This year’s lightly-annotated list of Hallowe’en costumes:
- Li’l tiny kitten (She was 3, maybe 4 at the outside. Rang the bell, very clearly said “Trick or treat”, thanked me for the candy. Her mom, from the sidewalk, said “You did it all by yourself! I’m so proud of you!” So was I.)
- Li’l purple dragon
- Grim Reaper
- Traveler (or what we might, in less enlightened times, have called a “gypsy”)
- 2 boxes of Nerds (one was grape, I couldn’t make out the other; both had the Nutritional Information printed on the backs of their costumes)
- Bearded dad (The angel and bear both asked if we had gluten-free bars, which—turns out—apparently Aero fits the bill. I gave their dad a Coffin Crisp because a) the kids were super polite about it and b) he seemed really patient.)
- Great Pumpkin
- Santa Claus
We shut the light off at 9 pm, having watched the Knock Knock Ghost episode where they explore the Diefenbunker, among other spooky specials.
OK, it’s 10 pm and I’m turning off the light. I guess the rest of these chocolate bars are our delicious problem.
- 2 goth teens
- 2 witches
- 1 Wheat King
- 1 strawberry
- 1 jack-o-lantern, very excited that we were handing out full-size chocolate bars
- 1 skeleton
…for a total of 8, which I think is our lowest count in 22 years of living here.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think there might be a Coffee Crisp with my name on it.
It appears Hollow Bean has arrived again.
“They have an important celebration,” said E.T., “called Hollow Bean. Everyone carves faces in fruit squashes and dresses up in sheets.” Read more…William Kotzwinkle, E.T. The Book of the Green Planet
B. good, everyone.
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