"Okay," Mr Wonderful said looking up from his book.
"We're going to a carving party."
"It's going to be fun!"
As a kid, the best things about Halloween are dressing up and eating free candy. As an adult, the best things are: 1) Dressing up; 2) Eating free candy; and 3) Carving pumpkins!
"Which doesn't make it right."
"Traditions are good."
"What about dressing in blackface?"
"Ahh!" Its fierce eyes, its toothy grin, everyone loved his carved pumpkin. In fact, his first try at carving was better than all the pumpkins I'd carved in my entire life--combined. He was a natural with a knife.
"It was fun," he said.
"Because it's a tradition worth keeping or you're actually a ninja in disguise?" He showed me the long blade of his knife and smiled.