Here we go again! Little and big people roaming your neighborhood asking for candy, gum, money or whatever you have.
The little ones are always the cutest. They ring your doorbell and announce “trick or treat!” Sometimes I want to ask them exactly what kind of trick they’d pull if I didn’t give them something, but that does seem rather cruel. After all, this is a yearly tradition and, usually, the parents are keeping watch from the sidewalk to make sure no perverts attack their children.
Speaking of that, isn’t it a shame that you really can’t trust anyone this day and age? I remember when Tommy was little. Sure, we’d go with him around the neighborhood, but it was more for visiting neighbors and friends than actually worrying about him being abducted.
As a matter of fact, when we first moved into this house in 1975, the doors were never locked until we went to bed at night. Kids and grown-ups would come and go all day long. Now, my doors are always locked. What’s happened to our world?
I love to see the costumes little kids wear. I must say there are some very imaginative parents in Columbia County and that’s great. Little ones should always keep that sense of wonder and never lose the curiosity to learn new things and experiment with different projects.
The older kids who come around are sometimes questionable. At what age is it no longer acceptable to put on a ghost costume and ask for candy? In reality, you’re probably never too old. Last year, I had a dad in a cape and a Batman sack asking for stuff. I gave him three or four pieces of candy because I knew he would be capable of “tricking” something at my house.
Halloween really is a fun time. Hopefully, the weather will be just right, allowing kids of all ages to go door to door.
How many of you remember what you dressed as in the “olden days”? The only thing I can remember is my Wonder Woman costume. It wasn’t anything like what she wears now. The colors were the same, but with no short-shorts and tight shirts. I did, however, have a red cape, and used it to hide my face at every door. I thought I was so cool and that I was really scaring people into giving me candy.
All right, little people and big people; this is your night. Have fun and eat lots of candy, but only after your parents check it out.
And please, don’t egg or toilet paper my house. I’m too old to go out and clean that stuff up.
Happy Halloween, Columbia County!
(Pat Fickle is a Martinez resident.)