BOO! Happy Halloween
(I thank Gattina for sharing this banner)
When you live up a dark road in the country a mile or more from town little children do not show up at your door very often. Perhaps, it is the howling wolves that scare them away. More likely they are too lazy to make the two mile trip for a candy apple. (I remember going a long way just to get one. Among the shouts on the street, "Trick or Treat!" and "Shell out, Shell out or I will turn your house inside out!", you would hope to hear hear, " Mrs ****** is giving out candy apples."We made a bee line for her place.
For years, I made candy apples, not so much to entice kids to my door but to make a little girl happy. (Sometimes we did them together). I made enough for the whole school (about 50 kids spread over eight grades), so she could take them and share them with the other children, for which she got recognition and praise. Well, she is all grown up now and I have no connection with the young local kids so I do not make candy apples any more. I don't even have enough good teeth left to eat the left over ones!
In 27 years, I think I have had six kids come to the door on Halloween, usually they were brought my their parents. Each year I always had some candy treat to give out. Usually, my son and I ended up eating it ourselves. At least I always bought the stuff I liked, knowing I would have to eat it.
I remember when Parker was little and we were the only white folk living on our New Haven, Connecticut street, I took him door to door. To my surprise, (and theirs, I think) when my 4 year old tow-headed devil in red knocked on my black Muslim neighbours they announced they did not celebrate Halloween. I didn't know and it seems they could not get in the spirit of this pagan custom. Others did and we soon had more candy than a little child should eat.
Perhaps, this year someone will come by. The new kids near by are teenagers so I don't expect them unless they want to scare me with a trick! If they do they might get a surprise with a couple of sows coming snorting up out of the dark looking for a treat!
I hope everyone has a lovely Halloween, particularly if you have little ones to get all excited about it.