Halloween is quickly approaching on Monday and there is even a good chance towns every where will celebrate the sugary event over the weekend. Plastic pumpkins, face paint and rubber masks that have melted in the attic are being pulled out of storage across America. While most children enjoy celebrating Halloween, there is just something different about the experience for farm kids.
Trick-or-Treaters in urban areas have the good fortune of walking only 50± feet from one house to the next. The result? Hitting at least 30 houses before the town-wide curfew strikes.
Farm kids must take a different approach. They live on a rural route where loading up in the car and driving from farmhouse to farmhouse is mandatory to hit any kind of candy quota. They won’t hit thirty houses, but rather five. The only highlight to this is the fact that the rural neighbors usually anticipate exactly what local children will visit that night, making them more likely to have the best to hand out: individual goodie bags, homemade treats or even full size candy bars.
The down side to the Halloween rural route is that farm moms typically take approximately 30% of the candy loot in repayment for the gas they’ve used while driving all over the township. It’s Farm Mom science.
Go to town on trick-or-treat night and you’ll see a lot of fathers walking around with their children. But farm kids don’t always get that opportunity. Farm dads are usually still in the fields when October 31 rolls around. If it’s a nice enough evening to dress up and set out on a voyage in search of candy, it’s nice enough to get in another thirty acres. Consequently, Dad’s field lunch will feature 1-2 pieces of Halloween candy until at least November 15.
While dad may not always make it to trick-or-treat, there is a very strong probability that grandparents will. No doubt about it, if grandparents live within twenty miles of the farm kid, they’ll see their pride and joy in costume. It’s just how life works.
Tried and True Costumes
There is an unwritten law that farm kids have a pre-determined set of Halloween costumes that rotate throughout the years:
Farmer (duh): It’s their dream job and it gives them reason to wear their favorite outfit
Cowboy/Cowgirl: Anything involving boots, buckles, fringe and a pony is alright for a farm kid
Hobo: Default costume. The Hobo costume is a solid sign that October 31 snuck up on the family. Hobo can be easily pulled together in a pinch. Farm kids just need to go to the clothes basket, pull out some dirty barn clothes, tie one of dad’s handkerchiefs to a stick to create a bindle and be done with it. Farm kids may get extra candy if they rub dirt on their faces.
Parent’s Occupation: Dressing as their parent, whether that be a farmer, teacher, nurse, veterinarian, construction worker, mommy, etc., is the equivalent as dressing as a super hero for a farm kid. Remember that.