The fun burglars are out again in full force which must mean we’re getting close to Halloween.
Halloween is the scariest time of year, not only for the celebration of gore and ghosts and all things frightening but also because it kicks-off the annual busybody winter war on fun.
And this year will be no different.
There’s the ever-growing list of costumes you can’t let your kids wear for fear of committing cultural appropriation. There are the letters sent home from school reminding parents not to send any plastic knives or throwing stars or toy guns.
But even if you’ve survived the gauntlet of politically correct costume scolds, there’s no guarantee of fun and high blood glucose levels at the end of it all.
Two Virginia cities have passed ordinances limiting the age of trick-or-treaters and the length of time children can be out. One city ruled that little lawbreaking candy fiends could face up to 30 days in jail and a $100 fine if found knocking on doors past 8 pm and over the age of 12.
Closer to home, the city of Red Deer, Alberta, is encouraging residents to trade candy giveaways for healthy activities, and even asking people to give away tickets to a City recreation facility instead!
Giving this stuff out instead of candy, is just begging to have your house egged.
My house can be seen from the space station on Halloween. Scary music, scary lights, scary decorations.
Around here, it’s the full Monster Mash with no government intervention into the free and liberal exchange of candy between consenting parties.
The fun burglars can pry Halloween from my cold dead hands – actually, that sounds scary. I hope they try.