CINCINNATI - Halloween is supposed to be a night for children to dress up, go door-to-door in their neighborhood and have fun gathering candy.
But don't tell that to parents in and around Sarah's Oak Drive in Green Township. They appear to have as much fun as their children Halloween night.
Just before nightfall, you could look down almost any street in the subdivision and see parents leading groups of children for the annual Halloween trick-or-treat ritual. If you look closely at the groups of adults and children, chances are you'll see the parents as dressed up in over-the-top costumes as their children.
Laureen and Jack Ranz were out trick-or-treating with their daughters, Gabby and Matty, Wednesday evening. The pair was dressed in homemade Frisch's-themed costumes. Laureen was a Frisch's waitress, while her husband, Jack, was dressed as the famous Big Boy symbol. His stripes were red tape that Laureen had spent hours putting together.
"We haven't gotten any candy," Laureen Ranz said. "But I'll tell you what, he's getting a lot of attention."
"Yeah, Big Boy is popular," Jack Ranz said.
"I think it is his hair," Laureen said. "And his lipstick," piped up one of their daughters.
The Ranz family says it's a yearly tradition on Halloween for them to dress up in outlandish outfits, hold a block party and then go out trick-or-treating together.
Gabby and Matty Ranz love the local Halloween traditions.
"Awesome," was the immediate response from Matty, as Gabby gave an approving smile when asked about going out on Halloween.
"Candy!" was the answer both Ranz sisters shouted out when asked about what they liked best about trick-or-treating. Each of them had collected a huge bag of candy in just their first trip down the block.
While everyone in the Ranz family seems to enjoy the holiday, asking them who has more fun on Halloween will likely result in a disagreement.
"They're old," Gabby Ranz said. "We're kids and we're the ones who enjoy it."
"We think it might be us, but don't tell the kids," Laureen Ranz said.