Yesterday was Halloween and it was as busy as usual. Although it rained quite a bit yesterday, by the time we started trick or treating around 6:30 PM the weather was much more pleasant. We start that late because my town has an annual Halloween parade down Main Street and most of the kids take part. After that, the hundreds of kids and their parents and friends invade the five or six streets that make up the main village.
Until four years ago, we lived on a street two blocks away from our current house. Every year we would have two to three hundred kids come by. Our current house is on a busier street and there are no houses on the other side of the road, just part of one of the two large estates that anchor each end of Main Street. These were part of the land grant that first opened up this area of western New York in the late eighteenth century. In any case, we don't get many children over here, which makes it easier if Judith and I both decide to go with the kids. Katie, who is now fourteen, went with a friend of hers as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, respectively. William, now seven, was Spiderman and a darn fine one at that. He went with a friend who was also Spiderman and if I never hear "I'm the real Spiderman", "No, I'm the real Spiderman", it will be too soon.
Each of the children came home with a big stash of candy which, as I've reminded them, they can't take to school. Since I am working from home most of this week, I'll be happy to take care of it for them.