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I Love/Hate Halloween

November 1, 2007 - Phyllis Sigal
Trick-or-treat night is one of those traditions that you either love or hate ... or both.

I love it when the weather is nice enough to sit on chairs at the bottom of our front porch, drink a glass of wine and watch the Halloween fashions parade themselves up and the down the street, all the while hoping my 10 pounds of candy lasts the whole 60 minutes.

It usually doesn't. So — note to self — THREE five-pound bags next year! I really hate to disappoint those kids.

I love the little ones, especially, in their adorable costumes. So many princesses, lots of little Spidermen, a little miniature Hermoine from "Harry Potter" fame who looked exactly like Hermoine, little witches and goblins and scary faces. So cute.

I'm not so crazy about the big trick-or-treaters with no costumes and a pillow sack. Friends a block away have the rule that those without costumes must sing and dance for their treats. Maybe I'll try that next year. (Then I may not need that extra five pounds of candy!)

I'm also not so crazy about the parents who drag kids too tiny to even eat their treats around from house to house. Who will eat that bag full of candy? Mom and Dad, I suspect.

I love seeing the same little kids come back each year, noticing how they've grown up since last Halloween. (Except that it makes me feel old.)

I hate that I have to keep my cat inside, just for safety sake. I tell him it's for his own good as he sits by the door after dark.

I love the neighborhood teeming with people. It's such a festive night — kids everywhere, neighbors outside. But I hated those years when big hoards of middle-schoolers (mine included) congregated on the street corners with who-knows-what in mind. I loved when both children were home safely.

With trick-or-treat night over for yet another year, I'm sitting here enjoying a Tootsie Pop from a co-worker's leftover stash. I think that's my favorite part of Halloween ... just like Thanksgiving ... I love the leftovers!


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