Wednesday, October 25, 2006

I don't want to hear any Halloween excuses

Here's the deal: You dress up, I give you candy. Here's another part of the deal: If you don't want to bother with either the candy giving or the dressing up, don't. Turn out the lights, stay home, go somewhere else where no one expects anything out of you. But don't expect me to fulfill one part of the deal when you don't pony up to the other. Meaning, no costume, no candy.
I like Halloween well enough that I do buy candy and look forward to giving it to the kids who come by. However, there are a number of kids who don't bother and just ruin the spirit of it. When enough uncostumed kids show up at my door halfway through I just don't want to be bothered because I feel that someone (several someones) aren't keeping up their end of the deal.
Rapper, is not a costume. As I have noticed it does not require you to look any different than you normally do.
Being poor is not a valid excuse either. Go to Giant. Get a paper bag. Make two eye & 1 mouth hole. Viola! Mask! For those of us of a certain age, you are the "Unknown Comic". Get a large sized plastic bag, wear it like a dress and stick a few twigs in it, you are a grocery bag stuck in a tree. With talcum powder and $2 of cheap makeup from the dollar store you can make a gang of zombies. Material poverty does not have to equal mental and creative poverty.
So next week, here's the deal: You dress up, I give you candy.
Note: Jimbo you deserve a whole bag of candy.


At 10/25/2006 8:36 AM, Anonymous Chris said...

And no middle-aged women telling me they are collecting candy for their sick baby at home. Babies don't need candy.

At 10/25/2006 11:39 AM, Blogger Truxtonian said...

I tend to agree with the no-costume-no-candy rule. However, I found it's harder to practice when you have a little kid standing on your stairs and his mom is on the street. I'm fine telling a 12 year old no candy. But telling a five year old he gets nothing because his mom is too lazy to do something to help him enjoy the holiday? It actually makes me want to give the kid more candy since I feel sorry for him.

Bad mommies of Shaw, get it together! Here's T's tip for a cheap and easy costume. Your kid can be Casper. By/borrow/obtain a bedsheet. Put over kid's head. Cut eye holes. Don't want to cut eye holes? Wrap the stupid thing around him/her, pin it back and use the sheet later. So easy. No excuses.

At 10/25/2006 12:14 PM, Blogger Mari said...

Yes, it is harder in practice and so this is what I've done in practice. When a whole gang of kids come but only a few of the gang have costumes I give the better candy to the costumed kids and give the so-so to the uncostumed. Better candy, from the reaction of kids, is the Reeses Peanut Buttercups. 2nd class candy is those bite-sized penny-sized snicker things.
Chaperons, older siblings, general body guards of trick o' treaters, regardless of costume get something if asked.
I have lectured uncostumed but gave some candy. But I'm not wasting my Reeses on these kids. I bought the foil wrapped waxy chocolate for them.
Another cheap costume idea. Find a small piece of solid fabric, cut out an eye mask (a la Robin of Batman) or an eye patch. Use dental floss for string.

At 10/25/2006 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sad to say i don't think i'll be doing candy this year, unlike the last 5. getting scared of the kids around here after finding a kid maybe 12 years old trying to break through my back door one morning while getting ready. definitely wouldn't dare say 'no' to a candy request. i'm a white guy, not that it should matter. but of course, it does.

2nd st

At 10/25/2006 4:42 PM, Anonymous Al Koholic said...

2nd Street you should probably move. I find it hard to beleive that the kids\crime in this neighborhood is worse than it was 5 years ago. And why would one bad kid make you afraid of trick or treaters all of a sudden? "Is that a real gun or is he dressed like a bank robber."I find your whole post SUS-pect.

At 10/25/2006 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the rude comment. why would my post be "suspicious"? i'm tellign it like it is. clearly the increased gentrification has changed the dynamic between newcomers and residents who have been here longer. i hope the crime issue doesn't mean i have to move, but the fact is that friends have been held up at gunpoint within a block of my house, there are daily robberies from cars, and I personally stood up to a kid who had bashed through my back door with a brick and was proceeding to try and bust through the lock on my gate. So, sorry to say, I'm more nervous than I have been living here today than any time since I moved 5 years ago.


At 10/26/2006 9:37 AM, Anonymous Rob said...

2nd, I understand your point and it's not suspect at all. There was a period this spring when I was ready to move out of the neighborhood as well ... espacially after one of the homeless men decided to defecate on my front porch. It seems like the end of the summer/early fall has been better ... but I too felt safer a few years ago.


P.S. Mari .... there's not a bit of blue eyeshadow on Jimbo ... ;-)

At 10/26/2006 12:08 PM, Blogger Mari said...

Okeey, I could have sworn I put a comment here admonishing Al Koholic yesterday. Did I delete my own comment?
Waay off topic- Yes I see blue, shiny gray/blue eyeshadow on Jimbo. Of course this could depend on the camera and one's definition of blue.
Now we go back to our regularly scheduled programing of trick or treaters.

At 10/26/2006 12:29 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

Nope, I only used blue eyeliner ... the rest was fuschia, black, pink, and white eyeshadows. The blue may have been his skin freezing from the cold wind that night. ;-)

At 10/26/2006 10:34 PM, Blogger Scenic Artisan said...

i would actually be VERY impressed if a little kid dressed as the Unknown Comic!

At 11/01/2006 12:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11/01/2006 12:58 PM, Blogger Mari said...

See the Comment Policy!!!!!!! Occassionaly I'll let the odd anon comment slip by.


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