She inspired me with her post of yesterday. And she was inspired from Lyn's blog, The Witches of Halloween post by Grandfather Oak.
Our neighborhood is one of those off the beaten track kinda places. You have to twist and turn to get here. We are not far from the interstate, not far from the largest mall in Albuquerque and not far from major streets but we don't have alot of vehicle or foot traffic except for those who live near or in the area or those that think they are going to catch a break and find a short cut through the neighborhood....and that's not happening any time soon. tee hee
But on Halloween, we have always had oodles of trick or treaters. Most of them being neighborhood kids or friend of. But the last few years the numbers have been falling off. It is a sad situation for sure. Lots of folks in the neighborhood quit having their lights on, decorating or participating in giving out goodies within the last 5 years too. So I guess the tricker treater bee don't have any honey to gather so...it is one of those cause and effect kinda things.
But not very long ago.............I would set up a fortune teller booth out in the driveway with dark blue curtains with moons and stars sewn on in shades of yellow and beware the fortune teller banner afixed to it. I would have kids lined up not only to get their palms read but also to watch what the other kids would do when I "red" their palms. It's one of those kinda fun things that kids will do even if they know what might happen. Never gets old, I guess.
The kid walks in, sits down on the stool and hands me their hand palm up. I "read" the lines and crevices all the while blathering some mumbo jumbo. Sometimes they get a fortune fish and candy........sometimes I paint their little palms red with poster paint and smile.... and then give them candy. After about 25 years of doing this schtick at school carnivals, haunted houses or here at home, I'm not half bad at what I do. I've only had one kid get indignant about the red paint and he was an older kid, friend of a friend, and thought he had a stage to be ugly but the kids took care of it with jeers and laughter. He finally went along with the fun.
As we were going through the Halloween decos to put up, the grands asked me if I was going to do the "red lady" as Ry called it. After having only 20 trick or treaters last year, I'm contemplating that my side show has gone the way of the dodo bird. I fear I am getting too old to sit out in the cold or rain and wait for whispering, "no you go first", "uh uh, you go" or squealing and laughter and "oh I'm getting my palm red, just watch". Or the occasional parent who would also like their palm read....for real.
Well on second thought,........maybe, yep I just changed my mind. I guess I would miss the anticipation and tummy tickling I get from waiting in the dark to see what Halloween brings.