Halloween is so much more fun as an adult opening the door to cute little princesses and pirates. It makes me sad to see this harmless activity dwindle as parents become more fearful for their children. I live in a small rural town in central Oregon, surrounded by single family homes with many little children. My overflowing bowl of candy sits 3/4 full as only about 20 little ones have eagerly rung my doorbell. My cute little granddaughter, wrapped up as a purple butterfly may not ever enjoy the sense of freedom I experienced as we ran from door to door to be greeted by heaping platters of popcorn balls, homemade cookies, and brightly decorated cupcakes. I guess it doesn't hurt to believe those days might return for my grandchildren.