Of course, you give them both kinds…and then duplicates and maybe even triplicates. They watch the candy drop in their bucket and then slowly just…stare…at…you. They nod with a quiet “Thank you.”
Trick or treaters come in all ages, shapes and sizes. Most behave in two ways: shy and terrified of their own shadow and unable to make it up the last step to your door so you have to walk out to them, or already so hyped up on sugary excitement they bleat out a garbled “Trick or Treat” and you are throwing the candy at their little pumpkin buckets as they are racing off to the next house. But at least once a year, there visits a third kind of trick or treater I call a unicorn because they are rare to see at our humble abode.
This kid is under the age of ten but no younger than three. They don’t need to hold an adult’s hand to walk up the path. Both of their hands are firmly planted on the edge of their treat bucket in the 10 and 2 position as one would hold the steering wheel of a car. Their costume is usually a brilliantly colored affair, the best store-bought costume a mom could buy to make this kid seem more childlike. But this only makes the kids stand out even more because their spirited costume does not match the most serious expression you’ve ever seen.
This kid moves with slow, purposeful steps and never wavers, even when knocked about by the second group of sugared up children speeding off to the next house. They approach the door and give full solid knocks instead of a timid bump or hurried beating. They wait patiently, clearly enunciate trick or treat then quietly wait their turn for the candy. And they study you. They look at the kids beside them like they are aliens. They search your candy bowl with concern and a furrowed brow. These kids will make you nervous and you suddenly grow worried about picking out the right candy to give them although you only have two choices in the bowl!
Of course, you give them both kinds…and then duplicates and maybe even triplicates. They watch the candy drop in their bucket and then slowly just…stare…at…you. They nod with a quiet “Thank you.” The pauses in between are so drawn out you just give them more candy because you don’t know what to do. You breathe a sigh when they finally slowly turn and diligently walk back down the path. What odd little creatures they are! And they must be magical, too, because somehow your candy has disappeared!
Pro Tips: Ahem is a serious little guy, though quite polite! To make him seem more childlike without having to buy the brilliantly colored costume, add an extra tooth on the top or bottom to soften his appearance. The top of the eye is flat, but by angling it up or down, or rounding it out, you can completely change his personality in a flash!