Belated Halloween

I took Peter to a Halloween party for babies and toddlers last Saturday, 10/29.  In my only-slightly-biased opinion, he had one of the best homemade costumes.  He was definitely the cutest chef at the party.  It was all too fitting when he found a toy barbecue and spent a few minutes playing with it.  He also enjoyed snacking on the fresh fruit and veggie platters at the party.  It was crowded, though, so we only stayed for about an hour.

It started snowing as we drove home Saturday afternoon, and the snow didn’t stop until we were buried in a foot of heavy, wet snow.  This single nor’easter totally blew away the previous monthly snowfall record for October, which was about half a foot.  It also caused far more damage in the Worcester area than hurricane Irene did last summer.  The wet snow clung to leaves that had not yet fallen off the trees, and the tremendous weight snapped many large branches.  The dogwood trees and Japanese maples were particularly hard hit because they had lost few leaves.  Several in our neighborhood were completely uprooted when they fell over due to the weight of the snow.  Luckily, we did not lose power.  At the height of the storm, more than 670,000 Massachusetts households lost power.  I’m very thankful that our home stayed warm and cozy.

We spent Sunday shoveling snow and grocery shopping.  One of the grocery stores we visited had lost power, making for a dark and cold shopping experience.

Trick-or-treating was postponed from Monday to Thursday due to the snow.  I guess the town officials wanted to make sure that most of the snow would be melted before the trick-or-treaters took to the dark streets.  Son toyed with the idea of taking Peter trick-or-treating on Halloween.  By Thursday, though, Peter had developed an unpleasant cold, and we all agreed that it was best for him to observe the trick-or-treating rituals from the comfort of his house.  I, personally, believe that the ability to say “trick-or-treat” should be a prerequisite for trick-or-treating, anyhow.

I thought that we might have fewer trick-or-treaters this year because of the date change, but that turned out not to be the case.  They still showed up in large packs, quickly devouring our 130-piece Halloween candy assortment.

Last year, Son made a run to CVS to buy more candy for the trick-or-treaters at about 6:30 p.m.  This year, we simply turned off our lights when we ran out of candy just before 7 p.m.  Next year, please remind me to give out candy corn or individually-wrapped Smarties for Halloween.  About a hundred trick-or-treaters visit us on Halloween, and we really can’t afford to let them take fist-fulls of candy bars.  In the very least, I’ll have to become one of those moms who counts the number of trick-or-treaters, retrieves the appropriate number of candy bars, and deposits one into each bag.  No more choosing from an assortment of Kit-Kats, Whoppers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Pieces, and Milk Dudds; too many options make kids greedy.

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