Hope you had a nice Halloween, if you celebrated it yesterday in your part of the world. We had 208 trick-or-treaters this year, up from something like 145 last year. (Our house must not have been spooky enough this year—didn't scare any kids away.) I gave out full-size candy bars, which I've always wanted to do but never have. I lost my nerve late in the game and bolted to the grocery store to get more, because it looked like we were going to run out, but by the time I got home the crowds had dwindled to nothing and it turned out I had originally bought about the perfect amount—there were only a few left over from the original buy. Finally mastered my Halloween metrics, and didn't even know it.
Big thanks to the many, many people who sent in pictures to illustrate this post—I've been looking at Halloween shots all morning. Lots of cute kids and fun pics. These are Bob Zimmerman's kids "Draculaura" and "Plex."
Favorite kiddie exchange this year:
Me (to an adorable three-year-old dressed as some sort of princess): "Would you like a Three Musketeers, a Kit-Kat, or a Heath bar?"
Kid (quietly): Yes.
I think our neighborhood must be known as a good destination for non-neighborhood trick-or-treaters. That doesn't bother me at all—if a kid lives in a bad neighborhood in the city or an apartment building and can't trick-or-treat where they live, does that mean they shouldn't enjoy Halloween? This year I decided I wasn't going to begrudge the kids who were too old, either. Hey, they're going to be dealing very soon with the fact that they aren't kids any more. On balance maybe it's a win, but it sure seems like a loss on Halloween. I even remember how it felt, from when I was that age. Let them enjoy it one last time.
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