I thoroughly agree with Bobby Tanzilo’s blog today about keeping trick or treat on Halloween, and after reading it, I feel inspired to voice a few Halloween gripes of my own.
Unlike Bobby, who did not have a single trick or treater between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday (Milwaukee’s designated trick or treat time), my home in Riverwest was swarming with kids, teens and, yes, even a couple of adults trying to score a little bag of Sugar Babies from me.
Usually, I have the rule “no costume, no candy,” but this year, I saw a number of small children not wearing costumes and I felt a little sad for them, so I forked over the candy anyway. Teens without costumes are usually a no-go, and the couple of adults walking around without kids got a straight-up “you’ve got to be kidding me!?”
But I find those who trick or treat by car even more annoying than those who trick or treat without a costume.
On my block, there were at least four houses, including my own, decorated for the season with a person on the porch doling out candy. I saw numerous people whip out cell phones after stopping at my place, and I speculate they were calling friends to tell them there was Halloween action on my block, and that they should come over before the goods run out.
Hence, at one point, we ended up with a mini traffic jam on our normally relatively quiet street. Around 2 p.m., an SUV pulled up to let four children out of the car, none of them wore seatbelts or costumes, and they ran to my house, to another across the street, and then sped off in their car to the next happening block.
I'm usually not a purist, but seeing this really made me miss old-school trick or treating which meant trudging from house to house, on foot and at night.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.