All Hallow's Eve Aught-Eight
Coming on Friday this year, Halloween had some extra punch, at least for the kids out trolling for candy. Visitors started showing up about two hours before sunset, and continued ringing the doorbell until about two hours after sunset. I was giving away individual Reese's peanut butter cups and Kit Kats, which got a few comments of approval. For some reason, Kit Kats rate a remarkably long Wiki entry; not so much for Reese's.
About 30 kids showed up at our house all together, none with outlandish costumes. My own favorite were a couple of very small kids -- 2 and 3, I'd guess, with their dad right next to them, dressed as bees. (The dad wasn't a bee, actually.) They were so small that he had to tell them not to be afraid to approach the door to receive their candy.
I'm happy to report that few high school kids came by. In years past, waves of them would typically turn up later in the evening. I don't have anything against high school kids per se (yet), but by the time you're in high school, you're "too old to trick-or-treat, too young to die." I wonder if Lilly will pay attention to my thinking on this in future years. Probably not.
Lilly and Ann went to a friend of Lilly's early in the game, and did most of their candy-seeking in that neighborhood, about half a mile from here, along with other girls. Since it was Friday, they busied themselves in this way until about 8:30, which suited me. I drove over to pick them up, and they both had pillow cases heavy with sweets. Bulging with candy. Laden down with confection. The mark of a fine time romping around, if you're a kid.