Monday, November 1, 2010
It was a parade of gigantic proportions up and down the front sidewalk. Well, maybe not gigantic. In fact the numbers were down about 50% this year, perhaps because the day fell on a Sunday night and most little goblins had to be in bed by 9 p.m. We were ready for about 200, the average number of masked visitors.
Our neighborhood is perfect for such shenanigans. There is no entrance gate, houses are relatively close together, and safety isn't as issue. So it's possible to walk the streets and quickly load up with enough candy to cause a sugar high and a tummy ache simultaneously.
The first two little boys arrived at 5 p.m. They simply couldn't wait until dark and where is that rule written down anyway. I heard them giggling as they walked toward the front door before they rang the bell.
Following them were princesses, fairies, Minnie Mouse, cheerleaders, actions figures, happy witches, Spiderman, bumble bees, monsters and teen-agers that admitted they had no costume but still craved the sweet stuff. One boy brought his dog along, complete with a tiny black cape. So cute!
Golf carts, wagons, and strollers snaked through the streets and parents watched as tiny legs timidly passed jack-o-lanterns and skeletons to get to the doorbells. Pillow cases, plastic pumpkins and fancy totes were filled to overflowing.
We oohed and ahhhed at every costume and "thank-yous" filled the air. Parents cameras flashed and the event was recorded for the ages. Fun memories were made.
Evidently everybody around here was prepared with treats because no tricks were delivered.
The evil pagan holiday has evolved into a children's parade!
It's reported that terrible things occur on Halloween each year and I don't doubt that for a minute. Terrible things occur all the time in this wicked world. The detailed history of this devil's holiday is surely the cause of much insomnia, worry and heart palpatations!
The most frightening element of Halloween 2010 I face is the left-over candy, which will no doubt find it's way to my waistline!! EGADS, how scary is that!!