Consider this my advance notice: Hey, you still have time to cancel Halloween at your house. Oh, I know what you are thinking . . . has she gone bonkers? What is she talking about? Heh, heh. But I am totally serious about spreading this much needed piece of advice, especially to my neighbors in Land Park, Sacramento. In Land Park, we get a ton of traffic, constant door-bell ringing and even the parents try to hold us hostage for Snickers.
I realize there are millions of adults (and children, let's not forget the kids) in the U.S. for whom Halloween is a much anticipated event. You spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what kind of costume to wear, how to decorate your house, what type of candy to buy, and for many, whose party invitation to accept.
Let it be known, however, that there are some of us who are party poopers. Yup, we're tired of Halloween and wish that holiday (if you can even call it a holiday -- do you get the day off work? I don't think so) would just drop off the calendar.
When About.com notified all of its writers that we should submit "Halloween content" for a Halloween extravaganza last month, I decided to write a somewhat different piece than everybody else. Imagine my astonishment when I was notified this weekend that my content made the home page of About.com. (It's the pumpkin icon, or you can click on the photo on this page.) I guess they liked it after all. Some people have no taste. :)
Photo: Big Stock Photo
The Short Sale, by Elizabeth Weintraub, from Archer Ellison coming January 2009.