Come Inside

by on Mar.14, 2019, under Syndicated from the Web

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As a kid, I hated those rare houses on Halloween night where the homeowner made the kids come into the house for candy. I don’t think I dreaded being murdered or poisoned, so it was more about feeling awkward and not wanting to interact with a stranger and answer questions about my costume or whatever they would inevitably ask. Halloween isn’t about interpersonal communication. It’s about observing and experiencing and being paid a candy tribute for your costume. “Trick or Treat!” is the only requirement on our end.

Anyway, the neighbor across the street from me is one of those “come inside” guys. And he made me re-evaluate my old memories. He loves Halloween. As much as I do. He decorates the long winding walkway to his front door (which goes through thick tall bushes) with lights and ghosts and usually some older stuff I have stuffed in my garage from past displays. But the kids have to go inside. And he’s in there with loads of decorations, spooky music and sound effects, and a tableful of candy…tons of great candy (king size bars too).

This skeleton was hanging in there and it was delightfully Old School. And any kid that goes inside is getting a different kind of Halloween. And a very neat memory. And a scary one, as it’s dark and shadowy and strange in there. And I get that now.

So here’s to my neighbor. One of the Keepers of Halloween Spirit.

Wonderful photo by Theo.

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