A sneak peek into my All Hallow's Eve~ can you guess what the children will become?
Trick or Treating in the boondocks is a different monster entirely than trick or treating in a city or suburb.
Trick or Treating in the City or Suburb:
Dress up kids. Go to a street corner. Walk house to house, say TRICK OR TREAT, get gobs of candy. Repeat. When you've gone far enough down the street, you cross the street, head down the other side and back into your car. "Trick or Treat". Gobs of candy. Done. A great 40 minute walk in the fresh night air- gobs of candy. No pressure. Non-commital. 20-40 minutes, depending on how greedy you are and your done.
Trick or Treating in the Country:
Up to a week beforehand- neighbors start calling, wondering whether the kids will be coming trick or treating on Halloween. (of course!) "What candy do they love most?" they ask. (ummmm....the sweet kind.)
Halloween Night: Dress up kids. Go in the car. Drive to the nearest house- 1/4 mile away. Trick or Treat! Come on in and let's visit. Drive to next house- 2 more miles away. Each house gets further away than the last. Each house requires AT LEAST a 10 minute visit. Sometimes up to 40 minutes. Total houses 'hit'- 7. Total time involved- 3 hours and 37 minutes, give or take an hour.
Last year, after working straight until the minute they had to be in their costumes and on their way out the door, I wearily said to Matt- "How about YOU take them trick or treating?! I'll be the get-readier and you can be the chauffeur. This could be your THING. You'll have so much fun! Beside- your really good at the whole kicking-the-dirt country visiting scene." So he did.
I stayed home and had a glass of wine. Lit a few candles. Did a bit of crocheting. Painted my toenails.
It was AWESOME.
So, here is hoping to that becoming a new tradition in this house. I have the yarn all picked out. ;-)
Happy Halloween, folks!
May your costumes not be itchy and your bellies be full of sugar!