All Hallows Eve eve

In general, I suck at Halloween. The last time I attended a Halloween party, I only went because I had a massive crush on the girl who invited me. I dressed as Hester Prynne, all spare makeup with a buttoned-up white shirt under boxy black jumper that I’d basted a red felt “A” to. All night, I was surrounded by sexy witches and sexy nurses and just-out-of-college doods asking if the “A” stood for “Amy.” My crush showed me a dilapidated taxidermied mink that her aunt had given her, the name of which was Baby Algebra. I petted it politely, but in the main the evening sucked a very large bunch.

Back earlier, when I lived in Princeton, tons of cute kids in costume rang the doorbell on Halloween. Since then however, my living situation (in a retirees’ high-rise in Miami, in a boxy apartment building in Cambridge, and in our current home, one without a working porch light) has meant a large candy outlay (just in case we got a lot of trick-or-treaters) for a handful of youngsters.

This year, we’re going to try to get home from work really early, by 5:00 or 5:30. We’ll set out candles on the porch (we couldn’t get our act together in time to carve a pumpkin or anything — not that it’s made a difference in the past), tape some handmade spooky monster-eye and arched-cat silhouettes to the front windows, and hope to dole out the entire bowl of Reeses and Kit Kats and Snickers and stuff. Feel free to stop by.



2 Responses to “All Hallows Eve eve”

  1. Heather says:


    Visit Heather

    Our stupid-ass town had trick-ot-treat night last Weds. in order to dissuade hellraisers from vandalism…so I am feeling very unconnected from Halloween right now and it’s pissing me off! Hope you get lots o’ kids!:)

  2. Paula says:


    Visit Paula

    I’ll be there! Oh, wait…I love the Hester Prynne costume idea–genius!


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