Trick or treat, anyone?
My mum had warned us that on Halloween we are to expect a lot of knocks on our door as most of the village kids do the rounds. Dressed for success indeed. Costumes as far as the eye can see and some gorier than others. But, I got the distinct parental advice to make sure and buy enough sweets.
As one does, one follows parental advice...and not just the once! The last two Halloweens, Bob and I had put out all the stops. We especially went and got a selection of sweets. Both of us relived our childhood and overloaded the trolley with the sweets we would have loved. Mini Mars bars, Bounties, Gummi Bears etc. Of course the kids of today aren't stupid, as they accept cash as well. Never mind the usual;
" Cash or card "that you hear in shops everywhere, no, here it should be
" Sweets or cash "I only know because afterwards the various mothers tell me that the kids are always proud of the wad of dosh they collect over Halloween. Let me tell you, that they at times collect oodles of money and they try and improve on the amount every year. In fact they are rather genius as the various groups that go out to knock on doors make sure to have a little brother or sister along for the cuteness factor. Cute pays.
Our collection of villages lend themselves ideally for Halloween. The kids ( or the one day a year you can call them real Monsters ) can roam about without any danger. Well, the only danger they face is the often repeated face pinch of elderly ladies.
" Oh, aren't you cute! "often goes with a pinched cheek. Believe me, the village kids tell each other where to stand just out of arm's reach...
To be honest, Bob and I have not had the trick or treat crowd at our door. Two years in a row we were left with a mountain of sweets. This year we are going to buy sweets that we like...dark chocolate ( 80 % ) which of course will keep the loop intact. Nobody under the age of 30 likes dark chocolate. The warning will sweep through Kindergarden and school...
" Careful at Bob and Biggi's house. They give you chocolate that has gone off! "