Feeding the ghouls and goblins

We’re just one day away from Halloween and it’s time to talk about safety in trick or treating. I’m not talking about the kids, though that’s important.


I’m talking about homeowners. One year I wasn’t around to give out treats to the little angels and goblins. When I came home my birdbath was in pieces. I’m not saying anyone did it deliberately. It could have been an accident as children cut through the yard.


But it started me thinking about having more light in our yard. The porch light just isn’t enough. It would be so much easier if trick-or-treating happened in the daylight, but it doesn’t.


Through the years we’ve added a motion detector light, repaved our driveway and fixed the sidewalks. This year we added solar lights.


What we can’t change is kids’ habits. They don’t always use the driveway and sidewalks. They’re not supposed to go to houses where the owner doesn’t turn on the lights. They stand right up against the door so you can’t open it.


When I was a kid you only went to houses where you knew the owner. And you had to take of your mask and identify yourself. None of that happens now. I live in a community so parents bring kids by the carload. We have 100 houses so chances are they can hit a bunch right in a row.


They don’t take the time to take off their mask or identify themselves. After all they shouldn’t talk to strangers, even if you’re throwing candy in their bag. Even if it’s chocolate.


I learned from that first year. If I’m not home or just not feeling up to opening the door, I put the candy out on the porch in a bowl. The year I had pneumonia I put a sign on the bowl, “Take one and go quietly. Sick person inside.”


I have a better idea for a sign. “Take one and go quietly so you don’t wake the monster who lives inside, the one with the big snake.” That should do it.

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