My favorite day of the year. How perfect is a day where you can pretend to be anything you want and get candy. You can participate or not, it is totally up to you. No one really cares either way.
When I was a kid we were allowed to go out until we were 12 and then we were too old to Trick or Treat. I like that now and think it should be adhered to. I don't like it when the big kids come with no costume and a pillow case to collect candy. That is just wrong.
The best place to trick or treat was Parkview Village in Oklahoma City. When dad would go to school we would stay there, there were 243 units with 7 to a section with a yard in front and swings. Every mom was June Cleaver minus the heels and pearls, a veritable candy fest on Halloween. You could collect a grocery sack full of great things like popcorn balls, candy apples, and of course the loose candy. You did not have to be afraid of what some lowlife scumbag might put in there to hurt you (seriously why would you do that, did you not get to go Trick or Treating when you were a kid). We were only allowed a piece a day and when you have a sack full of candy well it can last until Easter.
Do you know there are 9 BILLION pieces of candy corn sold a year? There will be some 41 million trick or treaters out this evening. (For those of you buried under snow, that just really sucks that you can't go get candy). There will be 116.7 million potential stops for candy, how much money are the candy companies making today? There are 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins produced in the US. We consume 24.7 pounds of candy a year, I know I do my fair share. And there are 1719 number of costume rental establishments in the US.
So what are you doing today, Trick or Treat?
Happy Anniversary mom and dad, 57 years and still going.
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