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All Treat, No Trick, Part 3

, , , , , | Friendly | October 30, 2022

My husband and I love Halloween. Every year, we take turns handing out candy. The person who isn’t doing so gets to walk around and observe the decorations and trick-or-treaters. We switch mid-way through trick-or-treating time. This happens when I’m the one walking.

I’m minding my own business, enjoying the spooky sights and sounds, when a little girl in the typical princess costume approaches me, her mother not far behind.

Girl: “Where’s your costume?”

While I am not dressed up for the holiday, I am wearing a Halloween shirt, pumpkin earrings, and a bat necklace.

Me: “This is it, I guess.”

Girl: *Confused.* “But, how can you trick-or-treat without a costume?”

Me: “Oh, I’m not trick-or-treating. I just like to look around.”

The girl’s eyes grow huge, and her mouth flies open.

Girl: “You mean, you don’t like candy?”

I try not to laugh. Her mom’s doing the same.

Me: “I like candy. Grown-ups just don’t trick-or-treat.”

The girl ponders this revelation and then holds open her candy bag.

Girl: “Here! Take one!”

This is the last thing I expected, but I’m genuinely touched, considering that we’re total strangers. I look to mom to make sure it’s okay. Mom nods with a big grin on her face. I reach into the bag and pull out a random piece of candy.

Me: “Thank you so much!”

Girl: “You’re welcome. Happy Halloween!”

Me: “You too!”

We walk away, and I hear mom praising her daughter for being so nice. Meanwhile, I happily munched on my peanut butter cup and continued my walk.

All Treat, No Trick, Part 2
All Treat, No Trick

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