October 31, 2019-
The last day of October has been many things, over the years. It is the birthday of one of my best friends, in boyhood. Haven’t seen him for many years, but he’s still alive and well, and almost a month my senior.
It is also the day when people on a fixed income start raiding their investments and usually bring the stock market down, just a tad. The holiday spending period thus begins.
For many, though, it’s a day of putting on costumes, of various levels of sophistication, from the white sheet with eye, nose and mouth slots cut out to the ten-foot T-Rex robo-suit. In recent years, I would sit outside my apartment, at a card table, with glowing jack o’lantern and bags of candy. Four or five people would stop and get a handful of treats. Most candy, though, ended up either being shared or being tossed.
Tonight, I left the place dark and went over to American Legion Post 6, where an organized party was in play, in a warm building with a modest buffet for those helping to give out treats. About 120 people, of various ages and costumes, showed up and were delighted to have treats in their bags and a cup of hot chocolate, or coffee for the adults. Two brought their costumed dogs, but alas, biscuits were not among our treats. About fifteen people who were invited in, declined, saying that they were afraid it was a government trap. Such are the times in which we live.
Nevertheless, there is much more to be said for helping out at a safe, organized Trick or Treat than sitting alone in the cold, looking as if I was begging for people to come by the table.