The sentiment among the moms and dads I know was that during our youth we trick-or-treated for hours. My cousin's birthday is on Halloween and I remember many times during my childhood trick-or-treating in my aunt and uncle's neighborhood. We'd come home, unload our candy into a huge bucket, and go out again. We ran. For hours and hours.
Only two hours?!
Doesn't seem fair to the youth of today.
Last year my friend and I took 6 of our 7 kids trick-or-treating together. We rang the first doorbell at 5:30 on the dot. After what seemed like the allotted 2 hours, our kids started complaining that they were tired (and they were) and that their buckets were full and heavy (and they were) and I asked Tracey what time it was and she said 6:15.
This year we had three surprise visitors - Leath and Joby and Jim Morrison. You have to say the whole name. Never, ever, will any of us just call him Jim.
Anyway, I bumped into a mom and we began commiserating about the whole "only two hours" thing and the "when we were kids we trick-or-treated for hours and hours" thing and since three other adults were escorting my children I was able to stand back and watch them. They were dragging. Wolfie came up to me and said he was pretty much ready to go home. Tulip staggered to one more house, Wolfie sat in the curb and I found Luna in Leath's arms. It was 6:25.
I turned to the mom and said, "You know, I bet when we were kids we ran all around trick-or-treating until we were exhausted but I bet in the end it was only for about an hour and a half." It was like this big light bulb went off over both of our heads and she said, "You know... I bet you're right."
Here they are, preparing for the 55 minute marathon:
Tulip asked me to draw a butterfly on her face and a heart on her nose (I took artistic liberty with that request and drew the heart where I felt it would look best) and with every stroke of the face paint crayon she whipped her face back and forth to the mirror and gasped, "Oh thank you, Mama."
I don't know what inspired this pose except that she was so into her face and must feel that this is the way to pose for pictures when your face is painted. Oh that girl.