“So, Professor, have you prepared treats for trick – or – treaters?” students asked me today.
I said yes and explained about the multicultural candy.
N and I made a point of getting home early, turned on the porch light, prepared the candy, and sat down to wait. Five hours later and not a single trick – or – treater in sight, we realized that something had gone terribly wrong. The street was empty and deserted and nobody’s lights were on.
So we went online to investigate. And that was when we discovered that our town had decided – for no reason we have been able to discern – to move Halloween this year to yesterday. It was held from noon till nine pm. I’m not sure who can be expected to be at home at noon on Thursday and why anybody would want to move Halloween. But here we are, having missed it completely and feeling like total immigrants.
At least, my students will be happy because I will give them the multicultural candy.
P.S. And please, please, please don’t tell me I should have asked colleagues with small children about Halloween’s date. Who in their right mind would even think of asking people if Halloween has, by any chance, been moved? It was done on October 31 last year. Google says Halloween is October 31. There are people in costumes all over the place every October 31, including today. How the flying fuck should I have known to ask?
One good thing is that I was too tired to get a costume tonight. Or I would feel even more stupid.