Around this time of year in late October, the
weather is conducive to outdoor play. Children
on bicycles and scooters abound amid gleeful shrieks.
Homes and yards are decorated with a myriad of
pumpkins, cobwebs, spiders, witches, tombstones
and more. Haunted houses spring up and are
punctuated by eldritch screams and howls. We
opened the front window just enough for spooky
sounds to be pumped through a hidden speaker.
This greeted the children in costume carrying
bags to be filled with candy as they made the
rounds yelling “trick or treat.” One year it
snowed on Halloween. Undeterred, the kids
donned their costumes over jackets. We
still recall the year our daughter decided to dress
in a witch’s costume; however, the pointy hat
kept falling off. She then threatened not to go
trick or treating if we “made her” wear the hat.
Whose idea was it to dress as a witch? Glancing
at one another, my husband and I smiled at
her “threat.” Our son painted tombstones for
the walkway on plywood. Snow is forecast
for the weekend so who knows about
kids parading in costumes? We have candy
no matter what happens. We live in a vibrant
neighborhood where people are friendly and
look out for one another as it should be in
life. Enjoy. Happy Halloween!