Happy Halloween, everybody!

The only thing that’s spooking me on this beautiful fall afternoon is the hordes of children that will descend upon our house in a few hours. You see, my landlord gives out full size candy bars.

Kids come from… well, I don’t how far away, but far enough that they need their parents to drive them. They swarm our front yard for hours, from just after dusk until around 8, when the candy supply runs out. Then we lock the doors, turn out all the lights, and hunker down in the house’s innermost rooms and wait for dawn, because the kids who miss out on the holy grail of trick-or-treating get… upset.

What are your Halloween traditions? Is anyone dressing up?

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7 Responses

  1. What kind of candy bars and where do you live?

  2. Snickers, mostly, and the baaaad part of town*.

    *Note: Bad part of town not actually all that scary.

  3. We live in the *good* part of the bad part of town. But that means that we’re within range of a LOT of poor people who don’t often get this much candy.

  4. Snickers, mostly, and the baaaad part of town*.

    *Note: Bad part of town not actually all that scary.

    Seriously. The number of people I know who get this look on their faces at the mere mention of your neighborhood…what the hell, people, it’s a neighborhood.

  5. The area’s reputation as the bad part of town is not entirely undeserved, but I think the reputation has even more to do with the fact that the locals are primarily people of color, particularly (near us) African-Americans. Who, as we all know, are scaaaaaaaary.

    And Alexx, I think the neighborhood’s poverty certainly helps drive up our turnout, but in middle-class Honkeytown where I grew up, we went just as nuts over that one house that handed out the full-size bars. I think it’s more a kid thing than an economic thing.

  6. Ha. I’m originally from Lawrence (which, incidentally, ain’t all that bad but people THINK it is), I can handle the *bad* part of town for a couple of candy bars. Be over shortly 🙂

  7. The area’s reputation as the bad part of town is not entirely undeserved, but I think the reputation has even more to do with the fact that the locals are primarily people of color, particularly (near us) African-Americans. Who, as we all know, are scaaaaaaaary.

    Precisely. Most of the people I’ve gotten the look from haven’t actually been to Dot, except in the sense that I’ve “been to” Gary, IN: eyes ahead, breath held, foot on the pedal. It’s absolutely a “that’s where those people live” thing.

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