Tonight is All Hallows’ Eve, better known as Halloween, better known still as Trick or Treat. It’s a holiday, a festival, a night out for the children, but darned if we don’t enjoy it too. No, not at costumes parties. At the front door watching the little ones parade up and down the street.
She of We doesn’t see many trick or treaters. Other than a next door neighbor, all the little ones have grown into real adults. But her porch is still festive for the day. Scarecrows greet you from the street to the door. Number Two Son of She has turned into a pumpkin carving expert, pairing up two carved gourds as kid friendly couples ala Woody and Buzz Lightyear to the children’s delight. He of We mounds some plastic pumpkins for a less labor intense look. They are all different but all say the same. Come on up and let us treat you.
Now, pumpkin carving, mum selecting, hay stack gathering all notwithstanding, the hardest part of prepping for Halloween is selecting the treats. So many choices. Do you go with full size candy bars and let word spread down the blocks that yours is the house to visit? Do you go for fun size and insist that each T-n-T-er take several at your one stop variety shop? Do you have treats targeted to specific age groups knowing the smallest of the crowd, those carried in a patient parent’s arms, will not appreciate the same caramel filled goodies as the six your olds? So many choices. And then there is the quantity. You don’t want to run out but how much is enough. Will impending foul weather shrink your number of visitors? Will you need more for a projected 50 degree night than if it were a 30 degree evening?
Yes, here is where the real planning takes shape. You know you’ve hit it right when you turn off the light, close the door, and have a piece left for each treat distributor. Of course, if you should happen to have a few hundred pieces left over, well, it’s not right to waste food.
Now, that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you?