My husband and I are of the firm opinion that trick-or-treating is the greatest neighborhood connection event in a year. We love that all the families leave their homes and meet each other, via the great ambassadors that their children are.
This is actually my mother's story; however, it affected three young Anaheim citizens. My mother sews as a hobby, first out of necessity in raising 7 daughters, and now as a joy for her 14 grandchildren. She made our prom dresses, bride's maid dresses, Halloween costumes, and daily clothes, including special outfits for every holiday. A couple of years ago, a little girl down the street from me mentioned that she wasn't going to go trick-or-treating because her family couldn't afford a costume. When I told my mom about it, she came to our house less than a week later with a spectacular Snow White costume, identical to the one she had just finished for my daughter (see picture).
This year, my sister (who also lives in Anaheim) had a similar conversation with two little girls who live in the apartment upstairs from her. Again, all my mom said was, "What sizes and which princesses?" Within a week, they, too, were decked out for Halloween.
I am so proud of my mom that she feels so strongly about children getting to have the joys of their childhood, that she gives of her time and skill for it.