Here it is the 20th of Oct, and I am not making any plans to give out candy, etc. Last year it was a nice night, no rain and not much wind. We had about 50 kids, and some of the costumes were really imaginative. But this year my heart just isn't in it. Do I go ahead and "treat" (ho ho) it as just another year, or do I turn out the lights and stay inside? I don't think there are many homes that do the old holiday things anymore. I mean, when was the last time for holiday caroling? Dancing round the Maypole? Do kids even go to find Easter eggs? Thankfully, fireworks are mostly the province of professionals on the 4th. And in these parts, Thanksgiving is in the first week of deer hunting season, so a lot of wives celebrate with a shopping spree and turkey TV dinners while the guys go huntin'. Christmas is mostly still the same, with big family and friends getting together for a dynamite dinner and family gossip (if you aren't there, they will talk about you).
Anyway, Halloween. My dentist says she is divided about whether she can in good conscience contribute to dental problems; and no, she didn't suggest giving toothbrushes to the kids. But I have no problems with that, everyone knows the parents eat half of it. Maybe more. But it won't be the same. Back when my friend was a kid, everyone went door-to-door, you went in the house, everyone tried to guess who you were, you got homemade candy, it was a jovial celebration. Not anymore, even small towns like ours often stage parties for the kids to go to in lieu of trick or treating. I guess eventually it will stop altogether. I remember when my kids were little that we were advised to check out the candy before they ate any (yeah, right), and to throw away anything that wasn't in a sealed wrapper (yummm). I'll probably do it this year, if the weather cooperates; we have been giving candy for at least 20 years, I think. And as I sit there at the driveway with this massive bowl of all my favorite kinds of candy, I'll make sure it is all OK.
I'll think it over during the next week. Meanwhile, here is my T-shirt for the day: "Photographer: I shoot people and sometimes chop off their heads."