Because it was Halloween, I took a vacation day last Friday to prepare for all the Trick or Treaters I was expecting that night. And I since I am sooo smart, I calculated we would have droves of kids as
- we are in a fairly new sub-division with lots of young families
- it was the weekend, and
- the weather was unseasonably warm.
And I was as eager for it to begin as all those little ghouls who soon would be parading down our street in a few short hours.
I had already organized the loot to hand out; 80 goody bags were carefully packed with equal amounts of chocolate bars, rockets and hard candy. Indoor decorating was completed days beforehand. Fresh batteries were installed in anything that glowed, cackled or swayed.
All that was left on my "To Do List" was to carve this year's real pumpkins, toast the seeds and decorate the yard. Of course, Dakotah, being a black cat and all, had to get into the "Spirit" of her holiday and help me de-guts-ify the gourds:
She really wasn't much help, to be honest.
But after a few hours I had the pumpkins finished, wired for light and placed on the front porch.
Ghosts were hung in the bushes and the rest of the outdoor
With just minutes before darkness fell, I was finally ready.
The movie "Halloween" was on TV (the good one from the 70's), the pizza was ready to cook, the wine chilled and all our real and fake pumpkins lit up as I sat in eager anticipation waiting for the doorbell to ring.
And I waited.
And waited some more.
Over the next three hours, I greeted a sum total of 27 tykes at our door.
Twenty - freakin' - seven.
So much for the theory that good weather, a weekend night and a new development would result in a flood of kiddos.
* Sigh. *
Which means I now have 53 bags of candy, as well as a huge cauldron of our own personal stash of The Best Stuff (come on, admit it; you do it too) left over.
Now nearly a week later, I've hardly made a dent in the pile.
What a shame.
But like a real trooper I'll keep hard at it, making sure it doesn't go to waist, er Waste.
At least I have about a month until the Christmas candy starts appearing, right?
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