We declared it officially dead last year, and it looks like it’s holding: Whiteween (or White-o-ween, the trick or treating night where candy is given to white children and people turn their lights off when the black kids trick or treat) is no more … maybe. Someone posted an image of a notice about an “alternate” Halloween the Sunday before the actual day this year on Philadelphia Speaks, which was met with a response of mostly, “This is just convenient for working parents.” Someone pointed out that the “convenient” reasoning was what was given after people were called out on Whiteween, but we’re crossing our fingers that a year off has been enough to finally kill this nonsense.
Another sign that this might all be over is that someone suggest a similar “secret Halloween” idea for OG Fishtown kids on a Facebook page that we won’t link to (we learned our lesson last time). That idea was met with a response of mostly “meh.” So let us take this time to remind you that Halloween is for everyone. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, or what neighborhood you’re from; Halloween is a time for you to give children candy that will make them sugar-fueled energy monsters for a few days while they drive their parents crazy. And every kid deserves to be that.