National Holiday

I’ve written about Nate and Halloween before (“Trick or Treat with Nate,” He loves the day and all the days leading up to it. On Monday he got started making his special treats – peanut butter eyeballs, jack o’ lantern cookie truffles, peanut butter pumpkin cookies and melted candy corn cookies. He also bought seasonal candies – Mike & Ike Vampire and Mummy mixers, candy corn M & M’s and so on. I made the huge mistake of eating the Mummy mix while watching Room 237, the movie about obsessives and their theories about The Shining.


“I was saving those for Halloween! You can’t eat those!” Nate wailed. I felt so bad, though not bad enough to ask if I could eat a melted candy corn cookie. Nate gave me a “What is your problem?” look.

Nate took the day off from working at the Habitat for Humanity house to get ready for our annual Halloween party for friends who live out of the Village and get no trick or treaters. It’s not easy to have to drive from house to acres away house for fun size Milky Way, so they make our house their headquarters. Since Nate stopped trick or treating he’s taken to answering the doorbell. Sometimes he comments – “You’re a little girl, aren’t you? – sometimes he just hands out candy. The best part last night was his reaction to one bell ringer.

We were sitting in the living room, chatting, when someone came to the door. Nate ran to the door, opened it and…


We’re not sure what he saw, but he was genuinely scared. Maybe it was someone dressed as a nutritionist.

As soon as our last guest left, Nate went into overdrive, cleaning up, bringing all his stuff back to the rooms that were cleared out for the big bash. It won’t be long though before he starts planning for next year.


About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is the former Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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