Halloween is awakening in Sweden. A decade ago you were hard-pressed to notice it was Halloween at all. This year it was everywhere. There were events around town, our daycare had a costume party, and out driving this weekend I saw the big globe-shaped arena in Stockholm with its facade lit up like a scary jack-o'-lantern. (I wasn't scared).
But there's one vital detail to be sorted: the night for trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treating is the main Halloween event folks, and we're flubbing it.
Until recently, any trick-or-treating typically happened the Saturday after Halloween, when Sweden observes All Saints Day. So you had to wait until the weekend for candy. This is like giving presents on Christmas but waiting until New Years to open. Tough love.
I think some now realize trick-or-treating should happen on Halloween, the 31st. But lack of consensus is diluting the movement. This weekend no kids knocked on our door for free treats. Neither Friday nor Saturday.
Make no mistake: this is a crisis. Halloween is foremost about candy. Decorations, costumes - it's all build-up to the main event. No trick-or-treating on Halloween is like no Superbowl on Superbowl Sunday. False advertising and un-American.
Let's settle this right here and now Sweden. If we're going to do Halloween, trick-or-treating needs to happen. And it needs to happen on Halloween.
A world with no trick-or-treating? Now that's scary.