Opinion

A HALLOWED TRADITION

PRIYA SUNDARESAN

OPINION EDITOR

    “Trick or treat!” This terse yet sentimental phrase is one that makes an annual guest appearance every Oct. 31. Three simple words take us back to our childhood when we dashed up doorsteps, excitedly pressed our thumbs against doorbells, and scrutinized bowls of candy, longing for that “eureka” moment when a coveted Three Musketeers would turn up.

    I have remained steadfast in my trick-or-treating tradition for a few reasons. At least for me, trick-or-treating provides a sense of gratification, since it is a tradition that I have upheld since my preschool days. Ever since I could walk, I remember roaming the streets of Sunnyvale with my best friend and exchanging candy with her afterwards. I would always donate my grape Jolly Ranchers, which are reminiscent of bitter grape cough medicine to me, in exchange for pink starbursts. After all, one trick-or-treater’s trash is another trick-or-
treater’s treasure.

   Also, trick-or-treating rekindles my youthful spirit, an element that all of us sometimes lose amidst the pressure to think and behave like adults in school. And most importantly, yes, trick-or-treating does satisfy my sweet tooth.

  So why is trick-or-treating an event that many
people seem to lose interest in over the years? Why doesn’t the temptation of Three Musketeers, DumDums, and Snickers lure us back to our youth?

    I believe that trick-or-treating is an event that knows no age limits, for the excitement and satisfaction of having one night to turn back the clock to your childhood is something everyone can find pleasure in.

   Many people refrain from going trick-or-treating because they don’t want to be seen as kids and mocked by their peers.

    However, anyone who mocks you for trick-or-treating as an adolescent was either deprived of this fun-filled event as a child, or does not find joy in overindulging in naturally and artificially flavored sugary goodness (both of which are serious offenses).

   Reverting to your childish ways for one night is not something to be ashamed of, but something to take pride in. After all, by trick-or-treating as a teenager, you are able to find pleasure in the little things in life, which is something all of us could learn from.

Other people choose not to trick-or-treat
because they believe it is a waste of time to collect candy from the neighborhood when they could just grab a jumbo bag of assorted candies at the local
grocery store.

   “I personally just don’t feel that trick-or-treating delivers me any satisfaction at this age anymore.  Walking to people’s houses for candy doesn’t entertain me,” sophomore Ryan Tabibi said.    

   While candy is a major contributor to why trick-or-treating is enjoyable, the act of being with friends and roaming the neighborhood is pleasing in and of itself. In a society where we are conditioned to have mature attitudes and behavior, many of us have become numb to the simple joys of letting loose and releasing our inner juvenile spirit.

    So instead of staying at home and studying for a math test, watching TV, or going to a party on Halloween, try trick-or-treating instead. This simple occasion will not only take your mind off the adulthood that is being forced upon you far too early in life, but it will teleport you to the days of your childhood as well.

    And last of all, how could you turn down this exciting offer? Remember that trick-or-treating is a 2-for-1 deal: you’ll get your dose of sugar and your dose of youthfulness all in one.   

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