brief snapshots in time. memories and thoughts. disorganized and random.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween

answering the door to hand out goodies to princesses and devils and crayons. skeletons and spiderman and the incredibles. they all reminded me of trick-or-treating when I was a kid.

my dad and our neighbor used to take us around the neighborhood. we got all dressed up in our costumes. then usually had to put on our ski jackets over them. it often snowed on Halloween, and was almost always cold.

it was long before masks were necessary. when we could be ourselves. but only with the people we knew. even in a small-ish town where we left our front door unlocked at night. my parents never let us go anywhere that they didn't know the neighbor.

tonight I had more trick-or-treaters than I have any of the seven Halloweens that I've lived here. and only one or two of the parents did I recognize.

perhaps parents don't worry about the things my parents worried about when we were kids. perhaps there are scarier things out there than questionable candy.

I'm glad to see that kids can be more carefree. that they can go door-to-door showing off their adorable costumes. I love seeing their creative costumes. the ones that parents didn't buy in the store. I love hearing them ask for candy, wishing me a Happy Halloween as they run down the steps on to the next house.

I think my favorite costume I saw tonight was the family with four kids, dresses as the Incredibles. perhaps it was the four kids and how much they reminded me of trick-or-treating with my brothers and sister. and the reminder of how much I used to (and still do) love Halloween.

I wonder what costumes everyone else enjoyed most tonight?


Rainypete said...

Our neighborhood was likea graveyard, and not in a good Halloween kind of way. Not many kids out and wayyy too quiet. I remember hearing the streets abuzz with laughter and the cries of trick or treat, but last night......very little of that.

Maybe next year I'll do some trick or treating of my own instead of just leading my daughter from house to house.

Jeremy said...

My kids made out like bandits...
My favorite costume was a little lamb, a baby girl all dressed up in this pink lamb outfit - it was adorable.

The costume I thought was the worse, was 2 New York Yankees - I gave them Dum Dum suckers.

GlitterGlamGirl05 said...

I love the care bear that came to my door. I wanted to pick her up and take her home with me -- or take her out trick or treating. The kids in my neighborhood got 5 bars a piece and I got told I was AWESOME. LOL.

Rebecca said...

Hey Ramblin Girl -
Do I sound like a jerk for saying I loved my kids costumes the best??? :) I'm only kidding... aside from them, my favorite was this one fairy princess I saw. She was just beautiful. Truly the prettiest costume ever. :)

BTW - I posted about that friendship theory I mentioned on your blog last week. See whatcha think...

Kate said...

I saw the cutest lamb, cow, monkey and dragon all together. These cute, cute 2 year olds in those onsie pajama thingys. Did I mention this was cute?

And reminded me of a joke: So a lamb, a cow, a monkey and a dragon all walk into a bar....