Sunday, October 28, 2007
Haven't been updating here lately, but life just takes over sometimes. Soccer is winding up (though Kaleigh's team made the playoffs...yeehaw!), the RedSox are winning, and Halloween has taken over everything for a bit.
This is one of those times of the year where I remember how much I really love our neighborhood. The other day, our clan and a bunch of the neighborhood kids all decided to try out their costumes while bikeriding. I regret that I didn't have my camera out, but we had a lot of cars slowing down staring bewilderedly at Superman, Batman, Wolverine, a skeleton and a zombie of sorts, all zipping by on bikes.
And then the 'ghosting' started. If you are unfamiliar with ghosting it is a very cool tradition our neighbors have all been doing for several years. We sneak around at night, leaving treats on eachothers doorsteps, and doing the old "ring and run". The kids wait every year for this to start.
On the Thursday before Halloween, we have 'downtown trick or treating'. They close down Main Street from 4-6, and every kid in town comes down with costumes on. All the businesses are handing out candy, and some even set up little haunted houses inside. Even our fantasic dentist is out there in costume, handing out toothbrushes and floss! Another "can't miss" event.
Today we got home from our usual weekend round of soccer, and found a note on our door to head over to the neighbors. They had made caramel apples, and had everything laid out to carve pumpkins. When all was done, they spent close to an hour jumping in a big leave pile. These same neigbors will be over on Wednesday night for a big chili supper followed by trick or treating.
Fall in New England is fantastic anyway you look at it, but in a small town, it is even moreso.