The Politics of Trick or Treating
Ah Halloween: jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin spice everything and trick or treating. It’s a dream come true for kids all wrapped up in a fun sized wrapper. All this fun is big business with the National Retail Federation projecting that the average consumer will spend $86.27. But as kids are trying on their costumes and planning their loot routes, many cites and towns around the country have passed some interesting Halloween laws including:
Law enforcement often struggles to balance fun with safety Many post reminders with safety tips, host trunk or treats and patrol on foot. This year law enforcement is in the news yet again as the Butts County, Georgia ‘s Sheriff Gary Long is being sued for placing yard signs in the yards of registered sex offenders. These signs warn local children and parent not to trick or treat at these homes.
Local laws provide a unique insight into the problems of local municipalities face. Students often have a hard time understanding that for every law there has been a problem either real or perceived. Are these laws the result of grumpy neighbors who are tired of kids being on their lawns or the result of pranks? Were these proposed by large homeowner associations where trick or treaters are bused in by the hundreds? Analyzing local laws is intriguing and can capture the attention of our students just as easily as a fun size candy bar.
This year how are you incorporating the politics of the season into your classroom?
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