Decorations in place – check
Candy by the door – check
Chili ready for supper – check
Pumpkin dessert in the freezer – check
Ballgame on t.v. – check
Porch light on – check
But where were the ghouls, the goblins, the ghosts, and the witches?
I could blame the weather because by 6:15 it was raining, but the fact is we just don’t have trick-or-treaters in this neighborhood. The little girl next door used to come over to show us her costume and take away some candy, but ten years makes a lot of difference in the life of a child. She’s a high school senior now, coming and going in the big old pick-up her dad got for her.
|Witch's boots from embroidery machine|
And this isn’t the kind of neighborhood that would attract trick-or-treaters anyway. I wouldn’t trick-or-treat here either. Heck no! I’d go up to the “high rent” district on the golf course – or to some other “trophy house” neighborhood where the treats are bound to be better.
About 6:30, we were startled by a pounding at the door. There stood a kid of ten or so dressed in camo and carrying a knapsack. His dad was waiting at the street and we all laughed as I struggled to provide treats and keep Bess inside. That was our one and only trick-or-treater.
|Imagine "trick or treating" on this street.|
I don’t keep Halloween around when it’s over, so today I'm packing up the decorations in storage bins. Now, through the encouragement of fellow blogger Chris at the Last Resort, I will focus on a Thanksgiving theme, keeping Christmas in the background for a few weeks. But -- I have a list of Christmas "doins" from which I make choices. Time is growing short on the pre-Christmas schedule.
|Halloween gives way to Thanksgiving.|
So, this morning I’m cleaning the display stand – even the floor under it – and gathering my Thanksgiving / autumn decorations. And that’s a post for another day.
What about the Gilbert homestead, you ask? What is my alter ego Ina doing to get ready for her "skimpy Christmas." Oh, she's getting ready to get ready, as it were. More about her next month. KW