Happy Halloween! It’s also my father’s birthday; the ol’ ghoul would have been 103 today. I’m kind of like Arlo. Imagine that. I sometimes feel as if Halloween has been co-opted by adults and various agents of commercialism. I wouldn’t resent this so much, except I am all too aware that Halloween has always been the perfect kids’ holiday. It belonged to them. I guess I’ll have to concede that the days are past when parents would turn their children out into the night and hope they’d return, having inflicted no damages upon the neighbors that would rise to triple digits.

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