The Nichols household is ready for the trick or treaters, I think. I bought a lot of candy, on top of what my husband had gotten and I still don’t know if we have enough. Today is Saturday and it’s a gorgeous day in the neighborhood, so we may have underestimated, trick or treat may go extra long this year. The kids and parents won’t be cold, daylight savings time isn’t until tomorrow, and tomorrow is still part of the weekend, parents won’t especially care if their kids are hopped up on sugar. This may be a long night, we might have a candy rebellion and I don’t have any back up candy. Oh boy. I may have to batten down the hatches. If only we had a moat, I could then pull up the drawbridge, my husband and I have always fantasized about having a moat, over excited trick or treaters would be an excellent reason for having one.
This is the first year that my hubby and I haven’t been home for Halloween. I won’t be answering the door armed with a basket full of all kinds of different candy for the trick or treaters, both tiny and big. I won’t be listening for Jack’s high pitched bark alerting me to new customers waiting for their candy. It is weird not having purchased loads of temptation to hand out to others. Actually I have to confess that last year, I filled our copper tub with bags of candy and taped a sign saying “Help Yourself” and that worked like a charm. This year the poor kids aren’t even getting that, I’m sure that they won’t cry too hard. Blandford is a very generous town when it comes to Halloween parties and candy giving.
I remember years of going door to door with my two no matter what the weather was, we trudged through snow, we braved the rain and we shivered through windy nights. There were two, I think, balmy Halloweens which were awesome, no freezing, it was bliss. My two loved Halloween, or at least coming back home to go through their stash, they loved that. So did I when my sister and I would come back home, to go through all of the candy, getting happier with each piece that turned out to be a favorite. My favorites, notice that there is more than one, were Snickers, Three Musketeers, Reese Peanut Butter Cups, M & M’s, Nestle Crunch, Hersey’s Kisses, Kit-Kat and Twix, quite a list don’t you think? This year for once I won’t have to be tempted for days by any leftover candy, that will be a change. Actually Halloween is usually the gate opener for the holiday season of copious eating because in just a few more weeks we have Thanksgiving to prepare for and then devour. Shortly afterwards comes Christmas and all of its own goodies. So the eating season commences for one and all, an American tradition in the best sense. Personally I can’t wait to start cooking pies, stuffing, birds and other delectable treats.
So Happy Halloween everyone, and for those who live across the ocean, have a piece of candy just for kicks, it’ll be yummy I promise. 🙂