Interstellar Adventures

October 31, 2007

Happy Haunting

Filed under: Elle & Zed,It's Me, Lass — by InterstellarLass @ 10:04 am

Tonight the kids will go with their dad for trick-or-treating. Actually, they’ll probably go to a ‘Fall Festival’ somewhere. We haven’t done door-to-door trick-or-treating in about 5 years. We found that a lot of houses weren’t participating anymore, or they were out at festivals with their own kids. We were having to walk three or four houses before we found one with lights on. They actually get more candy at the festivals (not that I’m eating any…I promised MommaK/Kimberly over at Petroville…and I’m sticking to it!) and also get to play games. Zed’s a little old for the games, and I think this is the last year he’s decided to dress up. Elle still, of course, is all about the fun. So, it’s just me and Nick tonight to fend off the ghosts and goblins. I actually won’t be handing out any candy. Because I don’t get many trick-or-treaters either.

I was never that big on Halloween. The whole pressure of coming up with a costume was too much for me. I’ve only ever had a couple of good costumes. One year I dressed up as the Crocodile Hunter, and another year I was Anna Nicole Smith. And now they’re dead. What kind of coincidence is that? Also, pumpkins gross me out. The goo on the inside and the smell make me queasy. And yet I like the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks. Strange. Then, there’s the whole door-to-door thing. That’s just awkward. “Hey people I don’t know, give me candy.” And the inevitable disappointment of someone that hands out pencils or bags of chips. The fall festivals I think are more safe, and with the games it makes it more enjoyable than walking down the street with empty houses, listening to the kids complain about the lack of candy, their costumes, or their feet hurting. When there are bounce houses to distract, they don’t notice their feet hurt.

What’s your take on the Fall Festival vs. Trick-or-Treating phenomena that seems to have taken over?


  1. I think that’s all about the political correctness of Halloween. You know some people believe it’s satanic in some way. So, they came up with all the fall festivals to make Halloween nice. Whatever. I love Halloween, the costumes, the tricks, the treats. I have my costume on right now. I got to dress up to go to work today! If it weren’t for Halloween, I’d really hate the fall.

    Comment by carnealian — October 31, 2007 @ 11:15 am |Reply

  2. I’ve never heard of “fall festivals,” and I LOVED halloween as a kid – still do! I was thinking today that it was a pity for all these Manhattan kids to try to go trick-or-treating. Too much too fear and too many urban professionals with no candy in their apartments (like me). It made me remember fondly growing up in the burbs, running from house to house with a heavy pillow case in tow.

    Comment by buttercup — October 31, 2007 @ 9:01 pm |Reply

  3. I used to hate halloween. It always seemed like bad luck. Until I had my first date with Mrs Duck on Halloween

    oh and I tagged you last weekend

    Comment by Sparky Duck — October 31, 2007 @ 10:44 pm |Reply

  4. Actually, it’s funny you mentioned this because Brian and I decided from now on we were going to take the kids out for Halloween instead of have them trick or treat in our neighborhood. We bought a ton of candy and there were no kids and now we have our candy, plus what the kids brought home. Anyway, I think it’s a good idea.

    Comment by Jolynn — November 2, 2007 @ 10:30 am |Reply

  5. Do me a favor. Don’t dress up as Bone anytime soon, k?

    Comment by Bone — November 6, 2007 @ 11:04 pm |Reply

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