I got to the mall with the objective of buying the Mystery Science Theater 3000 20th Anniversary Set on opening-week discount, and it turned out kids in costumes were wandering through the stores, many of which had signs out from promising candy inside. In the pet shop, for example, the cashier pointed out to a Spider-Man and Joey Kangaroo Who's Taken His Hood-Style Head Off His Actual Head, ``The pink ones taste like candy,'' which would seem inarguable, except she thought it over and said she meant they tasted like ice cream. Radio Shack was also doing brisk business giving out candy.
But not all stores had candy: Ritz Camera had a sad sign that ``All our treats have disappeared,'' with a depressed ghost settled in a bag, and Trade Secret --- one of those boring stores that sells expensive shampoo --- was also out. The Men's Wearhouse next door, though, was stocked up. Why would kids go to Ritz Camera so much more than The Men's Wearhouse? And so I got into looking to see if I could figure out who ran out first: Clarke's, selling shoes, and something called Charmante that sells mannequins wearing impractical clothes, were out, as were the Apple Store and Victoria's Secret Beauty Shops. Talbot's, which sells clothes to my Mom, and Swarovski, which sells crystal, still had. And wouldn't you want to invite your kids in to a store that sells unaffordable crystal figurines of Bambi with the butterfly on his tail? With no sign at all, neither having nor out of candy, were such stores as Fossil (selling blue jeans), Victoria's Secret (Master Command), and Gap Kids.
None of the places in the food court were giving away candy --- nor explicitly not giving it away --- although the Mrs Field's that was off by Borders was.
At the FYE, which had candy, one of the clerks also greeted me with a peppy, ``Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen! Ah Ah Ah!'' I didn't realize what he was doing at first, initially because he said it as I walked in and he was about forty feet away from me, and second because I didn't realize he was an employee of the store. He was in costume, sort of, I guess, looking like if he wasn't a character from Office Space then he should have been. His co-worker at least was just wearing fairy wings and I could see her nametag.
Trivia: Julius Caesar's realigning of the Roman calendar in 46 BCe was done in part by inserting two extra months for a total of 67 days between November and December. Source: Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, EG Richards.
Currently Reading: Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, Dee Brown.