Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween: Will You Turn The Lights Off?

Ellery Adams

My friends don't get my zeal for Halloween, but I've loved the holiday since I was a kid. I love to dress up, I love candy, and I love the idea of kids being able to run around a little wildly one night a year.


To get ready for All Hallow's Eve, I buy the good candy. That's right. No dum-dum pops, no rock-hard bubble gum, no raisins, pretzels, or fruit chews. I buy the chocolate blend that comes with Hershey bars, peanut butter cups, Rolos, and Kit-Kats.

And I decorate. What fun is a spooky night without a giant spider? (I'll add a strobe light to this bad boy on the 31st) and if the bubble fogger goes on sale, I'll set it up in the middle of our suburban graveyard. I also have a tree covered with light-up eyeballs, bats, pumpkins, and ghosts.


I'll carve pumpkins. This year, my pumpkins will read, GOT CANDY ?

I'll pay spooky music and while I wait for trick-or-treaters, I'll watch a scary movie on TV.

How about you? Will you answer the door wearing a witch hat or will you turn off the lights and pretend not to be at home?

16 comments:

Lynda said...

I have always loved Halloween. Don't always dress up to hand out candy, but when I was working I used to dress up every year and I loved it. I love seeing the kids dressed up - especially the little ones. The number of kids that come to my door vary from year to year. For several years, when I lived in an apartment, I didn't get any kids at all and I really missed it. Where I live now, I get a pretty good crowd, so I decorate inside and out. Really looking forward to Monday.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

The neighborhood we live in is mostly older folks now, all the kids have grown up and moved away. So we usually go out to eat and then stay in and watch movies - it's my husband's birthday.

Katreader said...

My lights will be off-as I'll be at work. I'll leave a bucket of candy out for anyone that happens to stop by-but generally no one does. My neighborhood isn't friendly to walkers and there aren't many kids. I used to decorate-but haven't lately. I do but Halloween candy though-for me!

Linda McDonald said...

Yes, I will be wearing my witch hat and passing out candy to the trick or treaters. I will carve a few pumpkins. I also buy the good Halloween candy...same stuff you buy. I have not bought it yet though because I will eat it.

Kate @ Musings said...

I will definitely don the Witch's Hat...It is the most awesome one you have seen (it's big, fuzzy and ringed with feathers!)! This year will be a mix of candy, as I bought the premium stuff to send to our girls in their first year of college!...It might get mixed with the dum-dums... My favorite is a Pumpkin Carving Party where I make things like a 'Kitty Litter' cake and 'Putrid Punch'. I think I like this holiday better than Christmas...more fun and a LOT less money!

Booklady said...

I've always loved Halloween, but about 20 years ago after my grandmother passed away was when my husband and I started planning things for Halloween. She was born on Halloween and the first birthday after she died was so hard for me. So my husband started that year making sure I had something to make me smile on Halloween. Some years we have a party. We decorate the yard and I too buy the good candy to give out. I'm an elementary school librarian and I have been known to give a book mark with the chocolate.

This year at school I will be going dressed as Marian the Librarian. The kids won't know who I am, but all the adults will.

CindyD said...

My husband has a wolf mask left from when our daughter was very little and she was Red Riding Hood and he was the big bad wolf. He always used it to answer the door. Now we live in a retirement community and we do miss the trick or treaters!

Aurian said...

O what a lot of fun you are already having!

Brittney said...

As my son is only 3 we take Halloween pretty seriously. We take him to a bunch of different events - the Zoo, the YMCA...so he can play with his cousins and friends and be all dressed up. I lived on the farm growing up so we never passed out candy. When my husband and I moved into our house we decided to be "that house" that passes out full sized candy bars :) Its my way of giving back since we couldn't when I was growing up!

Heather said...

Ellery: Looks like your house could have easily been featured in my blog post for today. I live in an apartment building, so never get trick-or-treaters. The kids usually head to one of the neighborhoods to either side of us. I'll saty in and probably watch a movie.

Dru said...

No one comes to my building or door.

Kristin A. said...

I love that you decorate your home! There is a house we've dubbed "the Halloween House" that we pass by on the way to my daughter's elementary school (she's in kindergarten). We s-l-o-w way down as we pass the house and my girls oogle over the scarecrows, bats, ghosts, and pumpkins. It is so much fun for them. I'm thinking about sending the home owners some fan mail thanking them for the joy their home brings my girls each morning. As for us, we live in an apartment, but our complex does do trick-or-treating (just hang up the specially provided door hanger so the kids now you are a trick-or-treating friendly unit). We'll see how many kids really trick-or-treat here though. I'm guessing most go to the nearby neighborhoods (neighboring neighborhoods?).

Barbara said...

When we lived in the city, we ran out of candy every year - so many kids. Now we live in the country and we get between 2 and 4 kids and that's it. I miss seeing their costumes and all the excitement but at least we can buy the good stuff for our few trick-or-treaters.

Ellery Adams said...

Okay, so last night I added an arm and a leg to the spiderweb. Since then, several cars have slowed down to do double takes. I hope I cause no fender benders!

Vickie said...

Excellent! Your house sounds like the favorite one down the street from us. You have to go through a haunted house to get to the candy.

I love Halloween, too. We have five or six tubs full of decoration for outside and in. I stuff a pair of overalls and flannel shirt for the front porch and alternate between a pumpkin or a skull for his cranium. There's a skeleton under the tree next to a tombstone and a tombstone in the middle of the yard with skeletal hands coming out. Inside it's odds and ends all around, though the stuffed pumpkins, black cats, etc all end up in Lady K's bedroom...sigh....

Anonymous said...

i dont spend anything on decorations. spend it all on candy. ~70$ worth this year, and ran out/switched to stuff i had for me like rice crispies/hershy kisses/hazelnut balls lol even gave the last few kids $5 bills because i had nothing left xD.