Thursday, October 22, 2009
I was talking to a neighbor last night about Halloween. "I don't know what they're going to do this year, with Halloween being on a weekend," she said.
I was confused. "What do you mean?"
"Usually, the neighborhood has trick or treating on the weekend of Halloween."
"Why don't they have it on Halloween?"
"Oh you know. Safety. They have it in the afternoon."
Safety? Am I living in an unsafe neighborhood? My next door neighbor is a high-school coach and teacher. Other neighbor works in billing at the hospital. The two neighbors outside them are retired. Backyard neighbor is a maintenance manager; his wife is a teacher. Kids play on the street and move when a car approaches. We are one block from an elementary school, two blocks from a church, three blocks from city hall and an old folks' home. Old Chinese* grandfathers walk their grandchildren on the main street. Couples walk their dogs and babies after dark.
This is unsafe? So unsafe that children, possibly escorted by their parents, can't walk around from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.?
PS Don't even get me started on how they don't do the holiday on the holiday here. When does the City of Milwaukee have Fourth of July fireworks? On the third of July. Of course.
* Lots of Chinese postdocs at the medical center near here.