Davis and I at Trick or Trunk Sunday evening.
I didn't dress up as anything for Halloween today. I figured going out as myself would be scary enough.
So, tonight is the big trick or treat night. In Knoxville, I recall buying a good amount of candy the first year I was in my apartment and having only one trick or treater. And he was driven in by his parents to visit Uncle Michael for Halloween. In fact, I'd have to say the only trick or treaters I really had in Knoxville were Brainy Boy and Giggle Girl from Inn of the Last Home
. But boy howdy did they make out well when it came to the candy. I recall for a while Brainy Boy really liked jelly beans and I'd get him an entire big bag of Starbust jellybeans for Halloween.
What is the point of being Uncle Michael if you can't spoil the kids?
This year is my first year in my new house. I'm wondering how many trick or treaters I will have. I hear the weather forecast is not predicting good things for the prime trick or treat hours here in Nashville. For the sake of the munchkins, I hope that the rain holds off and they get in some quality candy time.
I was thinking back on all the costumes I had over the years. I went as Babe Ruth for a couple of years, a couple of years I was Batman. I was one of the characters from the Misfits of Science
(man, I loved that show...such a geek I am) one year and I even went as a rudimentary sixth Doctor from Doctor Who
. (I had the question mark supsenders made and people thought I was the Riddler from Batman). I have to admit I see all these cool costumes kids have now and I'm jealous. Back in the day we had the hot, plastic outfits and the masks with the elastic string to hold them on your face. I see the plethora of cool costumes the kids have these days and I want to be kid again if just for evening.
And let's face it, the big thing about Halloween was, the candy. I recall growing up on Air Force bases, it was pretty safe for trick or treating all over the housing. The MPs were out in force, patrolling to make sure no one was speeding and, for the most part, you were fairly safe on the base. I remember Halloween happened on a Friday one year and I trick or treated for hours. I was thinking this morning of the various candies I used to get and which ones I liked the best and which ones I'd rather trade in or not eat.
Which brings me to the questions of the day--what is the best kind of Halloween candy? What was your favorite growing up? And what was the one thing you didn't want to get or if you got it, you traded out with your friends or siblings? And now that we're grown up and giving out the candy what kind of candy do you give out?
posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/31/2006 08:44:00 AM