"What?" I asked, totally confused. He laughed and pointed out how people often like to peer into your house, when you open the door for the trick-or-treaters. Kids are especially curious, often calling out when they spot a toy or some other item that catches their interest - "Oh, they've got dinosaurs!" "He likes Bakugan!" "She has a Dora car!" But I've caught parents taking a peek too, which is fine, but my husband joked, wouldn't it be funny to be able to put up a banner, advertising for stuff?
"Seeking a jiu-jitsu sparring partner."
"Would you like to start a baby-sitting co-op?"
"Free 'exer-saucer,' excellent condition - just take it out of our house, please."
"Are you handy? I'll tutor your kids if you'll fix our sprinklers."
"Wondering whose amazing curry I keep smelling somewhere, halfway down the street. Recipe, please?"
"Anthropologie and Nordstrom acceptable here."
We could also put up badges or signs - like our "flair" from Facebook - and possibly make new friends (or enemies), depending on where people's tastes, allegiances, and politics lie. For some reason, while we're friendly with our neighbors, we're not really friends with our neighbors. Too bad we can't get to know each other better this way. Still, I love how everyone pours out into the streets and we all chat and laugh and admire each other's costumes, even if we only smile and wave the rest of the year.
Our family of jack o' lanterns.
(I caught Rowan as he was getting ready to jump - hence the odd posture.)
So excited for trick or treating!
Because my big brother is making this face, I can too!
Hoping your Halloween is full of fun, sweets, and only treats!