I use to rail against Halloween but now I love it. I’ve realised it’s the only time that pedestrians – and particularly kids – can now claim the streets as their own.
In towns, cities and suburbs everywhere, the car reigns supreme on our roads, making them foreign places for those on foot. Even walking out to the front of your house can make you feel a bit odd, like you need to have some reason for being there, like getting in the bins/trash cans, or the mail. Or maybe you pretend to garden a bit, so you’ve got a purpose.
Try it – go and just stand outside your house and see how it feels.
Before cars ruled the world and most people walked places, it used to be that neighbours just stood sometimes, at their front gates, and chatted to each other. Or called out a friendly ‘hello’ as people walked past, without fearing they’d be taken as some kind of weirdo.
So let Halloween be your excuse to engage. Dress up your house and welcome the ghostly and ghoulish trick-or-treaters when they arrive for their choc-fest!