The Great Pumpkin Made Me Do it
I did something last night that surprised myself, and that’s always a good thing these days. I watched ” Its The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” the preverbeal 1960s Halloween show.
It was comforting to see the old Peanuts gang looking so healthy and young. Pig Pen and Linus are still my favorites. Charlie Brown has a defeatist attitude, so I never got into him. I told my wife, Maureen, while watching that program, it rejuvenated my interest in Halloween and trick-or-treating. Things are going to be different this year I declared.
As a child, I fondly remember the anticipation of Halloween. When October 1st came around, the kids in my neighborhood counted the days until the 31st. Back in the day ( 1950s), we celebrated Halloween on the actual date and did our begging on that evening, in the dark and even if it was a school night. We were tough kids back in those days, staying up late and actually going to school the next day. We didn’t need a weekend to recover and didn’t know what a safe room was. Trick-or-treating was damn serious stuff for us, and we were good at it.
In a fit of nostalgia, I announced to my wife that I will go trick-or-treating this year. For now, she is going along with the idea as if I am joking. I tell her, I am not, and she can hide and watch. As for a costume, I will wear a black t-shirt, a black jacket, jeans and sneakers and possibly a Texas Rangers ballcap if the weather is inclement. I will not carry a glow stick or a flashlight, that’s for babies. If for some reason, I cant find a group of kids to walk with, I will trudge on by myself. I am determined to experience one last Halloween before that tall, robe wearing dude with a sickle knocks on my door. This has evolved into a bucket list thing and I must see it through.
I have given this some thought and have worked out the perfect plan that will be accepted in todays society. When I ring the first doorbell and a smiling man or woman answers, holding their bowel of candy, I will say trick-or-treat. Their first reaction will be to say, “where’s your grandkid, or what the hell is this.” Either one I’m ready. I will look them straight in their parental eye and say, ” I identify as a 6 year old.” I will either come home with a full bag of goodies or be bonding out of jail. Its going to be a good Halloween this year.