Exactly thirty Halloweens ago, my friends and I strategically chose a new neighborhood for our Trick-Or-Treating campaign. Besides having far more houses to visit, that part of town was also more conspicuously wealthy than the neighborhoods we were used to. Even as knuckleheaded kids, we were savvy enough to understand that Ritzier Houses = Better Candy. Not only did the wealthy folks hand out more candy, but they'd occasionally blow our minds with FULL SIZE candy bars, not the stubby, ironically-named "fun size" candy bars. No lame popcorn balls, apples or pennies from those Big Spenders!
Just when we thought it couldn't get much better than receiving full-size candy bars and (I swear) dollar bills, we knocked on the door of the Purple House, a large home whose eccentric owners had painted the exterior with a bright, retina-blasting purple. What happened next is kind of a blur. The door opened...then (I think) a Heavenly chorus sang praises while a hand dropped a beautiful, glowing COMIC BOOK into each of our bags. Not lame comics like Richie Rich or Archie, but real, honest-to-goodness superhero comics! Since all of us were avowed superhero comic book fans, you can imagine our joy and dumbfounded astonishment over receiving such an unexpected bounty.
Me? I vividly remember getting Secret Society of Supervillains #5, which featured a clash between an army of DC's greatest heroes and villains. In other words, a cosmic out-of-body experience for my eleven year-old self.
Once we all came back down to earth, my friends and I did what any kids would do in that situation: we hastily rearranged and mix-matched our costumes to appear that we were entirely different kids and went back for more comics! We probably didn't fool the Purple House dwellers at all, but they gave us more comics anyway.
Needless to say, from that time onward, the "Purple House" would then be known as "The Comic Book House".
So there you have it....my most fondly remembered Halloween night. An embarrassing amount of candy, a little cash, and a couple of free comics. I ask you: could life get any better?
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