As I came up with the title for this post, it reminded me of a book by one of my blogger buddies, Pat Hatt, called Boo and the Backyard Zoo. So here's a little shout out for Pat. Check out his book, here.
Okay. Now for the story.
It's that time of year, again. Time to go booing. What? you ask. Well, let me explain it to you. Booing is when you fill up a plastic jack-o-lantern with candy and you sneak over to one of your neighbor's houses in the dark, ring their doorbell, leave the candy, and run like a mad person as quick as you can so they don't know who it was.
Usually when my kids and I do this little stunt, we use a getaway car. The kids do their thing, and then run back to the car. I squeal out of there before anyone can write down my license plate number and report me to the police.
Not last night. Last night, the whole operation was done on foot.
It was about 8:30 PM, and quite dark. My kids had scouted out the neighborhood earlier, and decided who their victims would be. We made our way stealthily to the first victim. My son put the candy-filled jack-o-lantern on the porch, rang the doorbell, and ran. He and I hid behind a bush, waiting to see if the person would come to the door. They didn't.
On to the next house. Same thing. The jack-o-lantern was left and the doorbell was rung. My son scurried out of there super quick. Good thing, too, because those people answered right away. They were super-excited about being booed.
We waited until it was safe to emerge from our hiding place. But then a car came down the street.
"Okay," I said. "We have to keep hiding." The car came slowly down. We watched from our spot. And guess what it was? A police car! I won't tell you exactly what I thought, because this is a G rated blog, but let me just say, I got real nervous!
Fortunately, the police turned down another street, and didn't see us. Otherwise Mama would've ended up in jail for Booing.
Note to self: Next year use the get-away car!