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Old 10-29-2014, 02:12 PM   #11
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It's rather lovely here in the village as we get a flyer about a week before telling us (from the parents association) that the kids accompanied by some adults will be going around the houses at from about 6pm onwards and our welcome would be appreciated. All 'goodies' are collected in a big bag and later shared out over soup/ hot chocolate and no doubt a glass of wine for the grown-ups. Pride is taken in making home-made costumes, make-up etc. and WE are suitably scared, impressed, frightened by the results! I respect the idea of making your own fancy dress and fun and so I make cookies, sweeties and light lots of candles at the entrance to add to the atmosphere. As we are Scottish, not French, the kids are already in awe of us and I'm sure that they are delighted that we join in......at least I hope so
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Old 10-29-2014, 02:53 PM   #12
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I hate to sound like a Grinch/Scrooge (or whatever the Halloween equivalent is) but we just aren't going to do the candy thing anymore. There was a time when most of the kids in our neighborhood were of that age, but are now in high school or college. Last year, we had a total of 7 kids, and all but a couple were well into their teens. We didn't know any of them and, to make matters worse, one broke a landscaping light.

On top of that, I'm diabetic and don't want candy around the house.

So this year we're going to shut off the porch light, put the dogs in their kennels, and head out to see a movie.
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Old 10-29-2014, 03:35 PM   #13
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I am old and decrepit. Having to run to the door every time some obnoxious rug rat shows up with a mask and a bag is a royal pain.

I get out of work, I go to a restaurant for dinner, then I go to a movie. By the time I get home, all the little brats are in bed dreaming about how they can be even more annoying tomorrow.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:27 PM   #14
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Steve, not Grinchy or Scrooge-y sounding at all....hope you enjoy your date night out at the movies.

Sir Loin, on the other hand.... :-)
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:12 PM   #15
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We give out a full-sized assortment of Hershey's and Mars candy bars. I've given out Dove in the past, but DW thinks that the kids only like Mars candies, and Reese's. She still believes that her favorites are the only favorites.

When the kids took mostly Hershey's product two years back, she grudgingly quit complaining when I insist that we include that product.

Ah well, it is what it is. Any way you look at it, I still play harmless and fun tricks on the kids. They love coming to our house, even if we only get 30 to 40 as we live outside of town as well.

For those of you with yards, try fishing for them, wearing a crazy swamp outfit or something, with a heavy pole and line, and a bag of candy bars as bait. It's a hoot. When one of the kids grabs the bag, yell to the house - "Martha, get the pot ready! I got one!"

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Old 10-29-2014, 06:48 PM   #16
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Every year I buy an assortment of candy that I like. I don't get those silly tiny candy bars. There is no fun in fun sized. I go for the full sized bars. Why get a candy bar unless it's the real thing? Besides I'd like for them to remember Halloween as I do. You got a real candy bar for your effort and not some tiny version someone gave you to save a buck.

I get Snickers, Dove bars (Milk & Dark), and whatever I'm in the mood for while I'm standing there looking at candy and recalling my days of trick or treating. I buy several whatever they come in packs. Lets just say I have plenty of candy.


I haven't had a Trick or Treater come to my house in the 22+ years I've lived here.

But if do get one they will be the happiest little trick or treaters in the world.
I plan to let them pick the candy of there choice and once they've done that I'll dump every piece of candy I have into there bag.
They will have scored a winner and my butt won't grow several inches due to excessive candy intake
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:40 PM   #17
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Every year I buy an assortment of candy that I like. I don't get those silly tiny candy bars. There is no fun in fun sized. I go for the full sized bars. Why get a candy bar unless it's the real thing? Besides I'd like for them to remember Halloween as I do. You got a real candy bar for your effort and not some tiny version someone gave you to save a buck.

I get Snickers, Dove bars (Milk & Dark), and whatever I'm in the mood for while I'm standing there looking at candy and recalling my days of trick or treating. I buy several whatever they come in packs. Lets just say I have plenty of candy.


I haven't had a Trick or Treater come to my house in the 22+ years I've lived here.

But if do get one they will be the happiest little trick or treaters in the world.
I plan to let them pick the candy of there choice and once they've done that I'll dump every piece of candy I have into there bag.
They will have scored a winner and my butt won't grow several inches due to excessive candy intake
You've been buying full-sized candy bars for 22 years and haven't had a trick or treater. You butt isn't the issue here.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:49 PM   #18
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We give out tootsie pops. They come in a huge bag from costco and aren't too tempting if there are some left. A few years ago we also tried giving out full sized airheads - they come in a box from cash and carry and are pretty cheap but we found that we had repeaters at the door and so never did that again.

We also give out booze to our neighbors who trick or treat each year with shot glasses - sort of a local tradition.
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Old 10-29-2014, 07:58 PM   #19
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We live on 11 acres almost 14 miles out in the country so no chance of little ghoulies and goblins, except for grandchildren escorted by their parents.

Having said that, we still have a bowl of (our favorite) candy at the ready in the case of emergency trick-or-treaters stopping by.
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Old 10-29-2014, 08:06 PM   #20
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You've been buying full-sized candy bars for 22 years and haven't had a trick or treater. You butt isn't the issue here.


Oh yes my butt is the issue.

I use Halloween as an excuse to buy excessive amounts of candy.

I know I won't be able to give it away.

It goes to my butt.

Hello, I'm Zagut. I'm a Chocoholic.

Sweet's are my middle name if I let them.

But Hey, It's only once a year.
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