1. Funnily enough, I heard fireworks last night (two, to be exact) for the first time ever, altho they sounded more like explosions than private fireworks.

  2. I’m sure SOMEONE does. If there is an event which SOMEBODY doesn’t use as an excuse to shoot guns or fireworks, I don’t know what it is.

    Well, maybe Yom Kippur.

  3. People set of fireworks for ANY reason!

    So…. yes.


    “Well, maybe Yom Kippur.”

    Well, no that you mentioned it…. We’ll see.

  4. Fireworks are A Thing for some families in our neighborhood. Birthday party? Fireworks. Holiday? Fireworks. Bored on a Thursday evening? Fireworks. Last night was no exception, and I was on the couch for three hours with my poor dogs huddled under the blanket with me, shaking in terror at the bangs & pops. (For clarification, the dogs were shaking, not me.)

  5. Oddly, I’ve never heard fireworks on Hallowe’en before last night, but I did hear some last night. To be fair though, many dogs have issues with the trick-or-treaters coming to the door. My experience for that is that they usually bark their heads off, though, not hide.

  6. chemgal: The “standard protocol” in my neighborhood this year didn’t have trick-or-treaters coming to the door. People who were giving out candy mostly put it in bowls on tables in their driveway. A few people set up tubes in their driveway to deliver the candy.

  7. Easter Sunday? Fireworks.

    And every single day between mid-April and mid-July, too.

    When I had my roof redone, the first thing I asked about the roofing tiles was whether they were fireproof.

  8. @Chak Yeah, I never felt safer than when I lived in a house with a slate roof. (really a 3-floor duplex, so “half a house”)

  9. We were just wondering that last night, as we’ve recently moved to Vancouver and there were fireworks all through the evening. We weren’t used to that in Toronto.

  10. We had fireworks here on Long Island, too, and yes, first time I remember. I think people wanted to do something that didn’t require close physical contact.

  11. Just for a change of pace . . . be glad you don’t live in THESE neighborhods!





  12. Those preview / cover pictures were pretty impressive! (I had time to look at the pictures, not the videos for sure.)

  13. No worries – those videos will be up for years; previous years’ videos are still available. At least they take more talent and energy than just lighting a fuse.

  14. Those people take hallowe’en way more seriously than I do. We manage a few decorations and a couple carved pumpkins. WW: there was a mixture in my neighbourhood; some passed out candy, some had “take one” options.

  15. chemgal: I went with a group of parents/kids, and at the very start I heard one of the parents tell his son “Remember, this year we can’t knock on anyone’s door; we only can get candy from people in their yard.” And so we didn’t knock on any doors. I’m not clear whether this system was universally agreed upon, or if we could have gotten more candy by knocking on doors.

    Some of the houses that we skipped had their lights on, and even had Halloween decorations, so I suspect there were people inside with candy, and that they got very few trick-or-treaters.

  16. We had lights on (and pumpkin and skull in the window) and outer door tied open, and candy. We got no trick or traeters (nor did I see any on the block when I looked out several times). Well, more for us.

  17. Well, on the other hand, bonfire night is perfectly legitimate for fireworks.
    At least, with all these bangs, I know the world is not ending.

  18. As Carl Fink said – we heard fireworks on Halloween but near us they seemed to be illegally shot off not a show. This was the third time in maybe 20 years (maybe even more) we have been home on Halloween and not in Lancaster, PA.

    Among the ideas used around here to deliver candy (per news shows) was hanging them on a laundry line, hanging them from trees, & sliding them down a ramp.

    There is also something known as Trunk or treat. We first saw the Halloween immediately after Hurricane Sandy, but I have read about it elsewhere also. Instead of letting children randomly to go strange houses, the participants gather together in a parking lot with the car trunks facing the other cars and the children go car to car to trick or treat and this seems to have been this year also.

  19. I don’t mean to be snarky, but….
    Going to get candy from some random person’s car trunk is better than getting it from a random house? At least with the house you literally know the person’s address should something happen; how is a random assortment of people in cars that will not be there in a few hours time in any way better??

  20. The ones I have seen weren’t random people. They are members of some group, a school or church or example, and everyone is well-known.

  21. larK – My apologies, I thought it was evident that since it was planned to have the trunk and treat, everyone knew everyone. It is actually safer than walking door to door – after all, if children stopped at our house only the ones in the houses immediately next to us know us at all – and then again, how well do they know us from waving and saying hello.

  22. Meryl: no need t apologize, and I admit I was being a bit of a nudge. But I still react to the to the wrongheaded assumption that strangers are more of a threat than people you know, and I bristle when people go out of their way to disrupt social activities to try and cloister themselves from this misperceived threat: it impacts all of us negatively when we become less social.
    I know you disagree about the danger, but statistics back me up: children are in MUCH more danger from relatives and people they know than from strangers for being abducted or abused.

  23. There’s danger then there’s danger. For C19 purposes, you might have a better idea whether people are using precautions and such.

  24. larK –

    I understand completely the danger of family members and “funny uncles” (not from personal experience).

    My point was that even people that children think they know can actually be strangers. Just because they say hello every day does not mean that anything is known about them to the family.

    Robert and I are nice people. We also like to be on our own and don’t get involved with the neighbor on either side of us. They are both young families (I remember when we were the new ones on the block). We wave, say hello, are friendly and certainly in an emergency if either of them had no one we would look after their daughters. When we have extra (free) tickets for the Long Island Fair, we offer them to the neighbors – by email and leave them in their mail boxes if they want them. We are not invited to the girls birthday parties – and that is great with us. I will, however shortly be bothering one of the wives who works in real estate as I will need something notarized for the meeting room for my embroidery chapter and don’t want to have to go into a bank – and I am hoping she is notary.

    I joke that due to Covid-19 we missed on the one big event in the area – there was a major car crash (parked car hit by one doing around 60mph in front of the house of the neighbor to our north, continued past ours and end up in front of the house of the neighbor to our south – we had most of the extensive debris from the two cars) and we did not go out and join the crowd outside – that is the sort of thing (which happens much too often on this road) at which our neighborhood gets together.

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