So today is Halloween-- or "Holloween," as people persist in mispronouncing it. And tonight is trick-or-treat. Out here on a gravel road in deep rural America, if the past few years are any indication, that means I can expect maybe three trick-or-treaters all evening long.
It's not worth it, staying in gear all evening long, even (as I've done some years) dressing up in a costume myself. Not for only three kids all evening long. So I didn't bother to get any candy this year. And I'll be turning out all the lights this evening, pretending I'm not home, and conducting myself like a greying fifty-something who would rather not put himself out on a quiet Sunday evening if he doesn't have to.