This year, the gang's all coming out to our place: my girlies, my brother, sister, brother-in-law and 2 Nephews Extraordinaire. It'll be a really full house, and to make things perfect, one of my dearest friends (who is a former make-up artist with the Vancouver Opera Company) is also going to be visiting that night. It's going to be quite a PAR-TAY, to say the least, and with all the mischief-makers in residence, it's hard to anticipate whether there will be more TRICKS or more TREATS on the agenda. (That thought alone is enough to boggle the mind, quite frankly.)
This morning, the topic-of-choice at the breakfast table was "Trick-or-Treat Strategy": our small Creatures-of-the-Night spent at least half an hour on speaker-phone with their Uncle (our family's Grand Master of Hallowe'en), trying to determine how to maximize candy-intake, within the limited opportunity of one evening.
They discussed candy bag size, and whether it might be wise to stop home to empty the haul in between canvassing blocks of houses. They noodled upon the possibility of riding their scooters, but nixed that idea when it was discovered that the youngest of the pack will be sporting a long Grim Reaper get-up, complete with gigantic scythe accessory... They wracked their brains to remember the most generous houses from last year, and ensured that their route would be accurate and inclusive. Then, horrified to discover that the Uncle had not yet planned his own costume, they threatened to dress him up in our finest Little Bo Peep outfit, a beautiful hand-made remnant from our dress-up box. (He laughed heartily, and wisely changed the subject.)
Wee Three was surprisingly sedate during this conversation. Usually the most enthusiastic of our resident junk food junkies, I noted a nonchalance in her attitude that did not accurately reflect the usual ricocheting-off-the-wall anticipatory hyperactivity.
Me: What's the scoop, Wee One? You not that excited about Hallowe'en this year?
Wee Three: (thoughtfully chewing a mouthful of cheerios) Oh, yeah... We'll get lots.
Me: Well, then. How do you plan to do that? What's YOUR strategy for the haul?
Wee Three: (eyes twinkling) Same as always, mum. It's easy: RUN!!!
Brings new meaning to the phrase Sugar Rush, non?