"Hey Jake!" called Midge as she strolled up the sidewalk to the porch. "Jake! What are you doing today?"
"Hi Midge," said Jake as he sat up. "I was watching the kids going to school this morning. They look funny."
"Why do you think they look funny today?" asked Midge.
"Have you seen them today?" asked Jake.
"No, I haven't seen any this morning yet," said Midge. "What are they doing?"
"No, it's not what they are doing," said Jake. "It's what they are wearing. They aren't right this morning."
"They are dressed really funny," said Jake. "Won't the school be upset with them looking bad and send them home?"
"Why are they dressed funny?" asked Midge.
"They don't look normal Midge," said Jake. "Look over there. Here comes one now. Don't you think she looks weird going to school like that?"
"Oh I see what you mean," laughed Midge. "She is dressed in a costume this morning. I think she is supposed to be a witch."
"Why does she want to look like a witch?" asked Jake. "That is just nutty."
"Halloween is coming and the school must be having a Halloween party today," said Midge.
"Halloween is a strange holiay," said Jake.
"Why?" asked Midge. "It's a fun one."
"Why do you want to dress up funny?" asked Jake. "Some look really horrible."
"Because it is fun Jake," said Midge. "The kids dress up and they get candy and some dunk for apples at parties."
"How did Halloween get to be so strange?" asked Jake. "Was it always like that?"
"I don't know," said Midge. "I know the kids and some adults dress up and party, they do scary stuff at parties, eat and drink and everyone is dressed in costumes. Some costumes are funny, some are scary and some are weird."
"I've seen a lot of weird going to school this morning," said Jake.
"Some kids make their own costumes and some buy them," said Midge. "I like to watch them come to the door at night collecting candy. Don't you remember Halloween last year?"
"No," said Jake. "I was in a kennel last year this time, remember? My mistress was on a business trip."
"Oh yes," said Midge. "I remember. Well at night the kids dress up and go from one house to the other doing something they call Trick or Treat and the people at the house gives them candy."
"Oh, that would be fun," said Jake. "Getting all that candy. Do you want to go trick or treat Midge?"
"We can't do trick or treat," said Midge.
"Why not?" asked Jake. "If the kids can do it, we can."
"How are you going to do that?" asked Midge. "We can't knock on the door or ring the doorbell and what are you going to carry your candy in?"
"We can go to the door with some of the kids," said Jake. "How do the kids carry their candy? We can do the same thing."
"They carry a little bucket or a bag," said Midge.
"We can carry those things," said Jake.
"Do you have a bucket or a bag?" asked Midge.
"No," said Jake. "But my mistress might have a bag we can use."
"It's more fun to sit at the door and watch the funny or scary kids come to the door. Come over to the house later and you can sit with me when they come to the house."
"Okay Midge," said Jake. "I will come sit with you and watch them."
"Good," said Midge. "Lets go to the park and play."
"Okay," said Jake as he jumped down from the chair and followed Midge down the steps.