Back when I was about ten, I went trick or treating as a witch doctor. I got to a house that I didn't know who lived there and was greeted by a kindly looking old lady. When I routinely and without much enthusiaism stated, "Trick or treat," she responded by handing me a piece of religious literature. Now I was a recovering Catholic at the time and had had just about enough of Jesus' minions at private school that I was going to take for that day. I thought it was rather cruel to give me an inedible scrap of paper informing me that Jesus saves. I read it and responded that the only thing Jesus apparently saved was the $3.00 at the grocery store where He didn't buy any candy. I've changed a bit since then, matured maybe a little. I'm going to go out with the girls tomorrow night and try not to come home with a bagful of restraining orders.

Seven Replies to Happy Halloween

Amy Austin | October 31, 2009
Lol... I love to hear the stories behind the legend... ;-D Did you really say that to the Church Lady???

Lori Lancaster | October 31, 2009
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Steve West | October 31, 2009
Sadly, I am ashamed of myself. Again.

Amy Austin | October 31, 2009
Aw... don't feel bad! Obviously, the lady was trying to scare you with tricks instead of treats -- you had every right to be upset. ;-D Just wait until Jesus gets a hold of you, though...

Steve West | November 4, 2009
The Obamas got into the Halloween spirit. They handed out dried fruit to 2,000 trick or treaters. And just like that, they created 2,000 more Republicans. - Jimmy Fallon

Scott Hardie | November 25, 2009
Dressing at the witch doctor may have pushed the lady's buttons, but I would have liked to see her face if you had shown up the following year dressed as Jesus.

What did the girls wear this year?

Steve West | November 25, 2009
I wasn't yet that irreverent. Today, I would go dressed as Jesus and sing "Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me". Lauren was Spiderwoman and Olivia was a fairy princess.

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