There are few days on the calendar where we welcome the confrontation of our biggest fears, much less reward them. Next week, however, we’ll once again throw logic out the window as we open our doors to pirates and zombies. On any other night, groups of masked teens roaming the streets with empty bags would cause a panic; on Halloween, their vague threats (issued in the form of an ultimatum: “trick or treat”) result in bagfuls of candy. Heck, most of us even keep the porch lights on for them.
Growing up, logic was always in short supply around Halloween. Many of my friends had parents who’d spare no expense to outfit their kids in the latest superhero outfit. Some crafted outfits of their own out of wire and papier-mâche. My parents had seven children and a firm belief that if their kids wanted to go out and beg for candy, they could come up with their own costumes. This would have made perfect sense if their kids had had common sense. Unfortunately, we didn’t.