Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
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no Hallo-weenies

pointoforigin pointed out that Halloween is different these days than when we were kids. Remember what it used to be like? We'd get dressed up and go door-to-door gathering tooth-rot, and we got to see everyone in great costumes wandering the sidewalks of our neighborhoods. Remember how every kid in town used to work for days or weeks to make the perfect costume? Sure, for some it was only a sheet with holes for the eyes, but everyone used to get into the spirit. It was fun and made the world feel a bit more magical.

Now? I didn't see any kids dressed up, and I live in a residential neighborhood. I drove downtown to fetch amjhawk from "class" (nee "Henry's") last night, and I did manage to see a bunch of costumes. Mostly college women in varying shades of "sluttish," but no kids. Anthony, at least, had a great costume - as did I: PJs with horses, settlers, and native Americans emblazoned all over - but kids? Didn't see any.

What's that all about? What happened to the fun of Halloween? It used to be for kids, now it's for folks in college. pointoforigin suggests it's a security thing. Heck, when I was a kid, I used to take my little brother out tricker-treating (to use a phrase from one of curieuse's students) alone, the two of us; he was six years younger. Still is, I guess, but I digress.

How many tricker-treaters did I get at my house? None; count 'em: Zero. I even had the lights on - both the sidewalk rope-lights and front door-light - and candy ready. So I watched The Island for Halloween. Not bad, fun movie. But it wasn't Halloween without the kids in costumes. Sigh.

Chris
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