MASSMAN: Let the kids have their ‘tricks’ and ‘treats’

Bradley Massman

Bradley Massman

I don’t envy the difficult decisions and announcements parents have had to make this year.

“I’m sorry, but we can’t celebrate your birthday with a big party.”

“No, you can’t go see your friends today.”

“There won’t be any Little League games this summer.”

The list goes on and on.

Believe it or not, Halloween is this month and I’m putting my foot down and saying, “Enough is enough. Let there be trick-or-treating!”

Disclaimer: I am very aware of what’s happening in the world aka COVID-19. I am in no way a medical expert, but I am a journalist with some space in a newspaper and on a website. Time to share my opinion.

As a former child, Halloween was a holiday I always looked forward to. For one night, you could let your creativity run wild and be anything, or anyone, you wanted.

During a three-year stretch in the 1990s, I donned the original red Mighty Morphin Power Rangers costume. I was a “strong and tough Power Ranger” too, or at least that’s what my mom told me.

I have a lot of great memories trick-or-treating throughout the 90s and into the early 2000s, and those are memories every child should have.

By now, you’ve seen at least one or two “stories” about “canceling Halloween and trick-or-treating.”

I’m here to firmly say, “Hey, you can’t do that!”

These kids have been through enough this year. Don’t take away Halloween, too.

I am not alone in sharing these same thoughts and opinions. In fact, I can think of at least 40 Big Rapids businesses who would reiterate my feelings.

This week, I felt some sort of relief after reading a story written by Pioneer reporter Alicia Jaimes.

Kati Ross, a Big Rapids real estate agent, along with other well-known business owners teamed up together to plan a Trunk or Treat event on Halloween. I haven’t been living in Big Rapids for too long, but based on what I’ve seen from the community so far, this event didn’t surprise me.

Everyone putting an effort to make this happen is doing it with one common goal: Put a smile on every kid’s face come Halloween.

Just remember, be safe out there and don’t eat too much candy. And, if you aren’t screaming, “Trick or treat,” at the top of your lungs, you aren’t doing it right.

Bradley Massman is the editor of the Pioneer. He can be reached at