Let’s give Halloween a new vibe ... of giving
Sometimes the words that come out of my mouth and the stuff that I type amazes me. Not because it is impressive, clever or anything like that, but because I sound exactly, word for word, like people who I used to call fuddy duddy old fogeys back in the day!
I remember the words of a man I always looked up to over the years, Charles Webb, now one our top news anchors at VSB. He famously told me that, “As I reach the midnight of my life, I have less time and even less patience for nonsense.”
For many years we have lived through pranks, tricks, aggression, violence, practical jokes, etc for Halloween. We’ve had eggs thrown at passing vehicles. News Flash! You could hurt someone and seriously injure them!
We also have had to endure the ire of aggressive, assertive trick or treaters who traipse around neighbourhoods with a sense of entitlement daring people not to have any candy or giveaways. These people look disdainfully down the nostrils of their masks at any resident who decides not to play the Halloween game or who doesn’t have exactly what they want.
Parents are sometimes the worst culprits, egging (excuse the pun) their kids on to demand treats from unsuspecting residents.
Well, guess what? I think this game is OLD, passé, played out. Yes we can still have Halloween and perhaps in a good year, maybe in like five years, when the economy is better, we can go back to that.
Here’s another perspective. Things are a little difficult for a lot of people this year. Many people are out of work, working less, making less money, have less disposable income and just may not have it to give this year.
So, how about this year we try something different? How about we use this Halloween to try to do more good than harm, to give more than we get, to find someone, some family, some poor soul and give them a treat as opposed to playing a trick.
It is widely known that it is far better to give than to receive. I know this is a revolutionary thought but I dare us to think outside the box and do something different.
Why not this year, have kids dress up in their costumes and find people in the neighbourhood in need, and go deliver to them treats, instead of going around taking and receiving?
Another way to do this is to go ahead and collect treats the traditional way but then go out and give them to people who don’t have, those who we know are less fortunate, etc.
Kids will still get to go around in costumes and put on masks and do the Halloween thing, but it would be really teaching them some useful life lessons.
This would be a revolutionary concept, it would change the thinking about Halloween, it would expand our minds and it would really bring us closer as a community because we would really and truly be being our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper. We would even be bringing a piece of Christianity and goodwill into Halloween. I’m just saying. Think about it. Peace…………DJLT
THE TOP 20
Holding at #1 is a former essential new tune,
Whistle, by Flo Rida, one of most popular tracks around. On the way up at #2 is
Lights by Ellie Goulding, a popular new dance track that I’m not exactly in love with and am surprised has reached this far.
Climbing to #3 is
No Lie by 2 Chains featuring Drake, on of the hottest rap tracks in the business these days. Anything with Drake seems to work and succeed. Up to # 4 is
Scream by Usher, which is racing up the dance charts all over the world.
Falling to #5 is
Wide Awake by Katy Perry. Slipping to #6 is
Mercy by Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, yet another hot rap track featuring this hot new artist 2 Chains.
Jumping to #7 is
I Can Only Imagine, a huge dance track by David Guetta featuring Chris Brown and L’il Wayne. Dropping into the #8 spot this week is Pop Queen Rihanna’s hit,
Where Have You Been?
One of the hottest songs released this year — last week’s biggest gainer — up to #9 — is
Gangnam Style by PSY. Tumbling to #10 is
Climax by Usher.
Up into the #11 spot this week is
All Around the World, a popular dance track by teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber. On the slide and into the #12 spot this week is
Birthday Cake by Rihanna and Chris Brown.
Shifting gears to reggae, tumbling to #13 is the crossover dance hall hit
She Doesn’t Mind by Sean Paul.
Improving to #14 is
This Is Love by will.i.am. Up to #15 is
Heatwave by Wiley. Improving to #16 it’s
Give Thanks by Christopher Martin, a former essential new track.
Up to #17 is
One More Night by Maroon 5, last week’s essential new tune. You gotta check out the words in this song.
Falling to #18 is
Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia, a smoking dance hit that has had a long shelf life in many charts around the world. Improving to #19 is Rihanna’s latest hit,
Diamonds, which is this week’s essential new tune.
Tumbling to #20 is
Wild Ones by Flo Rida featuring Sia, a high-energy dance track that has just about reached the end of its shelf life.
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