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Halloween revisitedPosted Thursday, November 1, 2007, at 11:14 AM
One of the striking things about Halloween in Shelbyville is how certain neighborhoods seem to be targeted.
My parents, who live near the main entrance of Griffin Park, ran out of candy after feeding 220 spooks (it's a tradition with them to count). There aren't anywhere near 220 young children in that neighborhood.
They also report most of the Hispanic children spoke ‘trick-or-treat' and ‘thank you' in more precise English, and more politely, than many Americans.
I've noticed the increasing number of Hispanic kids making honor rolls in our local schools. Hopefully these children won't have to suffer because of the so-called "sins" of parents who may be illegally here.
But the Griffin Park area, in terms of spook numbers, was possibly far behind Brookhaven subdivision in south Shelbyville.
About 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in portions of Brookhaven cars were lined up bumper to bumper. Streets were lined with "kids," in parentheses here because quite a few of ‘em were too tall to be the traditional candy-begging age. Should there be an upper age limit for treat-or-tricking? (I know that's backwards...it's just how my fingers typed it. I sorta like ‘treat-or-tricking').
I counted at least three person-filled trailers being pulled down the road by lawn tractors. Some will complain, I'm sure, especially those who criticize golf carts on the streets during the Celebration. But I think we can overlook unlicensed vehicles on the street one night a year.
Some years ago teens ran wild on Halloween, smashing pumpkins (before it was a rock group), throwing eggs and the like.
Very little vandalism occurred this year, something for which we should all be thankful.
Now we can look toward Thanksgiving. Tomorrow in my ‘Friday Five' I'll have a tip on what not to do for Thanksgiving dinner.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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