In the large city where I lived for the last 30 years, Halloween had all but died. When my children were small there was still a neighborhood pool, and we all knew each other (adults and children) from the summer swim meets. There was a hay ride at Halloween, and caroling at Christmas. But when the pool had to close, the mortar of the community was lost, and my children were no longer small. By the time I left my very polite large city home, I knew only a few families. On Halloween, I would never get more than ten trick-or-treaters.
Tonight was Halloween in my new, small community. I had been warned by the neighbors on our cul-de-sac of town homes that there would be A LOT of trick or treaters, and had bought a big 230-piece bag of goodies. The revelers started coming about five o’clock despite chill temperatures and a slow drizzle (snow is forecast later tonight). By 6:30 my 230 piece bag was all but gone, so I called my sister who lives across town and asked if she had any candy remaining. She had no goulish guests, so she said she would bring me her bag (about 70 pieces).
But just getting into the cul-de-sac proved a challenge. By the time she arrived, I had handed out protein bars, individual bags of Trader Joe’s Omega Tek Mix, and (to a group of three high school guys), cheese sticks, telling them that they were lucking into to the healthy snack tonight. My sister left me a (laughing) message saying that she could not get up the hill to my house for all the revelers. Eventually she arrived with the extra pieces.
The “official” end to the event must have been 7 o’clock, because the number of visitors dropped exponentially after that point. I continued to give out the remaining treats, then ran out of treats at 7:30, and turned off my light. What a delightful experience it was!! There was every type of costume, from the very professional princesses, to wonderful improvisational “mud man”, and everything in between. It was a great, polite crowd of all ages.
I love my new home. I can’t wait to see what happens on Halloween when the weather cooperates! We’re already planning a party for all our Burnsville family members next year, with appropriate adult beverages, to enjoy the fun.