Thursday, November 01, 2007

Last Night

I live in a working class neighborhood and we get a fairly large amount of kids on Halloween. I have some observations from last night:

1) A large amount of our trick-or-treaters dressed up as soldiers. Some wore bandages. I've always seen kids dressing up as militarymen, but this time there were more of them. Not sure what that means. One thing I can say: watching those kids walk away from me was an eerie experience. I prayed that they wouldn't be wearing real uniforms and marching off to war in the next ten years or so.

2)In Detroit, where the Pistons, Tigers, or Red Wings didn't have championship seasons, there were scant amounts of kids wearing sports getups. No kid was seen in a Lions outfit, but then, no kid is ever seen in a Lions' outfit. Maybe this will change in the next year or so, but I doubt it.

3) Retreads and Make Do's constituted the bulk of outfits. It was almost as though this year parents threw together last minute things for their kids or bought whatever was on sale at the store. Of course, this meant a healthy mixture of faeries, monsters, and ninjas. Among the littlest kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles were hot.

I'm not sure what these costumes say about conditions in my area. We probably have the highest number unemployment numbers and foreclosures in the country. Things in Michigan are pretty dismal. I get the feeling that next year, it won't be the kids that will be coming around for handouts, but the parents.

16 comments:

spyscribbler said...

You feel it, too? Lately, this year, every time one of my male students (I seem to worry only about the boys, for some reason) sits down at the piano, I start calculating how many years they've got until they could be off to war. Cripes, it's been on my mind like you wouldn't believe.

Ohio's worse, I'm pretty sure. We never got up from 9/11, and we keep scoring way down there. *sigh*

Charles Gramlich said...

I was disappointed that we didn't have a single trick or treater. Of course, we live out in the country, but there are quite a few folks who drive by. We had lights and candles and a severed head, but nothing worked. Now I've got a lot of candy to eat.

Mark Rainey said...

We had only a handful of trick-or-treaters last night -- and all of them were Batman. All of them.

That was weird.

seventh sister said...

The military stuff may have been what was most readily available. That's pretty sad. We will have to elect a Democrat and hope for the best.

Fab said...

Not only dressed as soldiers but wounded soldiers? Weird.

Not having Halloween here, we don't see that many trick or treaters. Still, find it a bit disturbing to see kids in times like these massively wearing military clothes with Halloween. Or linking it to Halloween...

M@ said...

Having worked at Walter Reed, I'm disturbed to hear about children dressing up as "Wounded Warriors." How sad....

Stewart Sternberg said...

Spy, it's especially hard when I see my high school students heading out.
Charles..I used to be the old man at the end of the block that kids were scared of. Then I married.

Mark, Batman and Robin? Is that a Southern Thing?

sister, I'm not sure what most readily available means. In my old neighborhood, I might have stolen my mom's dress and...no wait that wasn't halloween. nevermind.

I know Fab. I think it says something. I believe video games have been the military's best recruting buddy.

m@, it was disturbing. It made me sad.

Travis said...

We didn't have any trick or treaters either, but that was mostly by design. The constant door action upsets my cat.

So we hung out and watched History Channel and surfed blogs.

My cousin is struggling with the decision whether to re-up. He's a Marine and he wants the career. But he's had some experiences in two tours over there. That place is in his eyes, you know?

Sidney said...

We only had one soldier than I noticed, my next door neighbor's kid. He lifted his helmet off his head for a second so I'd recognize him, even though he wasn't wearing a mask.

We had a fairly interesting "Death" with an ornate scythe, and perhaps the most intriguing was a Chris Angel: Mindfreak.

The most annoying thing was that after we'd turned out the light kids kept coming and ringing the bell. Christine noted: The doused porch light is supposed to be the universal symbol for "IT'S OVER, SEE YA NEXT YEAR."

Lana said...

I loved Halloween as a kid & looked forward to the days when I'd be the one handing out candy. Unfortunately, by the time I got there, it seems like no one trick or treats anymore. Last year we had one kid dressed up as a boy scout (who was obviously a real boy scout.) This year, nothing. I also noticed all of the church announcements in the local paper, advertising their own trick or treat events (usually renamed, as they wouldn't want to be associated w/such a "devilish" holiday. *snort*) Sometimes I miss the old, Jewish neighborhood...

Stewart Sternberg said...

It's over...see ya next year. That cracks me up, Sid. Yeah, that is annoying. I also find it annoying when teenagers, clearly seventeen or eighteen, come by, without costume, seeking treats. I usually have something really annoying and inappropriate to say to them.

Lana, I've always been a Jew living as a stranger in a strange land. I wonder what it would be like to live among my own.

SQT said...

We must not have much social consciousness in my neighborhood. I just saw a lot of kids dressed up as Star Wars figures or Transformers. Action films are our social statement.

F said...

Boys always have camo and toy guns. It's an easy costume. Girls, on the other hand tend to dress like hippies around here, hopefully not cuz they've got LSD and bongs.

I dressed up as The Fonz, cuz I had jeans, a motorcycle jacket and a white t-shirt.

Franki said...

Dammit...F was me.

Kate S said...

I've always been a Jew living as a stranger in a strange land. I wonder what it would be like to live among my own.

You should move to my town then, Stewart. My daughter and I are in the very tiny minority of non-Jewish residents.

A few days after Emily started first grade, she came home, put her little hand on her forehead, sighed deeply, and made the following comment about her teacher:

"Oy vey! Why does she have to be so mean?"

I knew then I had to keep a closer eye on her friends. :)

Sphinx Ink said...

"No kid was seen in a Lions outfit, but then, no kid is ever seen in a Lions' outfit."

LOL! Hey, aren't the Lions doing not-so-bad this year? Better than last year, anyway?