My favorite day of the entire year has to be Halloween. Years ago the Farmers’ Almanac broached the subject of moving trick or treating to a Saturday night. I heard from witches and wiccans who were offended, but it wasn’t the religious aspect of the date we wanted to change, just the popularly observed aspect of going door to door to collect candy or other treats from neighbors. The sheer joy of this activity is one of the few “family experiences” that I still enjoy as it all comes to my door.
I think it all dates back to my childhood, when my brother, Gene (Mr. Organized), used to map out the city and plot a strategy to visit the best places for candy. It was all about getting to the buildings with apartments and avoiding the kindly old ladies who would spoon popcorn into your bag. At the end of the night, we dumped a couple bags of goodies on the floor before our parents would abscond with it so we only consumed a healthy amount.
Because I remember the joy of getting treats and the excitement of making a “big kill” at certain homes, I have always given the king size bars at my place. As part of my editorial duties, every Oct. 31st I go on 92 Moose radio with Jon James from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. We talk almanac, play music, ask listeners trivia questions, and make mention of that year’s secret password. If a child knows the password, they get to choose 3 (or more) bars out of 20 varieties. I also have a haunted garage. The sheer number of kids I see each year has grown from 300 to almost 700 during a 3 hour stretch. In the past 10 years, I have had 5,500 tricksters take away over 20,000 candy treats. I am hooked on this event.
What will you do this Halloween? Does this day (or night) inspire you? Do your children still enjoy going out, or would they rather go to an organized party? Give me your take on this, the sweetest day of the year.