My friend Jeff L. and I would try and outdo each other for excellent costume ideas (and he *totally* stole my best costume-idea ever when I asked him for a tall, skinny box he had to make a nuclear missile costume out of, and he said no - and then made it himself!) and we would plan our candy extraction route with military precision - even down to finding out exactly when the sun set, precisely when we had to be home, and making dry runs the week before so we knew how long it took to walk where (allowing for candy stops, of course).
But no more. These days, a few kidlets come around, but only a handful. Mostly they go to ::gasp:: shopping malls! Brightly lit, and usually by day, and not even on Halloween. This completely sucks the spirit out ouf Halloween.
Whilst doing laundy at my grandfather's house, I saw some incredibly adorable kidlets in various costumes (though none as cool as mine - in the past I was a knight on a cardboard horse, a pilot flying a cardboard bomber, a Genuardi's supermarket, a sprig of Esparagus, Tron, and various others. I loooooove costume contests, I was such a ham.) Nowhere near enough kids. I want troops and troops of the little buggers at my doorstep! I want an overload of Halloween cuteness! I want to decorate my house all spooky, and make them cross the Haunted Living Room to get a piece of candy out of a cauldron (of which I bought several from Target, because, by golly, they were only 79 cents, and can be used for all sorts of things!)
Oh, for a spookier Halloween!