Do you remember the lady who passed out holy cards instead of candy or Halloween? You know, the one two streets over who, instead of forking over fun size Snickers nuggets, gave you a laminated St. Francis of Assisi and a copper penny for added weight? Or maybe you don’t remember her, but I know you remember the kid who stood one house away warning all of the rest who journeyed toward her lonely front porch?
C’mon, I know I can’t be the only one who remembers that empty porch.
Irregardless, it just occurred to me (twenty years later) that as much as I hated myself for forgetting every year that her’s was the house without candy, I wonder what the heck all of the protestant kids did when they got this mysterious card with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe instead of Shock Tarts. For me, I could at least understand the context but I can’t image what happened when my protestant friends went up to her door and said “trick or treat.”
I’m really interested. If you are or were protestant when you went trick or treating as a kid, how did you react to the holy card lady? If you are Catholic, do you remember the holy card lady?