Thursday, November 1st, 2012

About two dozen trick-or-treaters came to the door of Our Humble O’Bode this year, all of them little ones. None of the sullen teenagers who threw on their football uniforms and held out a pillow case last year returned this year, so all those sugar beets we kept handy in a bucket by the door will have to go into the compost. (“What? It’s a sugar beet! Now scram!”)

And this year we saw none of the hatchet-in-the-head costumes that were so enormously popular the first few years we started handing out candy at our present address. Man, those used to give me nightmares! It’s one thing for an adult to wear a gory costume like that to a Halloween party, but totally another thing to see a sweet little six-year-old girl at your door smiling up at you with a knife dripping blood stuck right between her twinkling green eyes. So glad the popularity of that particular costume seems to have faded.

No, this year they were all Spider-Mans and fairies. The scariest costume I saw was a kid with a rubber werewolf head. That was it, just a rubber werewolf head. Shouted a muffled “Trick or treat!” from deep inside it, held out his plastic pail in the shape of a jack-o-lantern, then said “Thank you!” as he left. Almost all of them were polite enough to say “Thank you” this year, and except for the two at the end who grabbed as much candy as their greedy little hands could hold, they all took just one treat, or at least asked before they grabbed a second.

Best costume this year had to be the kid dressed as Frank Sinatra, not the way he dressed in his Vegas years but from back when Old Blue Eyes was just starting to croon. At least I think she was dressed as Frankie. Wasn’t singing New York, New York or anything else that would give it away, just wore a jacket and tie with a pretty sweet fedora. I guess I should’ve asked.

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