Post [not really] pandemic Halloween

Yes, Skeletor landed right here in front of the Landfill. I don’t think he scared any trick-or-treaters. Rain and wind had blown in before I took this pic and they decamped to wherever.

Trick-or-treat here on the Planet Ann Arbor happens from 5-8 PM on Halloween. Usually no one shows up until about six. Today there were folks out just after five. I didn’t count the trick-or-treaters (I sometimes have) but it felt like they were coming out of the woodwork. For a while.

The neighbors to the south have been “partying” all weekend and they said the kids had been bugging them to go out since 3:30. That was about the time we were returning from a trip to the Scrap Box. More on that some other day. The [new] neighbors to the north (no children) were all set up with a table in their driveway and friends who came over to have fun handing out candy. I’m sure everyone was drinking. We certainly were.

Halloween customers have waxed and waned over the years. My first Halloween in this house we had quite a few trick-or-treaters and I was holding an 8-day-old baby. My mother was here. My dad had gone back to the yooperland to protect their house from whatever. Plenty of people were almost more interested in our newborn girl than candy. But not the kids of course.

For a number of years we got plenty of trick-or-treaters. Neighborhood kids who went to school with our kids, kids who got bused in, whatever.

And then there were a number of years when we didn’t seem to get many trick-or-treaters at all. I couldn’t figger why. Are they afraid of us old bags? Do they think we are handing out poisonous candy? Of course we are not doing that. I buy packaged snack size candy from the grocery store and the kids who do get our candy seem happy with it.

Tonight was different, almost like a new demographic has taken over. Until the wind came up and it started raining. Our last [late] customers were teenage girls with younger kids, probably siblings. The teenagers attend Skyline High, which didn’t exist when my kids went to high school.

So another Halloween is in the wraps. I bought a LOT of candy like I always do. We handed it out in handfuls like we always do. There’s still a lot left. I’m not sure what we’ll do with the candy. I do know that after Halloween is done we hit fast forward to Thanksgiving and xmas.

Oh, and we were not freaked out about meeting people unmasked for trick-or-treat but please remember that the pandemic is NOT over. We were meeting people outside and that works for me. I am glad we could all do trick-or-treat in a “normal” way this year. But I will still mask when I do have to go to the grocery store, etc. Too many breakthrough infections.

G’night, KW

One Response to “Post [not really] pandemic Halloween”

  1. Margaret Says:

    I missed Halloween this year but enjoyed it with the New York family. I do enjoy dressing in my Star Trek shirt and giving out treats.