It's that magical night when children dress up and knock on doors in search of yummy, sugary treats and believe in everything good and fun in the scary but exciting darkness. Let yourself be young again for a little while tonight and share in just a little bit of that giddiness and hopping-on-one-foot-with-excitement joy.
When that sweet little girl practically screams at you to guess what she is, be sure you tell her that of course, she is a pretty purple princess. And pretend to be scared by the pint-sized Hulks and Batmen and Scream people holding out their pillowcases and plastic grocery bags for loot. And don't get too upset at the tiny ones who reach for more than one piece of candy. They are just learning the Halloween ropes; don't ruin it for them--it's not your job.
Just remember your Halloweens of your past--and pray that these little goblins get those very same memories to tuck away and treasure.
"A grandmother pretends she doesn't know who you are on Halloween."--Erma Bombeck
(Thanks to Mike Pinto, principal, Cole Elementary School, for sending this quote in his daily Morning Message e-mail.)