The Halloween that Almost Wasn’t

Yesterday was Halloween.  Almost didn’t happen for us.

The weather here got worse as the day went on.  So much so that right after I took a photo of the girls on the porch in their costumes that the bottom fell out.  It poured rain and continued to get worse, developing into some of the strongest wind and tornado warnings until 2am. We were minutes from spending most of the night in the basement.

With it raining, I heard about the mall giving out candy so we headed there.

Not the best idea.

To say the line was RIDICULOUS would be putting it mildly.  Take a look:

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It was like this around the entire mall.  After an hour of standing in line, we had gotten a grand total of 5 pieces of candy from 3 stores.  Several stores had signs up that said they were out of candy.  The girls did great but it really bothered me.  Nothing we could do about the rain, though.  So we went to grab a bite to eat and then went over to the Mudd’s house to hang out for a bit.  Gina was at work and it was just me, the girls, Becky, and Ida.  In the pouring rain.  In the crazy traffic.

Lauren said “This has been the worst Halloween of my whole life.”

But the weather today was much better.  And around 6pm, many of the families in the neighborhood came out and started to go trick or treating.  I was skeptical about anyone participating but it turned out to be the same as if we went on Halloween.

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And Becky stayed to pass out candy:

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I was blown away by the subdivision.  We walked an hour and a half trick or treating with the girls.  Not one single time did we see a car following their kids around while the parents drove and the kids walked.  That was a common sight back in Georgia.  Families were out walking and those passing out candy were usually sitting on the porch.  It just felt comfortable and friendly.  Many of the people stopped and talked to us.  It was just a great time.

And the girls Halloween was redeemed as they both had plastic pumpkins so full of candy they were almost too heavy to carry.  Lauren with this “witch noise” and Emily repeating “Happy Halloween Day” it turned out to be a great night after all.

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