Hallowe’en High Horse

There is only one way to start this post:
What is wrong with kids today? They're not even trying! In my day, we earned our Halowe'en candy, by God!

Observed on Savannah Halowe'en 2006:
The Bad:

  • Kids without costumes. WTF? Would you ever have considered having the balls to go tricker treating in shorts and a t-shirt? So far about a quarter of the kids at our door were in street clothes. Not even fake blood trickling from the mouth.
  • The grabbing hands (grab all they can). Again, WTF? I started the evening letting kids choose a candy from the big pasta pot. That ended after the McGrabby sisters cleared out a third of our candy!
  • Not saying "Thank you" even when reminded by mom!
  • Trick-or-treating teens…without little siblings in tow!
  • Trick-or-treating teens…without little siblings in tow…or costumes!
  • Trick-or-treating adults…without children in tow!
  • Trick-or-treating adults…without children in tow…or costumes! WTF?!
  • I didn't even have time to hook up spooky sounds outside. Next year we do it up right!

The Good:

  • A little boy and girl gave Annika some of their candy at our door! My heart melted! Almost makes up for the McGrabby sisters.
  • Little black Dracula! His three older brothers were not in costume, but this dapper five-year-old gentleman had a cape, vest, medallion, teeth, blood, the works! Luckily, I didn't call him Blackula. I can't assume five-year-olds in Savannah have seen that fine film…or Pee Wee's Playhouse.
  • Lots of "Thank you"s…a few of which were prompted by moms.
  • Annika carefully placing some candy in a few trick-or-treater bags!
  • Annika was initially scared of our jack-o-lantern…but eventually said "Hi pumpkin!" They are friends now and he's not scary.
  • A little black girl wearing the exact same ballerina outfit that Annika's wearing! Her mom: "They're twins! that's so cute!"

Just Funny:

  • "Oh! look at that big ol' dog! He scary!"
  • Mom on sidewalk: "Jus' empty out all yo candy into their bags an you be done fo the night!"
  • "Y'all got any bottled water? We're thirsty!"*
  • On the satellite dish, Mommie Dearest has been running over and over on Oxygen right next door to Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street on the programming grid. Spoooooky!

*On trip number two to the store to restock on candy I got a case of little water bottles. They went fast! Who'd have thunk that the most popular treat would be water! How very Tank Girl.

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3 Responses to Hallowe’en High Horse

  1. matokie says:

    i usually try to confound the non-costume-wearers with some reference
    to guy fawkes day and hand them a penny for the guy. but i am
    happy to report that i've had a ninja turtle, a princess, and a
    pirate. all kids i know quite well, but never you mind
    that. now i'm turning the light off and going to bed.

  2. Enola says:

    Maybe this makes me a jerk, but I feel like I'd just say 'NO COSTUME, NO CANDY!' Cuz like, COME ON! Especially for the teens and adults. They are old enough to know how it works!

  3. Beca says:

    Well I guess that all answered any questions I had about whether we'd even get any trick or treaters at our house! We aren't really on a busy block, but hadn't really planned on all the kids "bussing in" from other neighborhoods! I thought I had overshot getting a huge caldron of candy. Live and learn.

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