I LOVE Halloween. It's far and away my absolute all-time favorite tradition. And it's not just the adorable spectacle of hoards of children and teenagers coming to my door for candy, but the traditions of Samhien as well. Inside, I have a few dozen decorations, from cute to the macabre (mostly macabre! :twisted
set on various tables, walls and counter tops: candles, bats, black cats, skulls, gargoyles, ghosts, wolves, dragons, oh yeah and some pumpkins, too. The large storm window is lit with bright orange lights drooping eerily below while a glowing black cat keeps it's presence in mind. And outside, there's a bunch of lights scattered throughout the small bushes and tree, flashing purple and orange.
In the past, I'd bought several huge bags of candy: M&Ms, Snickers, Reese's, Hershey's, all the little goodies and then some. And they were all given out in handfuls of 3 or 4 at a time. This year was a little different though. This year, because I had a stroke in March of 2006, I remain unemployed, sadly, and I rely entirely on Social Security, barely surviving right now. But for me it was of prime importance to make sure the kids still get candy. I bought only one large bag and two smaller bags of candy and decided each kid would only get one piece of candy from me this year. I was worried about how this would go through though. Did everybody else give out 5 pieces of candy each, like I used to? Would they know I only had one piece for each of them? I set it all out to see how well I could do.
As it turned out, I was literally thrilled to tears there were so many kids out there. Pirates, princesses, Darth Vaders, kids with H U G E Mexican sombreros, Batmen and Robins, (no Supermen this year) cheerleaders, Japanese samari's and many many others were presented; each of them asking "Trick or treat?" and each one recieving just one piece of candy from me. I gave out about 130 pieces and had to close the door at 8 pm when I passed out the last piece. And you know what? Not a single kid ever said anything bad about 'just one piece of candy'. They all greeted me with fun in their voices and always thanked me pleasantly and ran off to the next house in their continual fervent jubilation. And a lot of the moms and dads even complimented me on the neat-o lights I did!
So I learned something last night. (cues up Kyle from South Park) Despite my meager offerings this year, the kids had a GREAT time out there anyways.
And I did, too.