Katie Couric's Notebook: This Halloween

For many kids, there is more "trick" than "treat" this Halloween. Across the country, parents in neighborhoods hit hard by foreclosures say they'll drive their little ghosts, goblins and witches someplace else tonight so they can make the rounds on streets not lined with abandoned houses. From Florida to Nevada to Michigan, there are places were 20, 50, even 75 percent of homes are empty.

But amid those grim statistics, it's heartening to hear a story like Tracy Orr's. She was ready to watch as her Pottsboro, Texas, home was auctioned last weekend, only to have a stranger, moved by her tears, buy it back for her. Marilyn Mock put in the winning bid without even seeing a picture of the house or knowing much about the distraught woman beside her.

A legend here at CBS News, Charles Kuralt, may have said it best: "The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines."

Happy Halloween, everyone.
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