Last year, while Carter was enjoying the Halloween season in his Pac-Man power dot costume, he announced that next year, he would be Indonesia. We thought that he would forget about this choice, but he did not. When we finally figured out how to make an Indonesia costume, Carter faced a dilemma. Lea asked him what he was going to do about Papua New Guinea. He responded, with concern in his voice, "...and Singapore and Malaysia." Lea suggested: "Do you want to be the whole world?" Carter: "That's what I'm talking about!"
Carter has celebrated several Halloweens in 2009 - three parties (one at school), and two trick-or-treating ventures. The first Halloween was a costume birthday party that resulted in the loss of Antarctica. After repairs, he went to the dormitories at the university. Last year, he went to the all-women's residence halls and had quite a candy haul - 113 pieces from that trip alone. Different dormitories were participating this year, however. Upon his arrival, Carter surprised, amused, and impressed a young man at the door by asking "where are the college girls?" [Carter's interest in older women is primarily related to their generosity with candy.] Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), few students were participating and he collected far less. Since it took Carter an entire year to eat his Halloween candy from 2008 (he finished all of it days before the new holiday), having less candy is not really a problem - except to him. After all of the trick-or-treating events, he ended up with 110 items in an overflowing plastic pumpkin. They will probably last until next Halloween!