Halloween is one of the major events of the year in Canada. What are the five things that Halloween tells us about life in Canada?
1. Canadians love kids
Halloween is for the kids. Trick or treating happens on Halloween and all the little kids dress up and go around in groups, with a watchful parent or two, and knock on all the neighbourhood doors. It is a chance for everyone to admire just how cute the kids are and hand out some candy.
2. It’s good to be good neighbours
Trick or treating would not work if neighbours weren’t good neighbours. Knocking on the door and being sent away empty handed just doesn’t happen. Instead we all stock up on candy and have it ready for the hordes of cute, little kids that we’re expecting.
3. Canadians have a sense of fun
Wander around just about any neighbourhood at this time of the year and you will see extravagantly decorated homes. They have elaborate scenes set out on the lawn, with gravestones, ghostly figures, and bloody bodies. And all of this is to delight and entertain the local kids and adults.
4. Canadians are generous
These decorated front yard scenes are most often accompanied by a charity donation box. At great effort, and some expense, these householders have set their ghoulish imagination to work for a local charity.
5. Canadians are inclusive
It was a shock to me on my first Halloween in Canada to see adults in shops and offices dressed up in Halloween costumes. Even adults want to join in. It doesn’t matter what kind of costume it is – it doesn’t have to be scary – it’s just a chance for everyone to join in the fun.
Now I really look forward to Halloween. I haven’t decided what costume to wear, but at least I have the candy ready!