Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween in the Neighborhood

This is Halloween by Nightmare Before Christmas on Grooveshark

My neighborhood does Halloween right.  When I was growing up, there were a lot of kids in the area who were around the same ages as Sarah and me, so we all gathered every year to trick or treat together.  A family down the street would throw a party; we'd fortify ourselves with pizza or beer, depending on age, and we'd head out to stock up on candy.  Once we'd made the rounds, we'd return to the host house and count up our hauls while watching movies.  (This is where I first saw Hocus Pocus and Father of the Bride, which means it's where/when I learned what virgins and condoms are.  The virgin explanation made sense, but I thought that condoms were like special seatbelts for men until I was about 12.  Thanks, neighbors!)

Anyway, I haven't been part of the local Halloween scene for more than a decade, but I'm ready to jump back in this year!  And even though I'm not in the right age bracket to be clued in about the kids in the neighborhood, Charlie and I see tons of children waiting at bus stops in the morning, so I'm optimistic about getting a good crowd.   (Be prepared for some serious cute on Tuesday, by the way, when I post photos of Charlie in costume!)  Everyone's in on the fun - the houses are bedecked with spiderwebs and pumpkins and skeletons and ghosts and ghoulishness galore.

Happy Halloween, dear readers!  I'd love to hear about your plans - will you be getting into the spirit of the holiday?

all photos taken by me, October 2012


  1. La Chapstick FanatiqueOctober 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    i wish we got trick-or-treaters. I buy candy every year and we always end up eating it.

    This year though, it doesn't matter. I have a college fair I have to be at that night for work. Who plans a college fair on Halloween??

  2. Sounds like such a wonderful neighbourhood to grow up in :) We always went tick-or-treating, but usually it would just be our family and maybe some family friends that would come out and join us. I love that you guys had a place to gather for dinner (and beer) and then return to for festive movies :) Kinda makes me wish I was a kid all over again!

  3. I am totally jamming out to "This is Halloween" right now! haha. I love that song/movie. I don't know if we will get any trick or treaters this year, but I bought some candy just in case. I really hope so. I love Halloween!

  4. sometimes I randomly shout out "AND I, JACK, THE PUMKIN KING!" while going about my normal business. it scares people.

  5. it was so fun! probably totally disgusting, in retrospect, but so fun :)

  6. my mother has a method: she only buys candy that she doesn't like - that way, if there are leftovers, she's not tempted!

    so frustrating that you have to work. can you show up in costume? haha

  7. I've never had trick-or-treaters anywhere I've lived! Though I'm always prepared, because the one time I don't pick up those dadgum mini-Snickers bars, the kids will show up. ;-)

  8. I'm so happy you posted that song because I had forgotten all about it! Today, when I dress my dog in his costume, he's going to be dancing around to that song :)


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