Here in the eastern half of North America it seems Hallowe’en will be either cancelled or made very, very miserable and dangerous thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
Over the years I’ve worked as both a courier and a cab driver and the one night of the year I hated driving wasn’t, as you might expect, New Year’s, but Hallowe’en. On New Year’s, because of social pressure, I could pretty much take it as fact that most inebriated people would be travelling by taxi, so the roads would be relatively safe. But not on Hallowe’en and especially not on side streets, or in townhouse complexes.
Remember back to when you would go out to trick-or-treat. You do remember, don’t you? C’mon now. I’m 68 and I remember going out, so you must remember as well. If you were like me, you were much more interested in what goodies you’d get at the place across the street than in any traffic that might be coming down that street. There are many more vehicles on the road today than in the time of my youth and most side streets are lined with parked cars. Parked cars make great concealment for small children ready to charge across the street, often in front of moving vehicles. In addition to driving a taxi, I frequently acted as night dispatcher and on Hallowe’en, I would often remind the drivers to be careful on the side streets. And, although I’m no longer dispatching, if you plan on driving on the evening of October 31, be careful on the side streets because the kids won’t be watching for you.
A friend posted on Facebook tonight that she expected to have lots of Hallowe’en goodies left over because of the expected foul weather. The complex I live in gives out candy and stuff in the lobby and leftovers are donated to a local foodbank. If you find yourself in the situation of having most of your goodies left, consider doing that. Most foodbanks won’t accept home-made treats, but “store-bought” stuff is fine. They will usually reserve these little treats for families with young children, or in some cases, keep some on hand to give to the kids accompanying their parents.
Once again, be careful if you’re on the roads on Hallowe’en and if you find you have plenty of candy left over, consider my suggestion. And remember to hug an artist – we need love (and Hallowe’en candy) too.