Trick or Treat

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    Nov 01, 2007 2:22 AM GMT
    I got 24 trick or treaters tonight. Cute little buggers. Makes me get that urge again to breed.

    How many of y'all handed out candy? What's it like in your 'hood? Do kids still trick or treat where you live? Any of you health nuts hand out non-candy?
  • upsguy68

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    Nov 01, 2007 3:23 AM GMT
    I volunteered at the Fall Festival in the middle of our small town. The store owners hand out candy and
    our church sponsored the huge "jumpin gyms" and had
    games that the kids could play for candy. We still have neighborhoods where the kids actually go to the
    houses and "trick or treat." It was great and the kids were really cute. But it didn't make me want to go out and make a few of them!!!
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    Nov 01, 2007 3:32 AM GMT
    Been in my house 3 Halloweens now and finally got mobbed by the little crumb catchers. Probably about 30 or so - sucks where I live though b/c I'm the only house on my block - so the kids usually don't walk this way because in the distance it takes to hit one (my) house they can hit 4 on the other streets. Still they're darned cute. And I did trick-or-beer for the dads and trick-or-wine for the moms and THAT was a huge hit.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 01, 2007 3:34 AM GMT
    I'm with you Rugger, handed out candy at my home. Had 25 trick or treaters. Very nice, fun. Forgot we are on the "daylight side" yet of the time change so I planned my day to be home earlier than I had to be. I just hand out candybars, probably not the best, but
    at least I've heard some not too bad commentary on
    the dental side with candy bars. Had to keep
    the beagles entertained so they wouldn't be all over the kids.
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    Nov 01, 2007 3:59 AM GMT
    COJ: Haha great idea...I might try that one next year!
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    Nov 01, 2007 4:09 AM GMT
    Our town always shifts trick-or-treat night to a different night whenever Halloween falls on a Wednesday because Wednesday nights are church nights. So, Monday was the big night around here. However, I'm 5 miles out in the country, and there are no trick-or-treaters out here.
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    Nov 01, 2007 4:14 AM GMT
    Halloween is a big neighborhood thing in our part of DC. We get about a hundred kids, from toddlers through Jr. High age, plus get to meet a lot of the neighbors. We decorate the front porch and get into costumes (I was a convict in a striped outfit and skullcap). The littlest kids are the cutest, sometimes too scared to come up to the porch, so we take off the masks and coax them up with candy( Wish it was that easy with 20-yr old hunks!) A lot of the costumes are wonderfully inventive--We had a stoplight and a mailbox for example, plus fairy princesses, pirates, superheroes, a T-Rex and all sorts of characters from kid shows and movies which I do not know AT ALL. Virtually no Harry Potter characters this year, and no politicians, which we always used to get a lot of. A lot of fun, it's over by 8 pm, and then we turn off the porchlights and have a cocktail!
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    Nov 01, 2007 4:38 AM GMT
    This was my first halloween on this street in Ferndale (a suburb just north of Detroit) and we had a TON of kids! We gave out nine bags of candy bars and had to turn our lights out at 7:15 to keep them from coming up for nothing.

    I'm generally not a big Halloween fan, but I thought it was really cool to see all of my neighbors out on their porches, socializing and making a real community go of it tonight.

    And it's the first Halloween where it was still light outside as the kids started Trick or Treating. That's at least one benefit of the new Daylight Savings Time dates.

    Here in Michigan it was pretty warm too - a great night to be out!
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    Nov 01, 2007 4:56 AM GMT
    i found a guy at a club that asked me trick or treat and boy did we trick and treat each others 4 a real long time SoHO tonight... we are even meeting again!!! so trick or treat has many meaning with different types of candy!
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    Nov 01, 2007 5:56 AM GMT
    Some punks tried to trash my mailbox, but I put a lot of extra steel into this one. With any luck, it broke their bat and maybe fractured a wrist.

    Some coyotes came by around ten o'clock.

    Children of the night.
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    Nov 01, 2007 10:35 AM GMT
    No trick or treaters, though the young couple down the hall did dress their 2 yo kid up like a little teddy bear.

    icon_biggrin.gif TOO damned cute.

    I like watching the little kids; living in an apartment building I miss not having any trick or treaters.



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    Nov 01, 2007 10:36 AM GMT
    Wouldnt even know it was halloween on my street. There just single renters with no kids. But many of the adults sure are acting like them- there just not asking for candy.
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    Nov 01, 2007 12:07 PM GMT
    Haloween is more and more like going to church, its a tradition the parents comply to and try to run with efficiency.

    My parents got 6 groups all night. Each escorted and bused via SUV or car. Less and less each year, kids around here don't stick to where they live.

    Everyone gets bused out to sheltered developments, Meadowbrook, Knollwood, Highland Oaks etc. Safe places full of the wealthy white.

