Growing up, we always had chili for dinner on Halloween. On Halloween morning, mom would put a big pot on and let it simmer slowly all day…until it was an enticingly well-melded concoction of flavors and textures. My mom makes a mean pot of chili—a veritable tribute to hearty, spicy, tomatoey deliciousness. She served it up in bowls topped with cheddar cheese and saltine crackers.
I understand why it was always chili; this was something mom could throw on the stove and not fuss with throughout the day, allowing her time to get all of us and our costumes organized. But, I think she also had a far more cunning reason for serving us her chili: we devoured it like it was going out of style. Thus, despite all tactical and otherwise strategic intentions on our part to eat as little dinner as possible and leave more room for candy, we went out into the Halloween night with bellies full of beans…clever mom!
These days, it seems like Halloween has changed a lot…at least in our neck of the woods. Kids go trick-or-treating around their parents’ office buildings or at the local shopping mall. What’s up with that? If they tried to pull that sort of thing on us, we would have staged an outright revolt!
Nothing can match the magic of trapsing around in the crisp night air with friends and siblings, never knowing what type of character you might encounter around each corner. The sound of scurrying feet, shouts, and laughter wafting through the darkness as fellow trick-or-treaters made their rounds, gave way to mounting excitement as our pillow cases filled with treats.
Anything could happen on Halloween. Anything, good or bad, was possible in our imagination—we were brave and happy revellers ready for all the night could offer...
Well, we were usually in bed by 8:30…but you know what I mean.
I’m sure that there are places where that kind of Halloween magic still exists, but it certainly belongs to days gone by in our neighborhood. Last year we had a total of two trick-or-treaters come to our door.
And, as I wait patiently on the porch, I’ll be thinking of all the wonderful ideas, recipes, stories, and photos I’ve seen during this VeganMofo. I have enjoyed it so heartily…thanks to all MoFoers everywhere…can’t wait to see you all next year!