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I think it’s time to get into the Halloween spirit, I know, a little late. We used to decorate the house, and set up fun, spooky things to scar the kids. I had kind of let that go by the wayside for the past few years. Perhaps it’s time to re-vitalize my love for the eve of haunting.
One nice thing about living down here in Texas is, the weather is far better for the kids out trick or treating. I can remember having to bundle up so much that the use of a costume was nearly impossible, I said nearly. It was not uncommon to have a couple feet of snow, or temperatures in the negative degree. The kids could be very creative with their costumes, and it was always great fun to answer the door to find a whole passel of ghosts, goblins, witches, and monsters, all swaddled in warm clothes, waiting with bated breath to see what treat they would receive.
In my youth, the community would have a huge Halloween party at the County Fair Barn. there would be all sorts of fun and games. I am curious just who used to organize those parties. I know they have not happened for a few years now. There were activities such as bobbing for apples, and ghost stories told by the older kids. And of course always food, lots and lots of food. A great diversity of flavors, aromas, and textures. Each family would bring a dish or two, I don’t think anyone ever left hungry nor with energy to spare.
My siblings and I would go trick or treating the night of Hallows Eve, spend what seemed to me, hour upon hour visiting houses, collecting our sugary bounty. There were certain houses we all knew where the treat was spectacular, and they were always visited first. When I look back now, I find it amazing that we could just about cover the whole town in one night, not that it was a large town.
There were the fabled haunted houses, the Hand Hotel and the museum, that were rumored to be the resting place of a myriad of ghost and other hauntingly spooky creatures. Carefully planed, usually by Kel our dramatic oldest sister, visits to these places were always in order. By the time we returned home, there was candy and goodies to last a illusory lifetime.
We shall see what happens this year, and maybe discover some of the more interesting kids in the neighborhood. The hard part is the dogs, we will have to decide how to handle this, for they can be slightly disruptive. Many of the little kids are afraid of them even though all the dogs want to do is play with them.
I took a walk around the neighborhood last evening, and made a point of saying hi to everyone. Some looked at me as if I was a creature from another universe. I suspect they are not used to it yet, but I have time. I plan on making a regular stroll through the streets, maybe get people used to seeing me and hearing me greet them. Then I can work my way up getting to know more of them, and what they are about. How is your community today?
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