Halloween Karma

Perhaps I will begin the NaBloPoMo adventure by telling you about our Halloween.  Dolittle, being 13 now, had made plans to be with friends, but Rainbow, being 9, still planned to stroll the neighbourhood with me.  Now our house typically gets very few children… I think our record since living here up until this year was 5, so I was a bit surprised when the first children arrived at 4:30, still in daylight.  They were tiny though, so perhaps bedtime was really early, but it was certainly an indication that the evening would not be typical.

So when supper was over, I rather expected that she would anxiously be setting about preparations for our outing, but that did not appear to be the case.  No costume.  No makeup. Instead I find her folding oragami parrots.  Apparently, it was her plan to knock on doors and offer her parrots to people as a thank you for buying candy for children.  I have no idea where this all came from, but apparently that was the Halloween plan.  And when enough parrots were folded, she put on her costume and painted her face, and we set off trick or treating.

It was a lovely evening for the kids… warm and not raining.  And I was a bit surprised by the fact that Rainbow had suddenly developed a bit of a phobia to other trick or treaters.  If there was anyone at a house, she would not go there.  If there was someone coming down the street, she would go the other way.  I really don’t know where that was coming from, but the result was that the pattern of houses we visited was very random.

The first house she chose to go to with her paw full of paper parrots was a neighbour who often just drops by the house with a bag of cookies for the kids.  We don’t even know his real name as even he calls himself ‘Cookie Monster.’  So she knocks and Mrs. Monster comes to the door, Cookie right behind her, and Rainbow gives her a parrot, explaining that she had made it for them.  They tell her to wait for her treats and she says, “no. I just came to give you a parrot,” and then leaves.  Cookie is saying, “you have to get treats!” but still she refuses and continues to the next house.

And so it continued.  Sometimes she took treats, sometimes not.  Each house was as surprised as the last.  Once all the parrots were gone, the trick or treating as I expected actually began.  And after about an hour, she had had her fill of the holiday, and we went home to examine her loot.

In total we got 34 trick or treaters.  I was glad I had bought extra treats (mostly planning for leftovers, ahem).  Today Cookie Monster sent a grocery bag full of his left over treats to our house for the kids.  All, I expect, part of Halloween Karma.

How was your Halloween?


4 Responses to “Halloween Karma”

  1. 1 Quadelle November 2, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I would love to have a peek inside Rainbow’s brain to see the thought process that resulted in the thank you parrots. So very lovely.

    Halloween has not traditionally been celebrated in Australia, although it’s an import that is catching on. The prospect of free lollies, no doubt, driving its development. I had purposely decorated to make sure kids in our neighbourhood knew we were in on it. Last year we had six, this year twenty.

    We also made halloween mini cupcakes and delivered them to friends as a way to spread the fun.

  2. 2 Robin November 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    What a lovely gesture on Rainbow’s part! It sounds like it will be a memorable Halloween. I’m glad the good karma came back around to her so quickly.

    Our Halloween was spent with our granddaughters. Their trick-or-treat night was on the Thursday before Halloween. I have no idea why a lot of the communities here decide to have trick-or-treating on a night other than Halloween, especially when Halloween falls on a Saturday. We didn’t get to see them in their costumes (although we did see photos).

    Had we been home, we wouldn’t have had to hand out candy. We’re so far out in the country, with so much space between houses, that we don’t get trick-or-treaters. Kind of takes the fun out of the holiday.

  3. 3 Alto2 November 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Our Halloween was humid and uneventful. Wild Thing and Moose went around half the neighborhood on their own, although, shockingly, their father offered to escort them. I sat on the porch and passed out candy while Wizard played Wii. Kind of boring over all.

  4. 4 Doc Thelma November 2, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    What a sweet idea! I’ve never seen an origami parrot; are they easier than swans?

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