Trick or treating

My dad accompanied me and Namine while we went trick or treating around the neighborhood, and then some.

On the day or city had trick or treating, my parents came up to spend the day with us. Jessica and I made meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and carrots. We bought an apple pie, because there’s only so much time in the day. Trick or treating wasn’t until the late afternoon, so we had plenty of time to eat and talk.

After we were done eating, I helped Namine get ready. She wore the same costume as when we went trick or treating at the firehouse, dressed as Hunter from The Owl House. This time, I put some face paint on her, simulating Hunter’s chin scar.

I didn’t have a costume put together, but I did have a long-sleeved skeleton shirt that I threw on at the last minute. At the very last minute, I had the bright idea of asking Jessica to paint a skull on my face. With that done, we were off!

The first impressive house we stopped at was just a little ways away from our own. There were a few people dressed so convincing as horror movie characters, and stood so still, that we thought for a moment that they were props.

We also stopped at the church down the road, as we did last year, where there was a “trunk or treat” being hosted. Each stand where candy was being handed out was very well done. My favorites were the Costco stand and the campfire.

My dad, Namine, and I stopped at a great many houses. It got progressively colder, even starting to snow a little bit, which drove more people inside — including trick or treaters as well as the folks handing out candy.

Our true destination, the one house for which we set out this evening, was the one we lovingly call “the skeleton house.” We don’t know if it has an official name, so to speak, or who lives there. What we do know is that every year, they go all-out in decorating for Halloween.

Their yard was absolutely littered with skeletons. And not merely human skeletons, but there were horses, unicorns, alligators, mermaids, and more — all skeletons. The theme seemed to be a carnival or circus, and there was even a Ferris wheel.

By the time we got to the skeleton house, it was quite cold indeed. Namine still had some room in her candy bag, despite us having stopped at a good many houses on the way, but we didn’t stop at any more. At Namine’s request, we made a bee-line straight for home to warm up.

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