Real conversation the other day with friends:
Friend 1: Hey, are you going to prepare for trick-or-treaters?
Me: I don't know; should I? Do you think they'd come?
Friend 2: It's always good to be prepared so make sure you buy candy at least.
Friend 1: Yes, and be sure to put your porch light on. And maybe, since you live in a basement apartment, you should put something Halloween-ey on your steps to lure children down to your door.
Friend 1: You know, when you think about it, Halloween is a pretty creepy holiday.
Another thought: In the fairy tales, all the witches are shown as women who own lots of cats and lure children to their doors with promises of candy and cookies.
Do you see the problem with this stereotype then? Do you realize how hard it is to get the kids at church to like me if their storybooks are telling them that I am the woman who wants to take them home and put them in my soup?
Maybe that would explain why the little girls in church today kept giving me strange looks.