    I was out for the night but I almost got in a fight with some tweaked out underwear slut and took $100 from his undies and his T-shirt as punishment. A nice treat for me icon_twisted.gif
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    Nov 01, 2007 12:11 PM GMT
    I didn't this year. I did last year though, and since i studied ninjitsu all kids dressed as ninja got EXTRA candy!

    I got pics of my best friends kids as they trick or treated and let me tell you, they ALWAYS make me wanna go out and have a brood of my own, ESPECIALLY the twins Jillian and Jonny who are 6.

    PS: You'll be able to see little Jonny as a boxer in the Big Lots Holiday ads which should be coming out soon to those of you in the US! He's kinda famous HA HA HA HA

    ::sigh:: Halloween is over and that makes me sad. It's the only holiday i even care about, now all i can do is brace myself for the damned cold and red and green commercial cheer... bah freakin hum bug!
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    Nov 01, 2007 12:16 PM GMT
    I STILL SMELL THE CHILDREN.
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    Why must I always be the one
    that goes out and finds them?


    Ahhh, such cute little burgers.
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    Nov 01, 2007 12:47 PM GMT
    Aero... you crack me UP!
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    Nov 01, 2007 12:49 PM GMT
    Todd and I handed out candy last night. Only a handful, and I am not sure if it's because this part of town has only a few families with kids or not or if it's because the house we moved into (yesterday!!!) has been vacant for such a long time. Doesn't matter, I guess. The few we got were a delight.
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    Nov 01, 2007 1:06 PM GMT
    Our neighborhood has cycled around to having young families again. So we get a lot of little kids now.

    My great neice and nephews:
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    Nov 01, 2007 1:09 PM GMT
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    Which neighbourhood would that be, exactly?
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    Nov 01, 2007 1:12 PM GMT
    HAHAHAHAHA!
  • Salubrious

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    Nov 01, 2007 1:34 PM GMT
    Caslon: that's an adorable picture!

    I slept through most of Halloween this year, unfortunately, so no fun for me.
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    Nov 01, 2007 2:14 PM GMT
    LOL, I was at work last night, but we did hand out candy to the kids that came in. Mostly it was family and regular customers though. Still, they were cute.
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    Nov 01, 2007 3:46 PM GMT
    I LOVE Halloween. It's far and away my absolute all-time favorite tradition. And it's not just the adorable spectacle of hoards of children and teenagers coming to my door for candy, but the traditions of Samhien as well. Inside, I have a few dozen decorations, from cute to the macabre (mostly macabre! :twistedicon_smile.gif set on various tables, walls and counter tops: candles, bats, black cats, skulls, gargoyles, ghosts, wolves, dragons, oh yeah and some pumpkins, too. The large storm window is lit with bright orange lights drooping eerily below while a glowing black cat keeps it's presence in mind. And outside, there's a bunch of lights scattered throughout the small bushes and tree, flashing purple and orange.

    In the past, I'd bought several huge bags of candy: M&Ms, Snickers, Reese's, Hershey's, all the little goodies and then some. And they were all given out in handfuls of 3 or 4 at a time. This year was a little different though. This year, because I had a stroke in March of 2006, I remain unemployed, sadly, and I rely entirely on Social Security, barely surviving right now. But for me it was of prime importance to make sure the kids still get candy. I bought only one large bag and two smaller bags of candy and decided each kid would only get one piece of candy from me this year. I was worried about how this would go through though. Did everybody else give out 5 pieces of candy each, like I used to? Would they know I only had one piece for each of them? I set it all out to see how well I could do.

    As it turned out, I was literally thrilled to tears there were so many kids out there. Pirates, princesses, Darth Vaders, kids with H U G E Mexican sombreros, Batmen and Robins, (no Supermen this year) cheerleaders, Japanese samari's and many many others were presented; each of them asking "Trick or treat?" and each one recieving just one piece of candy from me. I gave out about 130 pieces and had to close the door at 8 pm when I passed out the last piece. And you know what? Not a single kid ever said anything bad about 'just one piece of candy'. They all greeted me with fun in their voices and always thanked me pleasantly and ran off to the next house in their continual fervent jubilation. And a lot of the moms and dads even complimented me on the neat-o lights I did!

    So I learned something last night. (cues up Kyle from South Park) Despite my meager offerings this year, the kids had a GREAT time out there anyways.

    And I did, too.
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    Nov 01, 2007 6:40 PM GMT
    We had two trick-or-treaters come to our door this Halloween. Our neighborhood is full of overprotective mothers driving slowly behind their children in SUVs, dreading that they'll be poisoned by bite-sized chocolates or cut by razor-filled hard candies.

    Halloween used to be the best holiday.

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    Nov 02, 2007 3:03 AM GMT
    Our house is on a corner, so I was up and down getting the doors all night till about 9:30, then lights out. I gave candy to about had 45 trick or treaters. I think the kids are getting bigger and older each yearicon_question.gif two pieces only kidicon_exclaim.gif Now I have a shit ton of candyicon_eek.gif