Other than the slightly damp and cold weather, we had a pretty good Halloween this year. Daughter and friends carved pumpkins at our house. I broke out the power tools and drilled holes in my own pumpkin. We had lots of Trick-or-Treaters but somehow ended up with a bit too much candy, including an excessive number of Tootsie Rolls which I've since managed to eat.
But the highlight of Halloween 2009 was when I stopped at the grocery store and found the produce guy dressed in a banana suit, pushing carts in from the parking lot. Then, as if that wasn't enough excitement for one holiday, another banana showed up at our house for Trick-or-Treat. The girl in this banana suit assured me that she wasn't related to the grocery store banana, even though I told her that there was a strong family resemblance. :-)
Here in central Iowa, Trick-or-Treaters are traditionally expected to tell a joke to get candy. Now, I know plenty of slackers who will waive this requirement and dole out the candy without the trick, but not me. Unless you're very young or painfully shy, I insist on a joke! Here are some of the best (or at least most coherent) riddles of the evening:
What do you call a cow lying on the ground? Ground beef. (That's a real Iowa joke for ya.)
What do you call a cross between a brown cow and a chicken? (Trendwatch: Lots of cow jokes this year.) Brown-chicka-brown cow (sing the punch line).
Why did Britney Spears get hit by a truck? Because she said, "Hit me baby one more time." (Oh, my.)
And I'll leave you with this little gem...
How do you wake up Lady Gaga? Poker Face.