Traverse City Record-Eagle

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October 27, 2013

Ed Hungness: Popcorn balls, taffy apples

The time has arrived to dig to the bottom of the closet in search of the Halloween decorations and the costume box.

It must be in there someplace. Could it be in the attic with the Christmas decorations? How could anyone be expected to remember where they put something a year ago? The good news is that you know they didn’t get thrown out or donated to Goodwill. Or did they?

Thursday we observe what can be one of the easiest holidays of the year.

It only gets complicated if we choose to make it so. If you are retired or an empty nester, there is always the option of pulling the shades, turning off the lights, pretending you are not home and ignoring the doorbell. Another possibility is pulling up stakes and going out for dinner at your favorite restaurant. Or if you still feel like a kid, get dressed up in an outrageous costume, grab a flashlight and a shopping bag and hit the streets. Just pretend you are a child again and attempt to look small. You can have as much or as little fun as you like.

We live in a rural area with few children close by.

Parents might hesitate to let little ones roam alone down side roads that are sparsely lit. Consequently our annual visits from ghosts and goblins are few and far between.

Over the years, we have learned to buy our favorite candy for Halloween. Post holiday, we stash the leftover candy in the freezer and enjoy the bounty throughout the long winter. Frozen Snickers and Milky Way candy bars taste mighty good with a bowl of popcorn while cozying up by the fireplace in January.

When I was in grade school, Halloween was less commercialized. Costumes were handcrafted utilizing the child’s imagination and a helping hand from mom or dad.

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