“On Halloween, witches come true; wild ghosts escape from dreams. Each monster dances in the park.”

If I were to look up the definition of a fall day, I’d find a picture of today with its blue sky and warm sun. It is a perfect day for Halloween.

Ghosts and goblins wander on All Hallow’s Eve when the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead allows the dead to come back to earth to walk among the living. Footsteps become ominous. Look behind you just in case. If you see a shadow, run.

My brother and I were out late every Halloween. I remember leaves covering the sidewalk and piled in the street gutters. The leaves were yellow. Footsteps echoed. We’d see lots of other kids as we wandered, but as the night got older, we’d see fewer and fewer. My brother and I always decided to keep trick or treating thinking fewer kids, more candy.

We had favorite houses stored in our memories from year to year. The red house on Main Street was my favorite. It had a porch with columns across. An old lady always answered the door with bowl in hand. She’d let us pick the candy bar we wanted, yup, a five cent bar. The black and white house near school also gave out 5 cent bars. From that house, we’d cut through the town hall playground to the fire station then we’d work our way down Main Street.

When all the outside house lights went dark, we’d start for home, our treat bags slung over our shoulders. I remember so clearly those walks home. They were quiet. Our footsteps were the only sounds. The night was dark. I remember the shine of the street lights reflected on the sidewalk. We were never afraid. We had candy.

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6 Comments on ““On Halloween, witches come true; wild ghosts escape from dreams. Each monster dances in the park.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Luckily, for both of us the sky is clear and it’s a beautiful day. Tonight will be a full moon and the second one in October. The next full moon on Halloween won’t happen until 2036. I doubt I will be around to enjoy the moonlight.

    Yes, my wife figured out a system for the trick or treaters. We will but a bowl on a cardboard box and sit out on the bench in front of the house and fill the bowl with small amounts of candy for them to take. My daughter will wear her scrubs and stethoscope with a mask as her costume. It should be fun. I’m just looking forward to eating the leftovers. 🙂

    Halloween was one of the many highlights of the kid year. Obviously, Christmas/Chanukah, Valintines Day, birthday and Independence Day. Others included first day of camp.

    We’re heading out to look for houses with Halloween decorations.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      When I was a kid, I would have loved today and tonight. A full moon, how eerie and creepy. My mother would have made us bundle as it will be cold again tonight.

      I’m going to do the bowl system. I have full Chuckles boxes of candy, and I hope they take two or even three so they’ll be gone. I also have chocolate but only if I run out of Chuckles. I picked my favorite chocolate bars.

      You listed all the big days for kids, nothing missing.

  2. Christer. Says:

    We had the same weather over here 🙂

    Happy Halloween!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Christer

      I’ve got my candy ready, and the outside light is on to let kids know I’m home. I hope to have a couple of kids.

  3. Birgit Says:

    No Halloween kids I think, I had a small basket on my bike at the front door.
    Happy Halloween!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I’ve put my candy in a bowl in case I have to put it outside. I told my neighbors when they came thatI’d give them the rest of the candy.

      Happy Halloween!!


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