Trick or Treat...I suppose I've become "grumpy" but I'm always glad when this holiday is over, it has changed so much over the years. It was always a fun holiday for kids and we carved a pumpkin the night before which pretty much was it for elaborate decorations. Adults and teenaged siblings helped the costumed little kids go about the neighborhood getting free candy. Many in my generation can remember being "too old" to go Trick or Treating, usually somewhere around Jr. High age. Later generations saw a pillow case and a can of shaving cream as an ideal way to extort candy from the neighbors and adults began to have lavish parties that did not include any children. ... So what has happened? Retailers now call the season "Falloween", consumers spend more on decorations for Halloween than any other holiday and The National Trade Federation estimates about $6.8Billion (with a B) will be spent this year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween has the highest proportion of alcohol related traffic deaths of any holiday. There are 3% more of these type of fatalities on Halloween than on New Years Eve!!
So...Happy Halloween and be careful out there!