At my school’s fall festival on Thursday, I found myself explaining Halloween to a guy from Malaysia. I described how children in the U.S. would dress up in costumes and go door to door on October 31. After ringing the doorbell and saying “Trick or Treat,” the inhabitant hands them gobs of candy. They could do this again and again until they tire — usually my kids could fill up a grocery bag full of candy. “Really?” he asked incredulously. “Yes,” I replied. “It’s a pretty crazy holiday, eh? No wonder the kids love it so much.”
My son still talks about the mammoth score he got on Woodlawn Avenue a couple of years ago. He was a little disappointed with the candy collection at the fall festival — so tomorrow night we’ll be heading to an apartment building that specializes in Halloween. They have a list of apartments where the residents are ready to hand out the candy. Oh, yes — we’ll be there.
In the meantime, to get into the Halloween mood — I suggest viewing the following video:
It features Pennywise the Clown from the television adaptation of Stephen King’s horror classic “It.” Tim Curry plays the role — and he doesn’t need much help. Everyone knows clowns are naturally scary.