Sunday, November 2, 2008

trick or treat

We live in the artsy-fartsty section of town and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love our neighborhood, with all its quirks and eccentricities, and have always looked forward to Halloween for the effort that people put into their houses. This is one of the areas that attracts people from other parts of town, partly because we get into it so much, but also just because of the feel. It's a pretty cozy place to be, and the fact that there's chocolate involved only makes it better.

There were a few things that stood out. The house down the street where the kids all got Reeses Peanut Butter cups and the adults all got big cups of hot apple cider (and a generous slug of rum). The fact that Surder Dude's teacher was trick or treating in our neighborhood with her kids - and wearing a strictly forbidden during work hours political t-shirt. I think she passed 90% of her students, and they all said "oooh...are you allowed to wear that?" The fact that the two other adults I was with fessed up that their favorite part of Halloween was being able to look in people's houses after dark and check out their paint colors and architecture. (Whew. I thought it was just me).

But the "highlight" of the evening was the house toward the very end of our route. It was getting late, and as we approached the (well-lit and decorated) porch, the kids noticed a sign that said (in big letters) TAKE ONE. So they raced onto the porch, expecting to TAKE ONE piece of candy, and this is what they found:

A bottle of shampoo

A roll of toilet paper

A flashlight

A pack of gum

A pile of business cards from a local private investigator

A can of pork and beans

Discount coupons for a restaurant that doesn't exist anymore

A bunch of books of matches

A pack of baby wipes

and my personal favorite

A big can of saurkraut

It must have been a trick. Because it was certainly no treat.


Hilary said...

That's awesome. I should have done that--then I wouldn't be sitting here with a bowl of leftover candy.

ped crossing said...

That is hilarious.

I admit that I always look towards people's windows to see how they have decorated. It is my inner busy body/decorator.

Thalia's Child said...

That is so awesome... heh

I found myself enjoying peeking in neighbour's houses last night myself. I felt naughty. Now that I know I'm not the only one, I will keep a better eye out next year :D

lv4921391 said...

I'm a perve and enjoyed that aspect of halloween...peeking in the houses...I enjoy looking at the backgrounds now of people that post their pictures on the net.

Akelamalu said...

What did you take? ((wink))

-Ann said...

I'd have a tough time choosing between the flashlight and the toilet paper.

Iota said...

I don't know. A bottle of shampoo can be a treat.

Frances said...

that is soo good. I would feel too mean doing it, but what a giggle!
This year we got so few kids coming round we were left with bags of chocolate and candies. Waistlines are expanding over here.

the rotten correspondent said...

Well, I'm with -ann. It's hard passing up the flashlight OR the toilet paper. But one of the little girls with our group grabbed the flashlight right away - and the toilet paper was unwrapped and open. Eeew.

We just quietly moved on to the next house.

the rotten correspondent said...

and I've been eating leftover candy myself. burp.

aims said...

I always look in other people's houses after dark. I remember doing that since I was a teenager.

We turn out our lights and move around in the gloaming so that kids don't come to our house. I heard this week that kids never came here anyway because it was too scary of a house to walk up to in the dark. I couldn't afford to give candy away when I was trying to do it all on my own - so I just didn't.

The house next door - the original farmhouses - they have a graveyard - 'boot hill' - witches and skeletons - fog machines - you name it. It is really spooky looking and people come from miles around to go there.

We sit in the dark in the kitchen and watch the 'brave' kids walk through the graveyard and go inside the dark house. One small boy jumped about a foot when a skeleton howled and started to shake his chains. Put a smile on my sad face.

CrazyCath said...


(does that make me wicked?)

my two cents said...

Were the kids annoyed? Personally, I think it is genius, as you might imagine. What amazes me is that the can of sauerkraut hadn't been thrown through the livingroom window! I might give it a try one year!!

Pamela said...

the flashlight would have been my choice I think.
Did anyone tp their house?

Tiggerlane said...

Okay - that was hysterical!

And where I live? That pork and beans would have been GONE.