Saturday, November 01, 2008

Country Halloween

It's not Charles Schultz's Great Pumpkin, but it's the spirit of Halloween here. Squint - you see pumpkin, right? It's the face of a fun event for our children, trick-or-treating in the cold and dark.

I stood with about eight of my neighbors at a card table with the light from a generator in what would otherwise have been total darkness. Yup, we were or had been imbibing. - who else would stand out in the insane cold and hand out candy? We all had bags of candy and spread out so that the children could trick-or-treat us in a simulation of going house-to-house. One Suburban pulled up, opened up the back and spilled out a half dozen confused toddlers in costume. I think they were the least thrilled.

Children of all ages came down our line. I know it's not the same as going house to house in town, but they don't know it, and they got an awful lot of candy from us in a short amount of time. Halloween is always cold and I'm amazed at the kids who are willing to freeze for free candy.

Warm? Try to stay warm on an open trailer, but the kids were such good sports. We were lucky to have dry weather. This is not a good time of year for an outdoors activity like a Halloween hay ride. It has rained off and on all day today, so we were lucky to have window last night that was just cold but dry

I am amazed - these kids really had a good time and I am so glad to have been a part of it. I had to pass on the peppermint schnapps for the adult trick-or-treaters, but I went home feeling like my bag was full.

Between trick-or-treaters, we talked about the cost and benefits of remote living. Yeah, there's cost, but I only count of the benefit side. Last night fell into the benefit side.


Mim said...

Sharon had the hard job. I was lucky we were on the trail the hay ride took. I didn't relize there were so many kids out here in the valley! It was the easiest Halloween ever. Two trucks with trailers, flat beds with straw, let out what seened like 50 children. They all ran up our driveway got candy and away they went. I closed the gate turned off the lights and it was over.

Robin said...

Sounds like you had a ghoul time!

MiniKat said...

I came for the fiber, got Halloween fun, and will be coming back for more. :-)