I love Halloween! As an adult, it's still pretty cool. But as a kid, it's pure awesome!
Any other day of the year, I would say no to my kids knocking on someone's door and taking candy from a stranger dressed in drag or as Godzilla. But, on Halloween, I encourage it.
If I were to wear a pink leotard, pink tights, a pink tutu, wrap my shoulders with a pink boa and then don a pink rhinestone tiara, people would probably think I was inebriated or crazy. If I then started walking up and down my block screaming, "I'm the Queen of Alameda! Everyone has to gimmie yummy candy!" in baby-talk, my neighbors wouldn't use words like, "Adorable!" and, "Darling!" But they do this for children on Halloween.
Every year, I look forward to walking around the neighborhood with my girls all dressed up. I also love watching the parade of costumed youngsters as I pass out candy from my doorway. Most of the time. I am visited by younger, school-aged children, but sometimes I get kids that look a wee bit too old to still be trick-or-treating. I'm always shocked when I answer the door to someone taller than me saying, "Trick or treat!" in a deep voice.
And what about the infant trick-or-treaters? Those babies can't even stand up on their own let alone eat candy!
You know what I say to all of that?
Bring. It. On.
I don't care one iota that hundreds of people flock over the bridges to our Island city to trick-or-treat. Actually, I'm proud that Alameda is a place where families feel comfortable and safe on Halloween.
My neighborhood gets hundreds, maybe even thousands of trick-or-treaters. This can expensive, but we only give out one piece to each guest, and the lights go out at 8 p.m. With bags of 100 pieces if candy for $10, it's doable.
And as for the age thing? I'd probably still go trick-or-treating if I thought my neighbors wouldn't call the police on me. Shoot, I basically do that now! About every 28 days or so I'm so jonesing for chocolate, I hit up all my friends begging for a Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! But that's another story.
So, yes, bring it on, enjoy Halloween, Alameda-style.