Last year at this time I was really bummed out because our move in date for our house was being tossed around so much. I was hoping to be in our home by Halloween, but that didn’t happen. My husband and I moved in just a week later, but missed all the trick-or-treaters in the subdivision.
I grew up on three acres of land and my family never had trick-or-treaters. Back then, before our street started to develop, it would take a good hour to walk to all the houses around us and not have much to show for it in the end. We always dressed up and went into Troy and hit up the subdivisions to cover the most ground in the least amount of time. I was never “big” on Halloween, probably because I’m not good at coming up with great costume ideas without buying the whole kit and caboodle. Our family would go out to the subdivision that we picked, but we would still buy candy in case someone dropped by before we left or after we got back. No one ever came. We even left a bucket of candy outside on our porch several times and came home to a full bucket. When I was little, I didn’t complain though. It just meant that my siblings and I got to split the candy, and of course we picked out the candy that we liked the most because we knew in the end it was going to us!
After you become too old to dress up and go door-to-door, Halloween isn’t much fun. My husband and I don’t have any kids so this year will be the first time that we experience Halloween in a different light. This year I’m really excited to see all the cute costumes and hand out candy. I hope that my first experience with trick-or-treaters is a good one!
By Kristen Harris