So there we were. Three college juniors, walking down the street, fully costumed, carrying the biggest bags we could find. Now I know what you may be thinking: isn’t it totally unacceptable for people to trick-or-treat after, say, middle school? If you are thinking this, then you would be right. It is completely not chill to take the candy that should belong to small children once you are twice their age. The only other people our age that we saw were parents of small children (and that’s just terrifying on an entirely different level). Given my opinion that trick-or-treating should be reserved primarily for elementary schoolers, you’re probably wondering what exactly we were doing out and about on Halloween in full garb in the rain. Well, here is the answer we gave to everyone who opened the door to us and gave us a look that conveyed all of those previous thoughts:
“Hi, we’re actually college students and we are trick-or-treating for canned goods and non-perishable items for a local food shelf, so if you have anything you’d like to donate, we’d love to take it for you.”
In response, we got the best possible reactions – everything from a tiny two-year-old offering us his own candy, a couple who invited us into their home while we waited for them to gather cans, and a household of wine-drunk thirty year olds who clapped and cheered as we walked down the driveway. In total, the three of us collected 104 cans and a lot of faith in humanity. Our last stop, the most rewarding of them all, was at the grocery store, where we stopped to pick up the last few items we wanted to donate. As we were checking out, the cashier, Margaret*, asked us what was happening on campus tonight. We told her how we had spent our night and where we were donating the food we had collected and she told us, “I live there. Thank you so much for doing this.” And just like that, our night in the rain was totally worth it.
*name has been changed