No matter what grownups say, Halloween is definitely for kids. I spent the evening helping hand out candy to 206 trick-or-treaters, some with pacifiers still in their mouths and others that probably could have been driving themselves around. For the most part the costumes were clever and worn with pride … Batman and Dracula, princesses and butterflies, mobsters and firemen. My personal favorites were the ones so small they had to climb the stairs on all fours — there was an adorable little panda, a ladybug with red hearts on her wings, and a baby dressed as a banana. Some had apparently already dipped into their stash, judging from the chocolate rim around their lips. The size of the trick-or-treat bag also seemed to increase with the size of the child … the smallest ones carried little plastic pumpkins and didn’t seem to know what to do with the candy; the older ones came holding out pillowcases. Optimists. I liked one little girl who kept coaching her younger sibling by whispering in her ear, “Say Happy Halloween!!”
These last two photos were taken at the Children’s Parade in Wolfeboro. The little girl in the pink was obviously the one in the know, and seemed to be giving last-minute instructions to the other girl – who apparently was happily buying it all. You can read the personalities of these two just by looking at them. Don’t they just beg a caption?