Remember this? Halloween in Switzerland
We have burned effigies of Guy Fawkes, and launched firecrackers and rockets in London in a gruesome re-creation of the ill-fated gunpowder plot of 1605.
But for me Halloween meant having a costume big enough to fit over your winter jacket, ski pants, and tuque. It meant traipsing from one house to the next over common lawns and ONLY approaching houses burning Jack O'Lanterns at their front door. It meant screaming in mock terror at the pretend graveyards, and most importantly, it meant a seriously bulging bag of WRAPPED candy booty by the time we returned home with frozen feet and runny noses.
|The ninja, the witch and J as a vampire ghost(?)|
Consequently, J in his usual passion for all things holiday-related took it upon himself to help organise a group of like-minded souls and together this empowered little group made a plan. They nominated a house (not mine) as command central, plotted a route, recruited parents, and wrote a rather long-winded but lovely poem to recite at each door. The poem was quickly abandoned in favour of the traditional "Trick-or-Treat!".
|Trick-or-Treating beneath the Palms|
|...and in front of Birds of Paradise|
October 31 in Melbourne saw temperatures of 30c, not at all appropriate but the group soldiered on. They pounded on locked gates, they yelled into intercoms, they chased homeowners down long windy driveways, they climbed long stairs in search of hidden front doors, they sweated under their costumes in the humid air. In short, they worked hard!
Their booty was a tad pathetic. A banana and five-dollar note being my personal favorites. Most people answered their door looking bemused, and offered a Tim Tam or bowl of M&Ms to be shared. The idea of WRAPPED candy was not clear.
In the end though, the joy and magic were palpable amongst this little motley group of ghouls. J looked up us as we walked back to command central and inquired happily, "can we do this again next year?"