Tuesday, November 01, 2011

dead souls march on

I was sorely disappointed to discover that the mini Coffee Crisps were stale. It did curtail my dipping into the trick or treat box for just one more, however. At least until I came to the realization that the mini Kit Kats, a suitable substitute for the annual Coffee Crisp annihilation, were just fine.

The sixty-some Raggedy Annes and Maru cats who showed up at the door saved me from myself. There were more candy-deprived zombies darkening our stoop this Hallowe'en than we have seen the past three ghoul nights all together.

I, for one, am glad to see the reversal of the trend in recent years to take the kids trick-or-treating at the local mall, instead of letting them experience the darkness of the streets. So what if some of them appeared to be bussed in from other areas? At least they weren't just scooping up candy from bowls set out in front of the sunglasses shop and the hair salon. Where's the fun in that? "Look at that scary monster, mommy!" "No honey, that's just the lady who runs the tanning shop."

What was your goblin number?
And more importantly, what are you doing with your leftover minis?


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14 comments:

Allison said...

Being in an apartment, I had no trick or treaters. However, at the museum we had an event on Sunday and it was great seeing all the costumes.

Although I was rather alarmed when one child told me she her costume was "an 80s child" and her parents had purchased the costume. Guess I'm now old enough to have pre-made costume reflecting my youth. Although her hair wasn't crimped, so points taken off for that.

Wandering Coyote said...

My housemates have lived here over 3 years and in past Halloweens they've had NO trick or treaters at all, so they didn't bother buying any candy. Guess who starts showing up at 5:30pm? Kid! We turned the lights out and watched TV, which is located in the back of the house where no one from the street can see us.

I shit you not, my word verification right now is "sperm".

kelly said...

we had about 350 people come by the firehall for hot dogs and hot chocolate. That includes kids and their parents. It has grown from about 50 three years ago to this years number.

mister anchovy said...

We didn't count, but it was a steady stream of little monsters. Memphis and Ellie Mae greeted most of them.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And so it begins, Al. The long march to becoming a historical relic. Without crimped hair, of course.

At least you didn't tear leftover porkchops in half to dole out to the kids, WC. It's happened in our family...

You firedudes must throw quite a party, Kelly! That's a heck of a turnout.

The Slightly Retarded Kitty hid in the basement, Mr Anchovy. Unlike Ellie Mae and Memphis, she does not have the Hallowe'en spirit.

leazwell said...

I always have a concert so I see the evening from an entirely different perspective.

umbrellalady said...

Our numbers were down this year but we still had 98 or so kids. I was pleased to see that every one of them was dressed up, many in homemade costumes! I even had a young boy stop in just to compliment us on our pumpkins! Kudos to him for that!

kelly said...

We don't really do anything special. We put a tent out front with a sign saying "free hotdogs" I think it helped that it wasn't raining and it was chilly enough that people wanted the hot dogs and hot chocolate. The chief also tweeted it (and I swore I would never use that word) and then the mayor and a radio station re-tweeted it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Do you get to play some delightfully Hallowe'eny pieces, Leazwell.

Where do all these kids come from, Kathy? Do they bus them in from Virden?
Good to hear that you are maintaining the pumpkin carving tradition.

Wait a minute, you gave out Hallowe'en hotdogs, Kelly? Were they at least mini hotdogs?

John Mutford said...

We had about 30 or 40, a far cry from Rankin and Iqaluit where we'd get 200+.

Our own kids were back early (it was a bit chilly), so we did an emergency TootsieRoll-ectomy on their pillowcase bags and handed those most unwanted of treats out to the teenagers who were too cool for a costume, but not to trick or treat.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We used to do the exact same tootsie roll-ectomy when the RO was young, John. Probably gave the exact same gross candies to the exact same teenagers too.

kelly said...

it's not like we threw hot dogs in their goody bags, the ketchup and mustard would be too messy. We crolled the bbq out front and cooked and people came by and ate. We pulled one of the trucks out of it's bay and set up tables so people could come in and sit down and warm up.

leazwell said...

We play nothing but spooky music!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Did you all wear firefighter costumes, Kelly?

Excellent, Leazwell! I would love to attend that concert.