Happy Halloween

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Happy Halloween
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Thu, 10-31-2013 - 1:40am

Will you be observing Halloween in any way today? Carving a jack o lantern, passing out treats?

I'm being bah-humbug this year. Its just gotten too crazy on my street with literally hundreds of trick or treaters and I'm not really enjoying it anymore, so I'm turning off the porch light and not giving out candy. I'll probably have to put a lock on the front gate to keep the overly optimistic t-or-t'ers from ringing the bell anyway.

Just as well that I won't have any little candy bars to tempt me...but I will miss the toasted pumpkin seeds from inside the jack o lantern.

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Registered: 07-30-1997
In reply to: elc11
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 8:59am

We're having 'spirit week' at work this week - today is just costumes so I didn't want to have something that I couldn't ditch easily so most went on a sweater to be 'punny':

I printed a picture of a chicken online and have an extension cord with it over my blue shirt for chicken cordon bleu.

I have a packet of salt and a battery on one arm for assault and battery

I have 2 letter Ps and a black eye on the other for  black eyed peas

I have a medical tape ‘road’ on my back and a plastic fork in it for a fork in the road

I have a May calendar that sits over my butt for Fannie Mae

boring but effective. Tonight it's supposed to be thunderstorming but we have candy for any brave souls. I carved a Spiderman pumpkin last night.

Sue

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Registered: 10-30-2011
In reply to: elc11
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 10:36am

Well, we usually have about 3 or 4 kids every year-if it isn't too cold. Hallowe'en was never one of Adam's favourite holidays-he didn't eat sweets. (& he hated to put his hand inside the pumpkin goop). But our enthusiasm for this holiday-ANY holiday-is even less than usual this year. So I will put on my front light & I will be ready in case 4 or 5 kids adventure out in the teeming rain (Fortunately it isn't cold-just wet). I do expect that the girl from across the road will show up-she is the one who asked for & received Adam's Elvis costume-jumpsuit, cape and hairpiece.

For the record-just to show I'm not a total grinch-I used to make him costumes when he was in public school. One year I spent months making him a "psychedelic dinosaur"-neon green & bright yellow-stuffed spines on the hat, down his back, with a tail that trailed behind him. He wore it to the kindergarten parade & he wore it Hallowe'en night long enough to have is picture taken-then he went to bed (& soon to the hospital with pneumonia). A couple years later, a teacher asked if she could buy it for future plays-no, she could HAVE it for free-I believe it's been a dragon & dinosaur & I don't know what all.

I love sewing, in fact, now I have so many costume patterns to give away-from size 2 to adult. I made costumes for schools & pre-schools as well as for him. Let me say-anyone want the lot-if you are willing to pay postage you can have them!

But to get back to the question-yes, I will do Hallowe'en-but no pumpkin, no phony spider's web in the tree (with creepy spiders in it), or witches hanging off the porch-but candy I can do. Hands full of it because what I don't give out-we will "have to" eat (waste is bad-better(?)it sit on my hips than it be wasted.)

Nora

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Registered: 04-29-2000
In reply to: elc11
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 11:36am

I am actually hoping for a good crowd of trick or treaters this year as I  have quite a lot of candy to shell out.  I think I have about a 100 bagged candy (I like to make bags up of the assortment) and in years past we've actually only had about 75 to 85 children come by.  Last year we were in Ontario at this time so we weren't home to give out treats.  So I haven't got a number of children from last year - I do wonder if the numbers are going down a bit.  As a friend here said, since our community has now all been built - the children have other streets to go to and years ago when the community was quite young,  there were only so many streets in total.  Also as our community ages, we may have less children as they grow up but it's a fairly large community and I don't think there's a shortage of children yet.  However, children generally may go on the streets they live on and maybe our street is a good one in that it's a 'connector' to the very long 'ring road' type of street that goes all around.  Anyway the thing is, the weather will be good (no rain, not too cold, just a bit windy so they say).  I am fairly certain we'll have 'leftovers' of treats.  I'm going to offer them to my children who will probably be here for supper on Sunday.  No doubt I'll probably have a few of those little chocolate treats myself, but I'll have to not have them around too long to continue tempting me!

We have a smallish pumpkin we bought and Ray cleaned out its insides and I carved a silly simple face on it.  We have some plastic skulls that our second eldest DS had, still kicking around in boxes in our garage I guess...so Ray placed those out front. 

It's also Ray's birthday today!  But he rarely gets to celebrate it on the day...we are usually too busy handing out candy - though at least no longer need to deal with dressing up children and taking them out!  (I was never a huge fan of making costumes, I will admit!).

Shirley

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 3:39pm

Suzy, I LOVE your costume!  Costume + puns = awesome!

We live on a rural street that is fairly busy but narrow.  The houses are pretty far apart - everyone has at least an acre, and the houses are kind of set back.  It's dreadful for trick or treating.  When my older kids were little, there were other children on the street and everyone trudged around to each other's houses - it would take 45 mins to get to fewer than 10 houses.  No one has come to our house in years now. 

This is 13yo DS's first year not going trick or treating.  He and his friend went to school today with Minecraft heads on - his friend was a creeper and he was Steve.  He made the head himself with a template printed from the internet and glued to a box.  He was pretty psyched about it this morning.  DH is going to press wine tonight so DS & I will be alone.  I'm thinking we'll watch a movie that's mildly creepy but not actually scary - maybe a Tim Burton movie.

