October 31, 2006
Halloween & "Promiscuous Hospitality"
Posted by Christine Hurt

Happy Halloween!  Last year, I posted on the "immigrant trick-o-treater" phenomenon and how I have made a decision to embrace all comers to my door on this one night a year where we pretend we live Norman Rockwell existences where we show up unannounced at our barely familiar neighbors' doors and are treated with hospitality.  Some in the comments were unconvinced, but I remain of the mind that giving a nickel's worth of candy to a child whose parents drove her over to my neighborhood is the (very) least I can do to show thanks for the amazingly safe and comfortable life I lead.  In fact, I have met at least one reader who told me that last year's post changed his mind on the topic. 

So, start celebrating Thanksgiving a little early, count your blessings, and stock up on lollipops.

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