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Tricks and Treats

October 27, 2008 - Erin O'Neill
I have loved Fall ever since I can remember.

I'm not one for hot weather and not one for freezing to death, so the mild autumn temperatures are perfect for me. Not to mention the hot apple cider, trips to the pumpkin patch and the lead in to "the" holidays.

Also, most of my immediate family celebrates their birthdays in the months of Sept. through Nov., including yours truly. Every weekend seems to be jam-packed with something fun to do.

This past weekend was trick-or-treat in Marietta and the annual Halloween parade. My daughter loved both, despite having an icky cold and being thrown off schedule by ongoing events and out-of-town visitors.

She went as a pretty princess this year, not surprisingly since everything she owns anymore seems to have a princess theme.

Her little cousin was a scary (read: way too cute!) green dragon and uncle was a ninja for the parade and knight complete with authentic chain mail for trick-or-treat to ward off all the scaries -- of which there were plenty.

The folks in my neighborhood really go all out. Maybe that's why kids come in from all over Marietta. It looks like a street festival.

Last year, with two 2-year-olds in tow, we only made it a street and a half. But this year, we managed to hit five streets. I was amazed by all the people and the creativity of the costumes.

I am also glad that the spirit of Halloween lives on without too much hubbub. I haven't heard about anyone being arrested or hurt, knock on wood.

This is an event that I have involved my child in since she was one-month-old and something that we can share as a family that doesn't cost too much money.

As she gets older, the costumes will probably get more inventive and intricate. But hopefully, Halloween is something she'll never grow out of.


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