Thursday, November 01, 2007
Remains of the Day
Our costumes were laying so nicely in a heap on the floor from last night that I had to snap this photo. It was another active, somewhat smokey, Halloween in Lincoln Park. I got to about 400 kids over here until I locked up and joined Mr. Big and the hubby on the streets. The 300 block of Jefferson did not disappointment. The red house added a large werewolf which became the perfect backdrop for many an on- the-street-photo. I noticed there were more dogs out for the holiday this year, including a black chihuahua who matched his tricker treating adult witch just perfectly. There were a number of bonfires in the area, which my eyes didn't really dig, and which I'm hoping doesn't become a tradition.
Things seemed to start earlier and last later this year. There were some early birds who started knocking on our door before it even got dark and who I refused to open the door for. I heard later that they said it was safer for the kids to go out while it was still light, to which I say that's no excuse here in Lincoln Park where it is safe to be on the streets after dark, especially on Halloween. Tradition is tradition. The crowd was still going strong after 9 p.m. when we came in to try to get the Big One to sleep.
I just saw the Lincoln Park clean up crew walk by: homeschoolers E and J who have a tradition of going around to pick up the Halloween trash from the sidewalks the day after Halloween. Thank you, guys. Hope you didn't have to pick up too many of the pretzels I handed out.
EAger to hear how some of the non-veterans weathered the storm.