Halloween when I was a kid:
- It got dark before 5 pm, due to the early October return to Daylight Wastings Time (the opposite of Daylight Savings). It was DARK, and traipsing around the ‘hood was dangerous.
- Monster snowdrifts and slick patches of ice made it treacherous to wear any footwear except snow boots. Which meant that choosing any costume other than Sasquatch or a skier was sure to land you on your butt or freeze your tootsies.
- It was never more than 28 degrees Fahrenheit. Which meant we had to bundle up. Which meant that the costumes we’d so painstakingly put together would be seen only by the inside of our parkas.
Halloween for my kids:
- The sun set at 6 pm. There was still twilight for most of our Trick or Treating time.
- We have not yet seen snow this season. And the only ice I encountered was clinking in my gin and tonic.
- It was 77 degrees in my town during the day, in the 60s during Trick or Treating. I really don’t understand why people complain about global warming. Whales maybe, but people, no. Tessa’s and Reed’s get ups were front and center. No coats required.
Another side effect of this gradual transition to fall is the colors, all the three of them simultaneously. I can’t remember ever seeing them in such glory.
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