Samanthe Kadar had a bad news trick-or-treat story to report in her letter, “Halloween night falls short of its ideal,” which appeared in the Sunday edition of the News-Press/Leader on Nov. 6. She wrote about “rampaging mayhem” in the Rossmoyne-Mountain and Kenneth Village-Highland neighborhoods.
As I sat down to write a rebuttal, I thought I had a good-news story to tell. I live on Hollister Terrace in Glenoaks Canyon, where many of the residents had gone all-out with Halloween decorations. My wife and I settled for one lonely, but creatively carved, Jack O’Lantern with a glowing candle.
My wife enhanced this meager gesture by sitting on the front porch wearing black clothes, a witch’s hat, and a broad smile. She handed out candy to 350 trick-or-treaters before we ran out and shut off the lights at 8 p.m. If our supply hadn’t run out, we could have accommodated 500 callers.