October 31, 2003

Is it just me or is this country trying to gradually do away with Halloween? Everywhere you go, you see "alternative" festivities advertised. Churches are the biggest offender with their "fall festivals," and I read an article that schools are moving more towards "harvest" themes, and trying to get away from traditional Halloween characters, especially witches. Are we scared that our children will grow up and put curses on us?

Well Kara and I tried to keep the torch burning while greeting trick-or-treaters and then hosting a party for friends afterwards (thanks to Kara for the use of her house and back yard).

Here's a picture of Kara scaring the crap out of trick-or-treaters.

Man we needed a video camera. Kids and adults alike were jumping and running and screaming. This one large group came in a van and they bolted straight back inside and you could hear the howling through the closed doors. I guess alot of people have seen The Ring. The costume was perfect and even gave me the heebie jeebies. It went beautifully, she's really got the walk down.

Here I am in my Norman costume.

One fella asked if I was granny from the Beverly Hillbillies. I guess we know who won the scariest costume contest. Just as well, the kids never would have gotten close enough to Kara to get any candy. Since she couldn't see very well, my job was to watch for trick-or-treaters and lure them up the driveway where the TV provided a visitor.

Halloween has always been the funnest night of the year. What a shame that kids are being deprived these days. There was probably only 3-4 houses on the street with porch lights on to welcome trick-or-treaters. The alternative festivals always give out candy. presumably so the kids won't feel deprived. Well, they ARE deprived. Walking around a flourescent lighted gym or cafeteria getting your bag filled with candy? It's not about the candy!


- Shrub