Quote of the day: “It's as much fun to scare as to be scared." Vincent Price
Song of the day: “Little Ghost” by White Stripes
State of mind: sugar rushed
Once upon a time I was friends with a psychopath named Henry…. But we’ll get back to him later in this story.
The funny thing about growing up is that you don’t notice you are doing so until someone says something like, “Aren’t you a little old to be out trick or treating?” That is what happened to me when I was 15. I didn’t think I was too old. My mother didn’t, or she would have said so before I left that evening in my witty costume.
I was a dot. A yellow dot, to be precise. It was my minimalist year. I was quite proud of that costume, so when this old bitty asked me that I was ready to throw down! Ok, not really. Honestly, I was dumbfounded. Up until that point going out on Halloween was an unquestioned fact. October 31st would roll around and everyone got free goodies. What did age have to do with it?
It didn’t occur to me until later that maybe she meant the two punks that had been standing behind me that didn’t even bother to dress up. I am referring to Henry and his best friend at the time Mike, (his real name BTW). They had come to my tiny little town for some Halloween mischief… the kind that gets reported in the paper the next day as “record-breaking damage”.
At some point during the night after Mrs. Not-long-for-this-world dissed me, someone started picking on my costume. (It’s a safe bet it was Henry. This was High School. It was inevitable.) Somehow that teasing escalated though to terrifying proportions when someone *Henry* decided it would be amusing to chase me around the neighborhood chanting “Kill the dot, kill the dot” with a butterfly knife. Truthfully, the knife was probably as sharp as a muffin… or some other really dull thing, but I didn’t know that. I just knew that suddenly Halloween wasn’t so much fun anymore. I got over it, but I never wore yellow around him ever again, just in case.
I still love Halloween; and I will never, ever tell a kid that he or she is to old for trick or treating, because being a grown up really sucks and if you can put it off for as long as you can, I say do so.
Happy Halloween, everyone!! Stay safe.
Angel quote of the day:
Angelus: Bodies, bodies everywhere and not a drop to drink.