I love Halloween… such a magical mystery in the air! Even though it falls on a Monday this year, there are ways to be festive all day long: the dentist assistant has horns in her hair, and she’s allowed to stay that way; I can eat candy for my three meals, and no one looks at me funny.
Every year, we go to my friend Jennifer Trilling’s house for creepy foods and trick-or-treating. What’s cuter than kids in costume? Maybe dogs, but don’t let my children hear that. Trick-or-treating dates back to the Middle Ages, when people would go door to door for coins and treats. Trick-or-treating resembles the medieval practice of souling, when poor people would go door to door and receive coins in exchange for saying prayers for loved ones. Shakespeare indicates souling in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of “puling (whining) like a beggar at Hallowmas.” A theater major like myself always loves slipping in a little Shakespeare! In Scotland, children still do a “trick” for a treat- a ghost story or a song. So cute!
Jennifer just throws the best parties, and I am so grateful our families get to come together at least this one, very special, time of year. All ages, from grandparents to little ones, we all eat eyeballs and go door to door. This year, Mia and Lila, Jennifer’s older daughter, will be princesses and Rose and Dahlia, her youngest, will be Thing One and Thing Two. I asked Rose if she was going to be Thing One or Two, and she said, “We haven’t decided yet.” It turns out Jennifer and I have the same costume in mind- I just got off the phone with her- harried housewives. My kids said I should wear a mask, so I’m putting a mud one on.
Pictures to follow, I promise.
Have a happy, healthy Halloween!!