I recently wrote this:
"Halloween: the one day where we encourage children to accept candy from strangers, go to strangers' homes, and vandalize property and terrorize people if they don't get their own way."
I spend a frantic time drumming into my 13 year old son's head every Halloween, not to participate in egging (throwing eggs at) houses. And how it's criminal to deface property and harass people, even if he's caught in a group, he can get into trouble, without having done anything himself; as the peer pressure can be great at this age.
How on earth can I teach my children anything positive from the whole Halloween culture?
It feels like an anti-parenting, anti-social activity.
I thought I should add this about the culture of Halloween here:
It's only newish (in Australia) and they just knock on the door and expect a hand out. I'm noticing the boys are murmuring more and more about egging houses. Not good. And now that my son is older, they are unaccompanied, it's the only time I let him out on a school night with a group of teenage boys.. not happy.