When I started work at the mall Customer Service desk today I knew from past experience the phone would be ringing a lot. Sure enough, throughout my shift I fielded a steady stream of calls from people asking if the mall was hosting trick or treaters tonight. I'd reply that there was no organized activities, but the individual stores could hand out candy if they wanted.
I even had a couple of store employees who asked me about the evening's plans; they hadn't gotten the no-organized-activities message. Mid-morning a heavily tattooed and pierced man wearing a porkpie hat approached me. He told me he worked at the electronic cigarette kiosk and asked what time the trick or treating started tonight. He was visibly relieved when I told him there was none.
Before he walked away he said that he didn't mind giving out candy, but he didn't know how many parents would let their kids accept treats from a stand that sold nicotine-delivery systems.
I was inclined to agree with him.
Five years ago today: New Thing #294--Hang 'Em High