I always love to read those "man-on-the-street" columns in my local newspaper. It seems that frivolous questions rather than weighty ones inspire far livelier and intriguing responses. In the same spirit, I collar friends, relatives, and total strangers to ask them inconsequential questions on culinary matters.

Q: What trick-or-treat memories made a lasting impression on you?

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Sue G: I particulary remember this woman at the end of the block who always gave out apples on Halloween. She was very sly woman. She would put the apple way down in your bag. She would take out the candy in your bag so she could put the apple at the bottom. But this was just an excuse for her to sneak some of your candy for herself. We finally caught on and never went trick-or-treating at her house again.

John G: I have good memories of Halloween. After we finished trick-or-treating we'd go to this street dance. It was cool. You could hang out and stay up late because we didn't have school the next day. One Halloween we climbed to the top of the steeple of a church that was under construction.