Robin is wearing her costume from last year.
As a kid I always enjoyed Hallowe'en. I loved the dressing up, the spooky houses, the great decorations, and the candy... My Mom would do an elaborate design in one of the front windows, with ghouls, ghosts, and the carved pumpkin; she played spooky music and got dressed up as a witch.
At 17 I moved out on my own. My friends and I always got dress up and went downtown to the big street party Hallowe'en weekend. The costumes we saw were amazing, it was so much fun.
I lived in the Southend, in a very large house, which was divided into two flats; it had a wonderful large veranda and a beautiful yard. We would get together with our upstairs neighbours and decorate the veranda with ghosts, spider webs and bats, and we’d put out a large carved pumpkin. We pooled our treats; we’d dress up, and take turns answering the door. We got hundreds of kids… not from the area; as we knew all our neighbours. The kids came in by the car load from other parts of town, I assume they were thinking the people living in the large Southhend houses were all rich… when many of us were actually students in university; didn’t matter we had fun.
When I first bought my house we decorated the trees with ghosts made from sheets, we had bats hanging from the porch roof, there was a very scary witch hung on the door. I carved a large pumpkin and had treats for over one hundred kids. We got 2 kids.
Where I live, while part of the city, is at the very edge almost to the limits and it looks very rural.
The sidewalks end well before my house; there are only 6 houses, a pond, a large wooded area and my house before the next houses up the road. In back of my house there are woods until you reach the ocean.
Every year we decorated less and less, we buy treats for 20 and are lucky to get 10 kids. This year my pumpkin is the smallest one I’ve ever carved, there are no spooky decorations only a wreath of fall leaves on my door. I have treats for 20… just in case.
A late night Hallowe'en update: Total kids ZERO.
Even the year we had a torrential rain storm on Hallowe’en there was one brave boy out Trick - or - Treating. There was no weather related issue tonight; the weather is perfect the sky is clear, stars bright, and the air a crisp 4°C.
We had treats for 20, good thing I like Reese peanut butter cups and coffee crisp...
Hallowe'en on the East Coast.