During the little bit of TV my family and I watch at home, you can’t help but be amazed by the commercials that promote events months in advance. I remember I was watching Disney Channel with Isis and mind you, it’s mid-July, and they are already getting the kids ready for their “Boo For You” Halloween series. I had to laugh, but not before the thousands of questions came rolling in, “Daddy, can I be Princess Jasmine, can I be Aurora, I want to be a witch Daddy, and Daddy, what are you going to be for Halloween?” Thanks marketing execs!
Fast forward a couple months and a million questions later, the day has arrived. The day the country decides it wants to scare itself to death and eat hoards and hoards of candy bars. I’m sure it’s a great time of year for the Mars Company, Nestle, and Hershey and the 97 other major candy manufacturers during this time, but for parents, no pun intended, it’s a complete nightmare!
Nonetheless, Isis chose to be Princess Aurora and she looked absolutely adorable. She arrived at school and witnessed all the other kids dressed as Batman, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Doc McStuffins, witches, and even other princesses like her. She fell right in, the Halloween parade commenced.
Later that evening, we watched the sun set and one by one, families began taking to the street with their trick-or-treat bags in full costume. We typically don’t walk the neighborhood, but this year we wanted to switch it up. I loaded Princess Isis into the car and we drove through the 4th and 5th Avenue neighborhoods and I must say, it reminded me of when I was a kid and the block would be filled with families walking, trying to collect as much candy as physically possible.
We parked and Isis went from house to house meeting new people, gathering treats, and trying to avoid the fake possessed rats that garnished the porches of haunted houses. Isis wanted absolutely no parts of the haunted houses, and I couldn’t blame her. After too many ghouls, goblins, and skulls, she had seen enough and wanted to go home.
We passed out a few treats back home, then called it a night. She had a great experience. I was really impressed with the Avenues this year, as they took on the holiday and really made it a memorable experience for the kids of the neighborhood. All the families walking the blocks were friendly. Parents wanted to go home and kick their feet up, but we were all enjoying the fact that we were all together, for our kids. The residents who passed out candy were such great sports when kids were maybe a little too scared, I couldn’t have asked for a better neighborhood to take Isis for Halloween.
It’s been a long running myth that going into the more affluent communities, you find better candy, it’s safer, and if you’re really lucky, you may even find some money in your bag. Well, I’ll tell you this, Inglewood isn’t Beverly Hills, but we were definitely safe, the candy was top notch, and the best part is that it’s an opportunity to become more acquainted with the folks in your neighborhood.