Wednesday, October 21, 2015

GHOSTS AND PIRATES AND ALL THINGS SPOOKY

In just ten days, the ghosts and pirates, zombies and vampires, along with princesses and skeletons, pumpkins and witches will be out, gathering loot (candy). Today the kids' trick-or-treating is pretty much under control, with stores and malls and haunted houses and places like that providing the treats. In my day, which was quite awhile ago, we went around the neighborhood, sack in our hands and knocked on people's doors. Most of the neighbors gave us candy. The ones that ignored us, we left confetti on their porches. We were really mean kids.

Sometimes we had parties, and I really enjoyed those. Dunking for apples and scavenger hunts were a lot of fun. For our church department luncheon last Saturday, I dressed up in my fringed vest, jeans and cowboy boots. Everyone thought I was Annie Oakley. Who was I to argue?

So, what are your plans for Halloween? Going trick-or-treating with the kids? I used to take my boys around the neighborhood, and we lived where a lot of kids lived. I usually ran out of candy.

From my ghosts to your ghosts, have fun, but stay safe.
 
 
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20 comments:

  1. Great post Beverly, Halloween is always a good subjecgt to write about.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne. I just read your Halloween dream. Spooky. :)

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  2. We used to go around to a lot of the houses too. Never did anything bad to the ignoring ones though.

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    1. The good old days, Pat. :) We shouldn't have scattered confetti.

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  3. Though our kids stopped trick or treating a few years ago, we still have kids that come to the house. I love to see their costumes and their enthusiasm.

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    1. I used to enjoy the costumes too, Kai. Haven't had a visitor since we moved to the country.

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  4. Ah, the days when it was safe to go door-to-door...
    No kids and no parties that I know of. Might just watch a horror film that night.

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    1. That would be a good night to watch a horror film, Alex. I'll probably watch Charlie Brown. :)

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  5. I LOVE Halloween. We're taking the kids to a neighborhood where friends live and people decorate to the MAX. It's seriously the most festive Halloween spot in all of central Florida, plus we get to trick or treat with our buddies (and the kids buddies too).

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    1. Sounds like a lot of fun, Crystal. I miss those times. The kids in their costumes and of course the candy. :)

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  6. I love Halloween, but I remember there was a greater spirit for it when I was a kid. I haven't seen a trick or treater in years. They don't seem to come to doors anymore, at least where I am. They trick or treat in public places. There also doesn't seem to be much done in schools either with the focus on curriculum and test-taking during holiday times.

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    1. Yes, Medeia, times have changed. I think part of it is that parents are afraid to let their kids go trick or treating. I also remember before I retired, the holiday had changed. Where we once decorated our classrooms with spooky fun things, we were no longer allowed to use anything except pumpkins, cats, scarecrows, but no ghosts or witches or such. And it seems like all the schools do these days is test the students or prepare to test the students. I wonder how the kids years ago ever graduated without those tests. They did.

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  7. My mother-in-law lives in one of those neighborhoods where everyone drops their kids off because they get TONS of candy there...it's crazy. It looks like Disney World out there, with big crowds of kids constantly streaming past. She spent something like $100 on candy and ran out in about two hours, so she turned off her light and hung an, "Out of Candy" sign and they still came up, knocking. That ended my saying, "I want to live in a neighborhood that celebrates Halloween." We aren't in a neighborhood anymore--just on a main street--so I don't expect any trick-or-treaters unless parents just pull into our driveway and let their kids come to our door.

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    1. That reminds me of one neighborhood we lived in. There were at least two kids in every house, more in many of them. They all went trick or treating. One year I ran out of candy too, so I whipped up some cupcakes and popped them in the oven. When I told the kids about them, they'd wait on the porch until the cupcakes were done. Then I gave up and turned off the lights, like your mother-in-law. No one comes to our house in the country. It's dark. :)

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  8. I'll be trick or treating with my daughter. She loves Halloween and has had her costume for months. :)

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    1. I used to enjoy going trick or treating with my boys. Have a great time with your daughter.

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  9. What great Halloween memories. (And I enjoyed reading your comments, too.) Confetti doesn't sound very mean to me. Way nicer than egging or streaming toilet paper everywhere.

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    1. Ah, yes, the good old days. :) Thanks, Lexa. We thought we were being wicked at the time. We giggled about the people having to sweep up the confetti.

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  10. I don't get many trick or treaters where I live. I did love to go trick or treating when I was a kid. Costumes and candy! Yes! :)

    ~Jess

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    1. It was a lot of fun, Jess. Now, around here the stores in the mall give out candy and some of the hotels do too. I guess some kids still trick or treat in their neighborhoods, but I'm not sure.

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