Japanese boy had a great time and left all his candy when he left our home for his next stop.
I miss all that.