When people think of Halloween, they typically think of getting dressed up in costumes and going door-to-door asking for candy. It is one of the few days in the year where it is perfectly acceptable to walk up to strangers and ask for candy.
A group I am involved with at CMU, called Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, decided to take a different approach on the concept of Halloween. Instead of going door-to-door asking for candy, we decided to go door-to-door passing out candy. This was our way of paying it forward and acting as an element of surprise when people opened their door to “trick-or-treaters.”
It was so humbling to see the smiles on everyone’s faces after giving them a bag of candy. Almost every person we encountered asked us why we were doing what we were doing, and we simply told them it was because we thought it would be a nice thing to do. Why do acts of kindness need reasoning behind them, why can’t acts of kindness just be appreciated? The world is full of so much hatred, which is why it is so important to have groups like Chi Alpha to counteract the hatred.
Spending my Halloween reverse trick-or-treating was probably one of the most productive things I could have done with my night. Being the reason someone smiled that day was more rewarding to me than coming home with a large bag of candy. Small acts of kindness truly do make a difference.
Community Service: 1.5 hours