Being told that I was too old to trick-or-treat was a hard pill to swallow.
Do people really outgrow candy? I certainly haven’t. But at some point, specifically when I was officially a teenager, the judgmental looks from my neighbors as they begrudgingly put candy in my bag were no longer worth it.
But my mom and sister, two of the most kind-hearted people I know, thought of a way to keep up the trick-or-treat fun in adulthood: trick-or-treating for nonperishable food items, which we then donated to the Rockford Rescue Mission or local churches with food pantries.
We did this for the first time when I was still in high school. Sometimes we were met with confusion, sometimes people told us they had nothing they could spare, but most of our neighbors were happy to donate a few cans of soup.
After a couple years, people came to expect us. We noticed they would have nonperishables sitting on their counters by their doors waiting for us. We eventually started pulling a wagon behind us so we wouldn’t have to make so many stops back at the house.
We usually donate around 25 paper grocery bags of nonperishable food items each year. We still get to dress up, go door-to-door, see cute little kids in their costumes and say “Trick or treat!” But we also get to give back to our community. Besides, there’s always some leftover candy waiting for us back home.
If you’re like me and want to hold onto that Halloween tradition from childhood without feeling silly or out of place, sticking out like a sore thumb among children have your size and twice your cute factor, give this idea a try. Christmas is already starting to take Halloween over in our department stores; why not make the season of giving come a little earlier, too?
There are plenty of Halloween happenings to choose from, many of which can be found in our Post Independent calendar or the Arts & Entertainment Briefs in Scene. But for the music-lover, head over to the Halloween Hoedown at 9 p.m. at The Eagles Club in Glenwood Springs. Local acts Samwise Soloman, Jackdaw Shine and The Phil’s will perform their folk rock tunes at this DJ Phathead-hosted event. Make sure you’re dressed your Halloween best for the $100 best costume contest. Tickets are $5 or $7 for a couple.
The spooky spirit does not have to end right when Halloween is over. If you’ve not yet taken a Ghost Walk up to Linwood Cemetery, put on by the Frontier Historical Society, Saturday your last opportunity to do so. Walks leave from the trailhead at 7, 7:45, 8:30 and 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by calling the museum at 970-945-4448 or stopping by in person. If you’ve already experienced the Glenwood Springs Ghost Walk, why not give Aspen a try at 5:30 with a walk through Aspen’s first burial ground, the Ute Cemetery. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at http://www.aspenwalkingtours.com.
You might not want to carve them anymore, but pumpkins will still make great decorations throughout the month of November. Stop by First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs at 6 p.m. for their fourth annual Youth Group Pumpkin Patch. Pick out pumpkins priced from $1-10 or decorative corn and gourds for 50 cents each. All proceeds are used to support youth missions and travel to district, conference and national youth events.
Jessica Cabe is buying her Christmas tree on Nov. 1, and she’s not sorry. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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