Entry for October 28, 2007
Trick or Treat for Waukegan, Illinois was today. They limit it to two hours, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Since Halloween for this year is not until Wednesday, having Trick or Treat today may seem a bit strange. The city long ago decided to take control of Halloween, after the vandals had taken control of Halloween. To some extent, it is sad, although it does make it quite convenient for the adults. Every group of kids came to the house today with at least one adult to supervise.
When I was a kid, Trick or Treat was on Halloween no matter what day of the week it fell on. Kids ruled the streets, wraiths running from house to house for as far as you could see. Typically, we ran from whenever school let out until 9:30 p.m.
Last year there was the highest turnout of kids of any year that I have lived here. I gave away the contents of two bags of candy, and wound up finishing out the day giving away money. One quarter was given to each small kid and two quarters to each of the bigger kids. The kids and their parents loved it. I went broke.
This year I decided to plan for another mob, and walked out of Sam’s Club with two big bags of assorted candy bars. As I am typing this, it is past 4 p.m. and the fun for the kids has ended. There will probably be a few stragglers but there was no mob of kids to swarm us this year, just a couple of dozen. I am stuck with one and a half bags of left over candy bars. Whoops … ignore that last statement. I just flagged down my neighbor, who has three kids and plenty of visitors, and gave him a half of a bag of candy. Now I am down to just one bag. Just what a retired guy needs, a bag full of assorted temptations. I need to save some for my Granddaughter, who will be here on Wednesday. Maybe I will just send her home with ten pounds of chocolate. Yeah, let her Mom try to take it from her. Grandpa is a good guy, Mommy is bad. That is sweeter than any candy.
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