I live in Aspinwall, a very compressed neighborhood. Our houses are bumped up right next to each other. Because of that, we get a lot of Trick or Treaters, and I do mean a lot. We attract kids from four boroughs. Its no exaggeration to say that on Halloween my street looks like Mardi Gras out there. The kids have figured it out. They know they can haul out about fifteen pounds worth of candy apiece in under two hours. You have to give the little monsters credit, they did the math.
When I bought my house, my neighbors warned me about the situation. They advised me to buy 250 pieces of candy. That first year I didn’t believe them, and I had to SOS my sister up the street to send some candy down while I frantically dug through the bottom of my purse looking for pennies to hold the sugar zombies off until the backup arrived.
Another reason we attract so much attention is that my neighbor, Joel Keiffer, is Mr. Pumpkin. You may have heard of him, he’s getting famous for buying a 1,000 pound pumpkin and displaying it on his porch. This effort costs him money as well as time; his porch collapsed a couple of years ago but he keeps at it. This year, though, he’s outdone himself with a pumpkin carved like the Cheshire cat. (See below). I have to say it is pretty awesome.
The trick is that this year Joel’s decided to take donations for charity. That attracted media attention, and WTAE ran a feature on Joel and his pumpkin and gave out his address in Aspinwall. Ruh-roh. You know Pittsburghers; they’re a generous bunch. Forget Mardi Gras. This year I'm expecting to see people from four counties. Just to be safe, I’d better go buy some extra candy, and I'll post the results here. Wish me luck!