Saturday here, temps around 70F. So far less hoodlummy teens than in other
years, but it's only 7:35. As usual, by this time we're out of candy, and
the lights are off and the door closed.
Here is: http://radburn.org
I realize, the so-called scare of trick-and-treaters is only make-belief.
Although, sometimes kids will generate some damage if they are not pleased
with the offerings.
I feel that we are setting a poor example for our children when we encourage
them to scare people with the objective of obtaining goodies.
Maybe they become the adults who hold up banks with toy guns, and then
progress to real guns.
The whole idea of scaring people in order to obtain candies is quite
repulsive - even if it is only make-belief. Are these the principles we want
to imbue in our children?
On Sat, 31 Oct 2009 19:15:12 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
I'll bet the flu had a lot to do with it. I wonder how many people
will catch the flu waiting in line for the vaccine.
I bought my candy on Thursday, and had eaten almost a third by 8PM
last night. (out of 3 bags, two of mint 3 musketeers and one of of
peanut butter with choclate and nuts something)
I never before forgot, but at 7:00, I remembered it was Halloween, and
I plugged in my second floor doorbell**, and went downstairs to turn
on the light. However the light wouldn't go on. Not even a little
bit (it has a photocell that makes it hard to turn on, and if I don't
keep the door open and stay in the hall, I don't even know if I've
succeeded. But this time I know I didn't.)
I looked outside and there was no one. Of course it is raining, a lot
of small drops, or heavy mist, something like that.
Of course I did everything right last year and I think I had no one.
I've been meaning to ask my neighbor Debbie if she had anyone last
year, and now I see a whole year has gone by.
I'm also tucked away one house down a dead-end sidewalk and hidden
behind trees. A lot of people don't even know I'm here, but I woudl
expect children to be more well-traveled and more observant.
**It's been unplugged for two weeks because it kept buzzing
periodically even when no one was pushing the button downstairs.
When they are three feet tall, and wearing a costume with headgear (and
around here, a winter jacket against the high-30s wind chill), and too
shy to speak, how do you tell the gender? ) Other than assuming
princesses are female, and action figures are male, of course.
I didn't keep count, but they left me maybe a dozen pieces from two of
the big Sam's club bags of the name-brand chocolate 'fun size'
assortments, and most of the kids only took one. If the outer labels on
the bag were correct, and counting what I ate and have left, I had maybe
180 or so kids, unless some of their tiny hands were better at palming
extra pieces than I thought. I'd growl when the ten year olds got
grabby, but what are you going to say to a toddler?
Froze my ass off sitting out there for two hours, until I was almost out
of candy. And to bring this on-topic for the group, I really gotta
replace that fubar'd front porch with something little kids can actually
climb up without hurting themselves, so I can pass out candy through
front door like a civilized person. The steps face where the sidewalk
used to be, to the old driveway leading to the now-buried original
basement garage. When idiot previous owner (or the idiot before him, not
sure) put the addition and new garage on, they cheaped out and didn't
replace the front stoop to make the steps face the new walkway. So, you
step on to the END of the lowest step, then have an extra-high step
before you get to the porch. Then they added a cast step on top of that,
since the front door sill was still too high, pouring it against the
siding, without flashing, so it traps water behind it. The arc of the
opening storm door leaves only a tiny triangle to stand, with nothing to
hang on to except the door itself. Whole damn thing needs to be demo'd
and redone properly, about 2 feet wider. Really needs an awning above it
too, since there is almost no overhang on front of house, but there is
almost no wall showing above the front door. Real good example of why
inset front door became so popular in the 60s and early 70s- you NEED a
small front porch for safety and weather protection.
'Bout the same as last year. In 2008, we had zero trick-or-treaters.
So far this year, it's running at the same rate as last year. But I'm
I have candy left from - actually - three years ago when we did have a
Just checking, there's only enough for one kid, or possibly one group of
kids. The five-pound bag of gumdrops has morphed into a five-pound gumdrop.
Didn't have any this year. Most of my neighbors keep their outside lights
turned off. Besides there aren't any kids living around here. We only get
the ones who parents drive them around in cars. what is that for??
This nonsense of going to strangers houses for candy should be banned.
It's just not the same as when we were kids. They should go to friends
houses. Or else some of the malls hold trick or treat for the youngsters.
ghouls fighing over the five pound gumdrop, each eating from one side.
My mother and I too probably knew all the kids on our street, which
was in practice two long blocks long. I wasn't home but my mother
said kids came from other places, and she took to buying cheaper candy
for kids she didn't know. This was when people didn't give away
fun-size bars, but full size bars. (which were even more fun) One
year my mother found Klein bars, which were like Hershey bars but
cheaper I think. IIRC they were 3 cents when full-size Hershey bars
were 5 cents. So that's a lot of money, and they were just as good.
I was 7. I've never seen them befor or since.
Now it occurs to me they might have been from only one block north or
south. By the time we were 8, we went a block north, even though we
never went there the rest of the year. Except to go to Bush's, the
corner market. They lived a half block down the street and gave the
best stuff, we found out. One year they gave ice cream bars.
The market is gone now. It's a medical supply house for all the old
people. 4 blocks southwest of it was the junior high school and caddy
corner, the toy store. The toy store is gone now. It's a medical
supply house, for all the old people.
Of course now the old people are going, and soon their houses will be
sold to younger people, I guess. If they are young enough, there will
be more children, they'll reopen the grammar school (which is now
leased to a Christian community center, probably mostly for old
people. I think it was closed when I was there, and I didn't go in.).
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