The firecrackers/fireworks/sparklers are really getting going now. Chris asked one of his co-workers, whose response was, "Everyone does that at Halloween! Do you want to see the sparklers in my car?"
So, I've heard from Kristin that this is common in Penticton, which is in BC's interior, but is this everywhere else in BC? Meg: were there lots of Halloween fireworks in Vancouver? I know that none of the prairie folk have heard about this, but how about elsewhere in Canada? How about you American readers? (Um, I also looked this up on Wikipedia, and someone who contributed to the entry on fireworks claimed that it's a "Canadian tradition" to have fireworks on Halloween. BC contributor? Prairies are out of it?)
I've formulated a few more theories regarding the origins of Halloween fireworks. One involves the high Asian population in British Columbia (because, you know, Asia...fireworks...). My other theory involves the association between Halloween and the upcoming Guy Fawkes day in Great Britian, and Victoria's claim of "out-Britishing the British."
In other news, I had seminar today, and it turns out that both I and my new best friend (except that she can't be my new best friend until after I'm not her TA) were Anne of Green Gables for Halloween, during those tween/early teen years when you're not supposed to care so much about "kid stuff" like costumes. (She was 11 when she was; I was 14.) It is very difficult for us to have a conversation without feeling enormously pleased with ourselves.