Pro-Tip: Don’t take the candy. Remember, Halloween is for the kids and goth kids that are in to vampires. The mom giving out candy is going to figure out that the 6’2″ SpongeBob is not really a child. That make an awkward Neighborhood Christmas party. If you do get some home owner that gives you a piece of candy, put it in your daughter’s bag or bucket. You’re going to eat it later anyway, aren’t you? C’mon, we all do it.
Time: 1-2 hours
Recurrence: Once a year
Trick or treating is a childhood tradition. Everyone can remember at least one costumer they wore for trick or treating. If you’re like some, you can remember EVERY costume and even some of your friends. The holiday is about costumes and candy here, people. And because it is intended to be a FUN holiday, it’s ripe for a daddy-daughter date.
I would mention that this date is probably only do-able if you only have one daughter or one daughter of the appropriate age. If you’ve got multiple young daughters, you’re not going to get away going trick or treating with just one of them. Also, if your daughter is 16, don’t think that she’s suddenly going to want you hanging out with her just because it’s Halloween. You’re smarter than that and so is she. Come to think of it, your daughter shouldn’t be trick or treating if she’s that old. That’s for another book.
Now that you’ve qualified yourself as actually being able to go trick or treating with your daughter, it’s time to work on the costume. Does she already have a costume? If so, try and find something associated. So, if she’s a princess, be a king….or a princess; your call. Don’t know what you’re going to do in the Voltron example, though. If she doesn’t have a costume, there is a great opportunity for you to work as a team. Something like the Cat in the Hat, or The Incredibles. If you two can think of something original, make your costumes. It’s a great way to keep costs down on this date. Work on the costumes together. Come Halloween night, there will be a lot of parents that give you the thumbs up for being a Dad that is part of your daughter’s life. And I’m sure that you’re going to hear, “My Dad and I went trick or treating as __________” a million times over.
And if you’re feeling silly for going through all this trouble? Just look at the face of that little girl. She thinks it’s cool that you’re coming around with her. Yeah, you may get some laughs and a few pictures might get snapped, but you’re communicating to your little girl that you’re a fun Dad that cares more about spending time with her than what people think. There is a lot in that last sentence; go back and really think through it.
Happy Halloween and thanks for being a dad…