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October 15, 2006

Has Halloween Been Saved?

It's probably no secret that my favorite holiday is Halloween. I'm not even sure I can articulate my reasons, though of course a big one has been the nearly decade-long tradition of escorting Renee on her appointed rounds, bilking friendly neighborhood victims out of candy. From the early years when she alternated between fear of all the odd costumes to running up to doors and shouting "I want candy!" to the year when I was little more than an ambulatory freight container, every pocket bulging with her overflow loot, I've enjoyed each and every Halloween night. Dark, cold or warm, raining or not, it's been a joy.

I could see the writing on the wall when she finished fairly early last year, and hardly ever dug into her candy in the ensuing weeks. Earlier this year, we were talking about holidays, and I asked her what she thought. I told her I wouldn't be disappointed if she felt she was too grown up to do trick-or-treating this year (I lied). And she said, yeah, she didn't think she'd be doing it anymore. Oh cruel world!

Remember how I 'failed to mention' Kumoricon to Renee, and she found out about it anyway through her network of friends? That time, it worked to my disadvantage, leading to standing in long lines for hours, though I tried to console myself that this would be a substitute for those lost Halloween nights.

But now, it turns out that one of her buddies has proposed to Renee that they go trick-or-treating together, dressed as anime characters! The details have to be ironed out, and they may fold when her friend finds out that I require they have an adult escort (yeah, I'm gonna let a pair of eleven-year olds wander around a neighborhood after dark unprotected). But maybe it'll happen.

Honestly, as a parent I must require that there be a bodyguard along for the trip. But just as honestly, I hope it's gonna be me.

Posted by dpwakefield at October 15, 2006 03:55 PM

Comments

I see it the other way around. You are protecting the neighborhood from a pair of eleven-year olds. ^_~

Posted by: Adam at October 17, 2006 08:21 PM

Don't I know it! Last night, Renee *finally* received a call from her friend, ostensibly to work out the details (what time, whose neighborhood, which parent(s)), but ending in random chatter, multiple phone calls, and much delayed homework.

In the end, I *still* don't think we settled anything. You don't want to be in the room when an eleven-year old is on the phone with her buddy ;^)~

Posted by: Don Wakefield at October 19, 2006 08:01 AM

I can't seem to stop my daughter from going trick or treating. I am actually going to have to put my foot down to tell her she is too old (after this year).

Posted by: Lisa at October 19, 2006 10:34 PM

Lisa,

How old is she again?

Posted by: Don Wakefield at October 23, 2006 07:52 AM

13. I have been back and forth about it. However, my son who is 15 really is too old. After this year they will both be going to conventions so they can dress up for them instead. -_-

Posted by: Lisa at October 23, 2006 03:18 PM