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Halloween 2018: Rain, but Not Rained Out

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James Freeman

FAIR-WEATHER TRICK-OR-TREATING - NO WAY! James Freeman, 5, surveys his rainy neighborhood before deciding with his family to trick-or-treat, rain or shine.

Halloween 2018 might go down in the books as the rainiest night of trick-or-treating ever.

All was relatively tame on neighborhood streets that, on a typical Halloween night, fill with dressed-up children and their parents running from house to house in search of candy. But not all was lost.

In West U, the Freeman family made the best of it. Jackie Freeman and her boys – Dylan, 6, James, 5, Noah, 2, and Luke, 6 months – kept their Halloween plans. Did their night change because of the weather? “Nope,” Jackie says. “We went out in the rain, and then we stayed out even longer once the storm cleared.” (The “clear” lasted about one hour but gave families a little time to salvage the night.)

Neighbor Mary Schneidau sent us the photo of James dressed up and watching the rain from his doorstep. “Doesn’t it just say it all about the disappointment of these poor kids on this rainy Halloween?” she said. “Sad, but oh so precious!”

Across town in Meyerland, Melanie Herz Promecene and Chris Promecene – just recently home from a year of rebuilding post-Harvey – texted their Halloween guests, giving them an out if they wanted one: “Hey Halloween revelers, Melanie and I want to let everyone know that with this scary weather – Meyerland is under a tornado warning – we certainly understand if anyone wants to stay home this evening.” But nobody let the rain stop the party. Guests came from Tanglewood and West U, ready to trick-or-treat with Noah Promecene, 3, who was Batman for the night.

And things really got going when Noah and his mom spontaneously picked up several neighborhood kids and their parents – all just a little wet – and brought them home to trade candy and share fajitas.

After all, Houstonians never have let a little rain dampen their spirits.

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