YAY! A themeless Sunday! And not only that, but a fun one.
If I haven't already made this clear (I have), I'd like to admit that puzzle themes, for me, are secondary considerations. Even when they work well, they are usually only worth a quick acknowledgment and, if you're lucky, a chuckle. And sure, there are some that are truly clever, and I'm not really talking about a Thursday-style trick - those are different. I'm talking about the typical Monday-Wednesday/Sunday-style theme that seems to be a requirement for publication on those days. Would anyone (aside from Jeff Chen) be disappointed if every puzzle from here on were themeless? Or if, maybe, a weekly themed puzzle were to become as rare as a themeless Sunday? Well, I don't know about everyone else, but for me, I repeat "theme shmeme!"
(Perhaps this is a good time to plug the Boswords Fall Themeless League. It's more than halfway over now, but I think you either can or will be able to buy the puzzles eventually.)
"Line delivered in costume" (TRICKORTREAT) was fun, and seems appropriately timed, with ADESTEFIDELES (Seasonal song with lyrics in Latin) following shortly after. And if we're going to focus on the season, it's probably a little cold for SKINNYDIPPING (Barely afloat?), but that clue was excellent. Perhaps if there were a WARMSPELL (Heat of the moment?) ...
PLANETEARTH (You are here), SHOESTORE (Place you may go just for kicks?), MARESNEST (Quagmire), SLUMBERPARTY (Occasion to stay up late), LUAU (Beach ball?) - so many fun entries.
If I get a say, I vote for more of these occasional "surprise" themeless puzzles. More than 1,000 people signed up for the Boswords themeless league, so I can't be the only one who thinks this way.
I hope you enjoy it, and if not, then hopefully you'll be happier tomorrow, when I'm fairly sure we'll see another word ladder, "these words can all be followed by...," or "these words can all be connected if you think of them in this way..."-type theme. And if that's the case, then THATSOKAY. It's still a crossword puzzle, and we still like solving them. :)