Welcome to Halloween, cackled the historian, I will ruin you! Just kidding. While I think that a wonderful book could be written about the holidays, my intention is never to ruin them; rather to attack the ruiners. For example, on the surface; how dare anyone give out fruit, toothbrushes or pennies on Halloween. My dentist (happened to live in our neighborhood) still gave out candy. After having this holiday for years, nay decades (don’t say centuries, that is really pushing it), I think that sharing candy and letting kids go door to door to get it is now ok. I know that overly cautious parents are thinking, sweet lord! what if little Timmy goes to a house he shouldn’t! Look if you are too lazy to walk with your kid, there is a problem there. This is why for, perhaps a close neighborhood and young kids, Trick or Treating in a cul de sac or parking lot is ok, but otherwise let the kids go. No child has ever been poisoned with candy and of the 80 cases of objects in candy, nearly all were hoaxes and the rest resulted in no deaths. As for me? I will pour a cold one, watch Treehouse of Horror and wait to give candy to kids. It is the American way.