Halloween was my least favorite holiday growing up for lots of complicated reasons, and I still don't like it.  Maybe I should go as the Grinch. :)

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Registered: 08-22-2009
In reply to: elc11
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 7:18pm

I had a last minute change of heart.  We have fewer and fewer kids every year.  Last year after getting only 10 i decided that I would no longer participate.  But I couldn't do it.  I would be different if we were not home but I could not be home and  ignore any that may come.  So I stopped on the way home from work  and bought some candy.

No more carving of pumpkins, a few years ago I bought a plastic plug in one. 

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Registered: 10-30-2011
In reply to: elc11
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 8:03pm

I thought I'd share "OUR" Hallowe'en story. We had our usual-actually, smaller than usual-2 kids this year. There would have been 3, but the little girl (age 1)got all decked out in her lion costume, then caught sight of herself in the window & panicked & was too scared to go anywhere. So she stayed home with Daddy & her big brother went out as Spiderman, with Mommy. I gave him the rest of the candy to share with his little sister.

Living where we do-a lot of the kids go into town. Our house is on a hill-& no street lights here-so if you don't know the driveway is a "U" shape-you aren't apt to try it. So I'm never surprised that there aren't many. But this is the first time I've heard of a wee one scaring herself too much to go out. I thought it was pretty funny.

Nora

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Registered: 04-29-2000
Thu, 10-31-2013 - 10:10pm

Hey Sue, your costume was clever and funny or should I say 'punny'!  Well, it's almost past the witching hour...or what I mean is it's just past 8 p.m. and there won't be too many more trick or treaters coming out way.  Which is too bad...Do I have leftovers!  Even if I give out two bags per person, I still will probably have a lot left!  This is the first year we have had mostly older kids... I guess they are all growing up!  But other years we have seen so many little tots with their parents and this year, hardly any at all. 

I've had a few little chocolate treats as we wait for the doorbell to ring, and Ray had even bought a bag of Cheezie treats (just because he wanted some of those) - so we each ate one of those.  I don't know but I want to ask....'Where's the cheese?"  Ugh.... they were pure salt and not much else.  Honestly, I wondered if they just forgot to put cheese flavour on those things.  (These arenot those 'airy' cheese puff things but something harder and brilliant orange in colour.  Never again!

Shirley

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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Fri, 11-01-2013 - 2:41am

There were a lot of ghouls out in our neighborhood tonight---but as previously mentioned we didn't pass out candy. At 5:30 when I put the lock on the front gate they were already arriving in cars, by dark the entire street was full of cars (at night there are usually very few cars parked on our street). At 9 I went out to remove the lock and there were still a few stragglers.

We had a good dinner, in peace. Our favorite Chinese restaurant is closing (today was their last day) and we wanted one last meal from them. We went there on Tuesday evening and it was packed with a 1 hour wait to be seated, too long for us so we left. Today, Enrique decided to call in an order for pickup in the late afternoon so we got to have our favorite dishes in the comfort of our home.

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Fri, 11-01-2013 - 11:25am

I thought there would be few trick or treaters at our door past 8:00 but we actually got quite a few, and mostly big kids.  I think because we hadn't extinguished the candle in our pumpkin and hadn't shut our porch light that these kids figured we were still 'in business' and well, I must say I was happy enough to give out more treats but still we have too many leftovers!  By 8:45 it was all over and we shut our light and blew out the candle in the pumpkin. 

The local radio station this morning was asking for some counts of trick or treaters from people in different Calgary communities to see who may have had the most numbers.  Well, apparently someone in our community here had something like 400 and plus kids!  I do wonder if that was a house with a lot of decorations (i.e. spooky house to visit or whatever to attract viewers).  And at one point a group of girls at our door said that there were a lot of people in a certain section of our community because they were giving out 'awsome treats' (or something like that) - I didn't quite catch what those treats may have been but the area they mentioned was the 'rich' area of our community...the giant houses that line the lake in our community!  Do you think the word got out and everyone went over there?  We got maybe 60 kids at the very most.  We even had a couple of girls come twice to our door at the end of the evening... I heard Ray say to them "Hey, you were here before" and they may have feigned ignorance but as Ray said. "How could we forget you?" One was a white angel and one was a black angel.  LOL.  But we were just as happy to give out more treats because as I said...we have too much!  I must keep this in mind next year....I will definitely buy less.

Shirley

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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Fri, 11-01-2013 - 7:20pm

In the past a couple of houses on my street have gone all out on decorating their yards, and on Halloween night they were playing Monster Mash etc while passing out goodies. My guess is that was what started the interest in this street...because before that we got maybe 40-50 kids at the most. Now, one of those houses has stopped decorating for Halloween (but traditionally he starts putting out his Xmas decorations in early Nov and by Xmas the joke is that you can see his yard from space it is so bright) but my next door neighbor still puts up strobe lights which attracts a lot of attention. If she were to take a couple of years off I suspect that the numbers would drop off. On my block there are 7 kids and in the next block I don't think there are any kids, so these are not just neighborhood kids. This area somehow got a reputation for being good for trick or treating---which it didn't have when my kids were at that age.