This year I outsourced the pumpkin carving to the entlings and we ended up with some sort of symbol of the Horde? from World of Warcraft and a face from Minesweeper? I'm clueless.
I obviously need to reawaken my inner reading theme pumpkin carver next year. In the meantime, check out David LaRochelle's stunning work.
But we maintained our tradition of asking trick or treaters to name a favorite book before we doled out the treats. When the parents accompany the children there is general approval of this question. It is very fun to hear a dad ask, "which one of the books we've been reading do you like right now?" to his little one.
I was interested in the mother, carrying and a candy bag on behalf of her 14 year old daughter who was "home passing out candy" for her while she accompanied the younger siblings about the neighborhood. Could she have some candy for her daughter? She said her daughter liked, "mysteries, not the old ones but those new ones." Have a Kit Kat, lady.
Still, most of the kids were fairly cheerful about the question. More than one recalled "oh, I remember this place from last year."
Book titles mentioned in return for Reeses Peanutbutter Cups this year included:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Harry Potter were the big winners this year.
George Washington's Socks
Cats to the Rescue
Short Life of Bree
Hunger Games (many)
Green Eggs and Ham
Lord of the Rings
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can you?
Cat in the Hat
Chronicles of Vladimir
Looking for Alaska (now THAT was interesting. From a very tall and deep voiced group)
Bad Girls Don't