I rushed to the door to stare into earnest looking faces of Jack Sparrow and Minnie mouse. Aww! Aren’t they cuteeeeeee!! I gushed and rushed to get candy for the little trick or treaters. Long after they had gone past our house I was looking wistfully at them ringing on other doors in the neighborhood.
Sets of costumed characters made their appearance at our door step and I gleefully gave out candy. My FIL who was on the treadmill when the first few sets came and went made his appearance and was enthralled by the whole concept. When the next little tiger pressed our doorbell I let him open it and gave him the bowl of candy. Even before he could drop candy on the waiting child’s bowl, the kid picked a couple and was making to go to the next house. My FIL wouldn’t have it. He ran after the kid saying “Oh! you can’t go away empty handed. Come back! I will give you some candy.” The petrified kid froze looking this way and that. Eventually my FIL caught up with him and stuffed a handful of candy into his bag. The little one’s eyes lit up. He held one candy in his hand and said “I am taking this for my grand mom.” We all stood there watching him go with almost tears of happiness in our eyes.
Even as the candy ran out and we put out the porch lights, my FIL said “Vere enge indha madhiri kuzhandhaigal vaasal thedi vandhu chocolate kepa. Neriya kudungo ma. Ellam punyam.” Transliterated it means “Where else in the world will you have little kids knocking on your door asking for candy? Give them a lot. You will earn a lot of good karma.”
How true. We can dismiss Halloween as a commercially motivated holiday or give in to the festive spirit in us and make it a meaningful tradition. Its all in our eyes.
Happy Halloween though belated!