#ygkChallenge: Trick or Treat!

Halloween, Trick or Treat, ygk challenge, Kingston, OntarioWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Have some Halloween fun.  I have always loved Halloween.  I loved trick or treating as a kid, getting dressed up in group costumes in university, and now I adore running to the door and greeting the sweet little Ironmen and Elsas looking for candy.  Sadly, my particular block is not full of Halloween keeners and this seems to be becoming a bit of trend in other neighbourhoods as well.  In past years, many of my close neighbours left their lights off on this spooky evening, deterring the little ghouls from coming down our street.  Despite my efforts with a brightly lit pumpkin and other decor, I’m always a little disappointed by how few kiddies actually come to the door.  Things are looking up this year, there are already three houses on our block who have their carved pumpkins out and their mummy decorations on the front door.  I’m hoping a few more will come out of the woodwork and do the same over the next 24 hours.  There are few traditions left these days that involved kids going outdoors for long periods of time and even fewer occasions when it is normal to just knock on a neighbour’s door.  We spend so much time inside, on our computers, in front of our TVs, not even knowing the people who live a hundred meters away from us.  All that aside, Halloween is just fun.  Non-technological, creative and generous fun.  So, Kingston, this week we challenge you to participate in Halloween!  There is still time to go out, get a pumpkin and pick up a bag or two of candy.  Get creative with your pumpkin carving, enjoy some roasted seeds. Why not even come up with a costume from things you already have in your closet?  Let’s make our homes welcoming to the little trick or treaters tomorrow and keep the tradition of Halloween alive in YGK.

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Photo credit to the Trevor Swan.

Danielle Lennon

Danielle Lennon is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. She was the Editor, Community Event Coordinator and Contributor at-large (2008-2018). She is otherwise employed as a section violinist with the Kingston Symphony, violin teacher, studio musician and cat lover. Learn more about Danielle...

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