Silly me, I thought I would teach people to knock on the door, say “trick-or-treat,” and walk away. I explained the idea of dressing up and announced we would have Halloween on Friday. It was the first week in December, but who cares?
In the evening, a number of people were milling around the yard. My sister and one of my students had ghostly white faces, they were anticipating the start of Halloween. My guitar was being passed around and I was listening to some of the best harmonized singing I had heard at my house. I decided to get my digital recorder (thanks for the early Christmas present Mama!) because the singing was fantastic.
I went to my room and was rummaging around in the near darkness, trying to locate my new contraption. As I was searching, I heard Samery yell, “Trick-or-treat!”
Before I knew it there was a mob outside my window chanting, “TRICK OR TREAT!!” For a moment I panicked, What do I do? I grabbed the candy and ran to the door of my house while the mob moved to the porch. Clearly I wasn't going to teach everyone to knock on the door!
I opened the door to the crowd of friends and family. I gave Marcia's carefully prepared bags of candy to the white faced ghouls. Meanwhile everyone was trying to get their hands on some of the loot. True to the Chuukese style, I then threw the remaining bags of candy and loose candy to the crowd. Everyone was scrambling to get as much candy as possible, pushing, shoving, and shouting my name. It was so exciting and unexpected I was laughing my head off.
As people were searching the porch and the yard for any candy they may have missed, I slipped back to my room. There was one more surprise.
I returned to the porch and sat down. People gathered around, knowing I had something more and were curious to see what it was.
SNAP! Snap, snap!
I had a bright orange glow stick in my hand, for about 2 seconds, before it was snatched away. Hands were grabbing in anticipation as the rest of the package appeared. Someone grabbed the second package and ran. I jumped up, ready for a chase, not knowing who had stolen the rest.
“It was Samery!”
I ran into the house, chasing Samery. I snatched and grabbed but couldn't retrieve them. As I stood with my arms around her, trying to retrieve the glow sticks I whispered, “save them for New Year's” and she scurried off to hide them in her room.
Halloween in December was amazing. It was not what I expected at all, it was so much better! I couldn't have created a more exciting Halloween if I tried!