Trick or Treating

October 25, 2005 at 12:30 AM | Nostalgia | 1 Comment

Halloween’s just around the corner… and every year, I can’t help but think back to those simpler times back in the day when I used to go trick or treating on Halloween, going door to door peddling for candy around the neighborhood until we worked our feet to hamburger. And then at the end of the night, there was that almost overwhelming moment of satisfaction to see the fruit of a night’s hard work in the form of candy spilling out from bags deformed from the weight of their contents. The rumbling sound of all different kinds of sweets hitting the cleared-off table… it almost takes your breath away. Because it was all worth it… braving the cold, travelling great distances to get to the houses with the best candy… it was so worth it.

But this year, I tried to remember exactly when I stopped partaking in this crazy tradition. It was so many years ago, but I’m pretty sure that I stopped doing it before the fifth grade.

And why? I probably got pressured into stopping; I started believing what people told me. It seemed like people were always calling me out. I just remember that people would be like “Hey… aren’t you a little old to be trick or treating?” Brief pause. “OK fine… here’s some candy.” They would always call me out on that shit. I mean, thinking back on it, I was still a little kid, I have no idea what these people were thinking pulling something like that. But I guess it got to me. I was like, “my god, maybe it is time for me to put an end to all of this. I’m grown now, I can’t be doing this no more.” Which is all pretty absurd, considering how I had picked up the notion that I was “grown” back in the fifth grade.

And now here I am, way past my prime trick or treating years. Well, actually, I take that back… I’m now on the other end of tradition… kids be coming round, trying to trick me n shit, unless I give up the treats. It sucks being on this end.

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  1. Yeah, um, I think they were talking to me, and you were just standing next to me.

    Comment by LL — October 26, 2005 #

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