2009 update: Not only is it a great excuse to eat candy, but we get to turn back the clocks 1 hour tonight (either that or get to church an hour early tomorrow). Doubly sweet! Better yet, we moved this year so I can try my stupid joke on new kids. And it is Reformation Day and the weather is beautiful! This is shaping up to be the 4th best day of the year (after Easter, Christmas and birthday).
I like giving out Halloween candy (or Reformation Day candy, for those who oppose any costume/treat activities on October 31), but when our door bell rings 100 times then the dogs go nuts 100 times. Trend analysis is not their strong suit. One good thing is that this conversation gets repeated often:
Little kid: Look at the doggies!
Me: Actually, they are cats dressed up as dogs. Great costumes, eh?
Little kid: Really?
The reactions are pretty consistent. Little kids: laugh or look confused, adolescents: laughter, teens: (sometimes reluctant) grins. Try it if you have pets, free of charge.
Fortunately the production only lasts a couple hours. I just sit around playing my guitar in between visits.
Variety bags of candy always seem to have something objectionable in them. It is a conspiracy to dump their bad candy by packaging it with good stuff like Butterfingers. This year one bag had Almond Joys and another had chocolate Laffy Taffy. I’ll have to sneak those into their bags or my house may get egged.
My wife bought the movie Alien for the girls to watch. I heard a great comment on that last year. Most horror films (I’m not a fan of the genre, BTW) leave you saying to the characters, “Get out of the house, you idiot!” But with Alien that wasn’t an option, so it made it scarier.
Here’s a good perspective on Halloween and Christians by one of the most conservative blogs I read.
The dogs. Or possibly the cats.
For your parody pleasure, this is a great send up of The Shining by The Simpsons.