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October 23, 2011

Halloween not too scary at the Little house

"Trick or treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat." How long has it been since you heard that gleeful Halloween invocation? Perhaps it was this morning as your little ones tried on their costumes for the big day coming soon.

Those of us blessed with the opportunity of raising children have myriad memories of the season. Kaye and I cherish our share.

Like the most popular toys on the Christmas wish list, there are must-have Halloween costumes the kids are begging for. We've been given previews of our great-grandchildren's choices.

Zombies are big, along with the usual spate of superheroes — Spiderman, Superman, Captain America... We've seen the lineup running from monsters to a bumblebee. The cartoon characters are still with us, as well as old favorites such as Strawberry Shortcake, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Super Mario Brothers and Ghost Busters.

I suppose you'll dress up your young ones as "Harry Potter" characters, "Toy Story" favorites and Transformers. I, for one, will be pleased if I see witches, gypsies, ghosts, gangsters, pirates and princesses on our Morrisonville porch this Halloween. Nostalgia — that's what I like. Bring on the Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion. Show me some homemade creativity like walking trees and perambulating pigs.

Actually, I embrace them all, big and small. My hope is that every scrap of candy goes into treat bags and plastic pumpkins. If there are sweets left at the end of the night, I feel a personal responsibility to eat them all myself. I would hate to see them spoil by sitting around for more than a day.

I'd be surprised if we don't greet an occasional Charlie Sheen or Arnold Schwarzenegger and would be happy with a clown or hobo, as in the past.

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