Awww GEEZE -- that time of year AGAIN?
I think I'm the Halloween GRINCH. It's not that I really have anything against it in theory. I'm amused by costumes and non-destructive pranks. Indian summer is also - hands down - my favorite "season" short as it is.
But here is how, over the past few years- it seems to work out for me:
1 - I have contract work or school work piled on my desk.
2 - The dog - whose JOB is to let me know when something is unusual - is having a stroke because of the strange sounds, smells, unusual activity,kids tromping though our apartment house hall, and horror of horrors - MASKS.
3 - Half the little ones who come to the door end up doing the "ding-dong-ditch" thing - NOT because they don't want treats, but because Fred sounds like the "Hound from Hell" from behind the door. - and given his size even his poodleness isn't enough to make him seem less threatening to young ones who don't know him.
So - my plan is what it has been for a few years now: Put a bowl of treats on a TV table outside my door and a cute sign that says "help yourself" - take the dog in his service vest - and work in the Library Learning Commons 'til midnight - when it's safe to go home!