Halloween Revisited

A Few Hundred Kids from “the ‘Hood” and from San Jose

  1. Original costumes: One little boy dressed as a mime silently moved his lips “Thank you,” and then bowed after I put some candy in his bag. One mom held a KFC bucket with her little doggie dressed as a chicken in the bucket. A boy designed his own costume of an obscure character from a video game I had never heard of, and patiently explained it all to me, even though he could have been running down the street with his buds racking up more candy. One young lady was a TARDIS. They all earned extra candies. Plus, parents who dressed-up had the best year ever at catching candy I tossed to them down the steps in the dark. I told them not to steal their kids’ stash!
  2. Most popular costumes: Disney princesses, Ninja turtles, followed by Day of the Dead (with fabulous make-up) and vampires, SF Giants and SF 49ers players.
  3. Family Awards: Father and Son Firefighters team; Father and Daughter/ Sons Superheroes; Family of five – All dressed up in different get-ups looking great.
  4. Costume, Make-up, and Hair Awards: A little girl in an elaborate sparkly blue dress said, “My Daddy made my dress.” Kids sporting white make-up, painstaking face-paintings and temporary tattoos, plus a topnotch head of dreadlocks all had their moms to thank.
  5. Safety Scale: High. Most Trick or Treaters carried glow-sticks, and a couple little kids sported special “light-up” Trick or Treat bags with glowing handles. Many parents carried flash lights.
  6. Kudos: Kids strolling past my house answering my call if they were going to come up the drive for candy: “Thanks but we were there already!”
  7. Oops Moment: One costumed dad told me he worked at the neighborhood fitness center. I told him I’m always seeing folks run through the local church’s parking lot as a shortcut (instead of running the full block.) I just figured the exercisers were too darned tired from the elaborate gym work-outs I see them doing every time my dog and I file past the shop. The guy was stunned. “REALLY?” From the sidewalk, I heard “Oh, NO!” from several people in this large group of Trick or Treaters. Next, people started yelling, “NOT ME!”
  8. A growing trend: Neighbors offering neighbors walking the ‘hood with their kids a red plastic cup of liquid treat aka California barrel-aged red wine.
  9. Post-Halloween Morning Toll: Five small candy wrappers and a lollipop stick = total trash in front of FOUR houses! No smashed pumpkins. No graffiti. No eggs. No toilet paper on trees. No hooliganism. No damage. WooHoo! Normal Everyday Toll (I live near restaurants): Multiple coffee and soft drink cups, cigarette butts, straws, candy and food wrappers, plastic lids, receipts, bags, and junk almost always left by adults.
  10. Best Year Ever! Kids Win!

Kathy Galgano

November 1, 2014