Last night was Trick-or-Treat! Columbus is old fashioned, I guess–we still do Halloween on Halloween. I remember growing up in Pennsylvania they made you trick-or-treat a day or two before Halloween. I think it was to “deter crime” but I can’t imagine why on earth it would make a difference. Kids will be kids. And criminally-minded adults will be criminally-minded adults…
Anyway, we live in a very active neighborhood, and active neighborhoods produce lots of Trick-or-Treaters. We had so many kids that we ran out of candy a good 20 minutes before time was up! We could hear screams and a chainsaw from around the bend. One of or neighbors must’ve been giving kids quite the scare. (Without the chain on the saw, I hope!)
My favorite costume was a little girl, about 10, who, from a distance, appeared to be dressed like a little colonial girl. She had on an 18th century bonnet, a long blue dress and an apron. How cute, I thought. Till she got closer, and I saw her face was painted like a zombie. She had a wooden sign and a noose hanging around her neck and blood coming from her mouth. “Who are you?” I asked. “A witch,” she said, “But they hung me.”
Uh… Coolest. Kid. Ever. Can I adopt you???
Over at the Colonial Williamsburg foundation, they put out weekly podcasts which I’m addicted to. They’re usually between ten and fifteen minutes long. The past two weeks they’ve recorded one of their nightly programs called, “Cry Witch” where they reenact an 18th century Witch Trial. You can find them on iTunes or here. These two episodes were actually pretty interesting. I found out that wearing men’s clothing was reason enough to accuse a woman of witchcraft.
Hope you had a great Halloween. Oh, and don’t forget, new The Dreamer pages tomorrow! They came out so cute!