The "Potato Sack" girl and her parents came to visit us this evening. She seems to know she is more special when she has on her costume that her Mother made for her. The potatoes look very real and were made out of old pantie hose from the EtCetrea store. The lettering on the burlap was also hand printed with templates. It seems that sponsored events have taken place of the house-to-house trick and treating. Several of the Churches here in Seward are sponsoring a Trunk-or-treat event. The Methodist seem to have started that a few years ago. Adults seem to have gotten much more involved in Halloween Activities. It is surprising to see decorations on the White House and even the Nebraska Governor's dog was shown dressed up for the evening news. I suspect stimulating the economy may have something to do with promoting the Holliday. It's come a long way since I was a kid. The matter of Trick or Treating was not yet invented. We only knew the Trick part of the equation. Upsetting outhouses was one of the chief tricks. I have never ran any faster than getting away from an upset shanty when the owner heard the commotion and came out with a shot gun and hollering obscenities.
On another occasion some of us got tangled up in a chicken scratch-pen and never did get the shanty upset. Back in those days there were still many outhouses in the small towns. Seward had their share and so it wasn't unusual for some of the owners to move their shanty a couple feet to the front so the Tricksters would fall in the hole. While I never saw it happen, there were stories of owners guarding their shanty by setting in it. Then the guys would sneak up quietly and upset it with the door being on the bottom and trapping the old guy inside.
So we are much more civilized these days. It's much nicer to set in the living room and watch a Great-granddaughter get a candy out of the bowl and take it to her parents. They don't allow her to have any candy.
We had a good day today with Elaine going to Bible Study this morning, me going to Coffee, then doing Home Delivered Meals and Elaine getting a permanent during the afternoon. Carolyn came by while she was gone and I was working in the yard, Jon and Verlon both called in addition to John, Julie and Sadie coming over. It was a great day.