Thursday, November 02, 2006

Halloween at the Manor

Halloween '06. I went to work as "Three Hole Punch Zack." Anybody who is an avid fan of "The Office" will know what's up with that. Turned out that few people down at Us Airways did know. I realized early on that I was gonna be spending all day explaining my costume choice. Eventually whenever someone would ask about "those dots on your shirt," I would in turn ask, "Do you ever watch 'The Office?'" Then, when they shook their heads no, I would say, "Then don't worry about it."
I filled a huge tub with an enormous candy salad consisting of M&Ms, Snickers, Kit-Kats, Mike & Ikes, Now & Laters, Tootsie Rolls and Dum-Dums. My apologies to any candy I've omitted. Generally I would just grab a small handful and drop it into their bags. One little girl said excitedly to her parents as she walked away, "He's giving handfuls!" There were lots of princesses, one Darth Vader, many super heroes, and one kid who showed up as Napoleon Dynamite - complete with a Vote For Pedro t-shirt and nerdy afro. It was quite funny. On a couple of occasions we got the obligatory visit from young punky types whose voices were just a little too deep for Trick-or-Treating. But hey, those punky types need candy too. Who am I to deny them?
It was a fun night. There were actually two or three kids who knew about my shirt dots. "Hey, you're like the guy from The Office!", one kid said. Seems to me that Halloween is gradually becoming fun again, not withstanding the safety measures which have become necessary. Some things won't ever be what they were, the state of the world being what it is. I was happy to see parents accompanying most of the groups. Hooray for Halloween! Which besides being a lot of fun, is also the Big Kahuna of candy holidays.....Candy is awesome.