We Are Not Alone
I love tomorrow. Not Tuesday in general, but the Tuesday when Hanover has Trick or Treat. This night is simultaneously the best Halloween experience ever and the sign that Hanoverians hate the holiday and despise anyone who didn’t grow up in Hanover because the local community has the gall to create its own traditions instead of polling new residents for what they used to do and simply doing that so they never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever have to experience change.
That’s what generates the whining about Trick or Treat being on a Tuesday and lame jokes about when we celebrate other holidays. Because God forbid Trick or Treat have its own place in a week-long celebration of Halloween. (And before anyone asks, I moved here in 1992 and have learned to deal with this little quirk of Hanover life.)
My favorite part of all this is the usual stomping of feet about how Hanover is so weird because of its Halloween festivities. You know why I like that part so much? It’s a total and utter lie.
Many communities in the Midwest, particularly in Ohio and Iowa, have a tradition called Beggars’ Night, which is the equivalent of Trick or Treat. This doesn’t always take place on the 31st. In fact, Hanover has a really stable way of choosing Trick or Treat through its relation to the parade while Beggars’ Night is often tied to a weekend close to Halloween.