Halloween Customs - Frum Style
Here's another brief post as I'm still in over my head at work...
Like most Orthodox Jews my family and I do not celebrate Halloween. Although it has more to do with playing dress up and eating candy these days, it's pagan origins keep most OJ's steering clear of it's spooky celebration.
I do however (as my parents have before me) give out candy to tricker-treaters who come to my door.
There are many adorable (and not so adorable children) in our neighborhood and our doorbell will ring from 4PM (little kids with plastic pumpkins holding their mommy's hand while daddy takes a picture) to 9PM (teenagers with a cheesy rubber mask and pillowcase.)
Here are my rules:
- Two or three mini-candy bars per tricker-treaker.
- No grabbing
- Anyone arriving after 9PM gets nothing. If you are old enough to be out at 9:30 on a school night you are too old to tricker-treat.
- My kids get 2-3 candies each over the course of the evening (if they eat dinner.)
- The remaining candy (if there is any) goes on the high shelf in the kitchen to be distributed later as I see fit.
When I was a kid I found giving out candy to tricker-treaters to be a lot of fun. A veritable costume parade and the joy of handing out candy to children (and of course eating some) without having to leave your house seemed like quite a deal. My kids enjoy it too. It's rather disruptive during dinner and homework time but it's only once a year so I can handle it.