So today after church I was sitting at home chilling out and catching up on my Tivo’d shows, and at 1:30 p.m. our doorbell rings. I open the door and there standing before me are three older kids dressed in costumes. “Trick or treat!” they chorused.
I asked, “Aren’t you out a bit early?”
“Nah,” replied the vampire, “it’s a Sunday so we have to be done early cuz of school.”
“Early, sure, but 1:30?” I answered. I told them to wait at the door, as we hadn’t even pulled out our candy yet. I quickly dumped our one large bag into a bowl and then passed out pieces to the three kids and sent them on their way. I mentioned it to Denis, who was also surprised they got such an early start.
Then a few minutes later I look out our window and there are DOZENS and DOZENS of kids roaming the neighborhood in costume. And I knew immediately that our one paltry bag of candy was not going to cut it.
You see, in 2001 Halloween was a bust here in NoNJ because of 9/11. Then in 2002 we figured we’d have a plethora of kids since we live next to an elementary school, but we only had about a dozen kids. Ditto for last year. But this year we found out why: most kids do their trick-or-treating right after school – which is when Denis and I were at work. So we only got the dozen or so kids that treat-or-treated after 7 p.m., when we get home. But the frenzy we had this afternoon – is it a Jersey thing, this not trick-or-treating at night? Or does everyone everywhere do it during the day now?
As predicted, our candy disappeared quickly, and we ended up breaking into our own private candy stash to give to the kids still out asking for candy. Most kids were in boring costumes, but I did beg to take the picture of one kid dressed as Fat Elvis, which was hysterical.
As for CootieGirl, since she’s so young and has no concept of Halloween, she did the church’s trunk-or-treat (our alternative to trick-or-treating) in her church outfit, which we dubbed her “Jackie O suit”. She raked in some candy. And yes, some of that candy went to the kids coming to our house.
What? She’ll never know.
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