Ballerinas, lions, and ghosts at the door: Halloween 2010

Our block is a popular one on Halloween because the homes are close together and the families generous with their candy, so it makes for efficient trick-or-treating. I don’t normally keep track of the witches, football players, and lions, but I did this year because it is the last time. Our first visitor was a little girl in a pink-striped tuxedo with a plastic pumpkin already quite full of candy. IMG_8244

She came at 6:40 when it was barely dark. We had a few more candy collectors before 7:30, but the heaviest period was 7:30 to 8:30 when we had 13 groups totaling 79 children. The last girl came with her mom at 9:06. Then we put the candy in a bowl outside, but it was untouched in the morning. The 101 total children seemed to be only a third as many as last year, and I didn’t hear nearly the screaming and carousing on the block of other years. A friend nearby said she had 200 MORE than last year, so I guess that’s where they went, even though their homes are farther apart…IMG_8245 IMG_8251 IMG_8259 IMG_8272 IMG_8275


About Joan E. Strassmann

Evolutionary biologist, studies social behavior in insects & microbes, interested in education, travel, birds, tropics, nature, food; biology professor at Washington University in St. Louis
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