I suppose I’m being crabby


#1

After reading this, I decided to just skip it and give the kids some dirt and a hose that day. Maybe even be daring and let them climb a tree without a helmet. :wink:

I suppose I’m being anti-social and crabby.
Does this make you crabby? :slight_smile:


#2

Oh my gosh, yes, it makes me crabby. Why bother having it at all? I don’t understand the whole reason for Trunk or treats. I would stay home, decorate my house as I see fit, and walk around the neighborhood with my kids. Sort and inspect the candy when they get home and call it a day. :grimacing:


#3

At our parish we encourage families to attend the Vigil Mass (because of the whole Holy Day or Obligation thing) then to come to Trunk or Treat in the parking lot.

Yes, the costumes cannot be vulgar or gory.

Only registered parishioners who have signed up before the event are permitted to come and set up their trunks because - safety.

The parishioners like the event.


#4

While I find all the “family friendly” rules to be a bit annoying, if I had a kid and they just wanted to participate and get some extra candy, I’d make it happen for them.

I also get the impression this is perhaps an event geared towards very young kids, and there is always somebody who takes the Halloween scariness or gore a little too far, hence the rules.

There are neighborhoods where it’s not possible or feasible for kids to go door-to-door. I’m actually heartened by the fact that my old neighborhood where I grew up is back to having lots of kids going door-to-door after a pretty steep decline in the 90s, but my old neighborhood is also very walkable with a lot of houses close to each other. I’ve been in a lot of other neighborhoods that just aren’t walkable in that way - the kid could maybe go around his gated community or up and down his cul de sac and that’s it.

I like the idea of the kids dressing up as saints or Bible figures. A lot of the churches have the kids doing that already for All Saints’ Day. One church in my area had the school kids dress up as saints and have a little procession through the church before the Mass, which was a great motivator to get the whole family to the Holy Day of Obligation Mass, and the costumes were cute.


#5

They forgot to mention the required Safe Environment training requirement in their notice. Our parish requires the training before they can register their vehicle. Too many rules!


#6

I’m staying home where it’s safe :frowning:


#7

Some of the thinking here is very good - especially the only-your-kids-in-your-car rule. Holding a very safe event like this does not preclude the holding of other events.


#8

We don’t celebrate Halloween. Nor do we participate in the Trunk or Treat our parish has been holding for the last few years. But the latter does seem safer.


#9

But, All Hallows is a Holy Day of Obligation, so, attending the Vigil Mass is often preferred because people work on the 1st.


#10

I could suggest one more safety tip:

Engines must be off throughout the event (to prevent exposure to exhaust and inadvertent movement of the car).


#11

The last line of the handout says that you will receive Confirmation prior to the event.

:thinking:


#12

I guess I should have been more clear. We don’t go trick or treating.

Attending the Vigil Mass is preferable to kids going around getting into mischief on that night.


#13

Small c confirmation; which I would think means an approval to participate. Not big C Confirmation in the Church sense.


#14

I was just kidding.


#15

:sweat_smile:


#16

Oh good! On this board, sometimes it’s hard to tell! :slight_smile:


#17

I understood what you were saying. My family never celebrated Halloween either. No trick or treating :no_entry_sign:


#18

:flushed: No trick or treating??


#19


#20

With all of the hoops that are set up for Confirmation, I’d not be surprised to add this one to the list!!


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