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Halloween, My Favorite Time of Year

Halloween is my favorite time of year.   Any of you who know me, know that I take all things Halloween very seriously. Now, though, with a son of my own, I can't help but look back on my old childhood with longing.  I grew up in a small town, where everyone was (mostly) safe to walk the streets after dark any day of the year, but especially on Halloween. If anything, there were MORE adults on Halloween than other days.  I know now that perhaps my parents would disagree, but I never felt unsafe trick-or-treating.  Each year we would go to the costume contest put on by the Lions Club (and win it, mind you) before switching to our "snow gear appropriate" street costume to hit the houses up for candy.  We accepted home made treats from plenty of folks, probably most of whom my parents knew (probably).  And, as we got older, we knew there was a risk of TPing, egging, vandalism, etc. My dad would patrol his business' dumpsters to ward off anyone who wanted to set fire to …

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