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Trick or treat!

The Charlie Brown Halloween special is on tonight--and I watch it almost every year to get me into the spirit of the holiday. With all this talk about childhood bullying, don't you think it's  time they re-edit it so Charlie Brown gets something other than a rock? I remember trick or treating as a kid...and envy those kids whose parents actually plan a costume for their children ahead of time. Most years we just threw something together last minute, like "bum," which just demanded raggedy clothes (no shortage of them around our house) and burnt up cork to make a dirty face or 5:00 shadow. Sometimes I went as a hippy, and that wasn't very demanding either. I do remember the year that I was fascinated with bats, and my mom sewed me a costume. She sewed black wings onto a red shirt, and crocheted a black hat and sewed little bat ears into it. Why the red shirt? She was afraid I would get hit by a car if I were dressed all in black. Safety? Who wants to be safe on Halloween? My mother was really into safety and was also not a fan of plastic masks because she wanted me to be able to see where I was going. What? That's craziness! And yes, I wore a winter coat on the outside of my costume more years than not. I guess I should quit the bitching. Because we all know Halloween really is just all about the candy.

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