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ImageWoodwife
Oct 10, 2010 10:30 PM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
I'll start a general chat thread like other forums have.

Do you give out goodies for Halloween? The last couple of years I've given out candy but I used to give out stickers, and party games and pencils and fun stuff rather than candy. One year I gave out Kazoos ( ha ha ha the parents loved me, lol).

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Imagestormyla
Oct 10, 2010 11:36 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I'm a traditionalist Wendy. I make up little bags of candy. Each year I get fewer & fewer kids, which makes me sad. I love to see & greet them & make them tell me all about their costumes. i wear a jesters hat and goofy glasses when I answer the door. I have several shrieking figures leading up to the door. Hilarious! I think I might like Halloween more than the kids do.
ImageLaVonne
Oct 11, 2010 10:30 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

Where my home is there are almost no children and my length of the street is pitch black...my fence is always closed, (I have dogs) so am not part of that evening ritual.

However, when I lived in a more populated area I did dress up and decorate my yard and porch and gave out candies.

Here I was always thought of as the neighborhood "witch" cause I could actually dress the part.... Hilarious!

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Imagestormyla
Oct 11, 2010 11:24 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
LaVonne, I am glad to hear that you keep your gate closed with the dogs. One year my 4 year old nephew followed a bunch of older kids into a house where a Pitbull chomped down on his arm and wouldn't let go. He was dressed as a football player and had on all of the appropriate padding. Even with that, his arm was severely bruised from the event. Why wouldn't that parent put the dog in the basement for the evening? My BIL who was standing outside of the house, ran inside when he heard my nephew screaming. It took a number of minutes for both men to get the dog to disengage.

It seems parents have a number of worries for the kids during trick or treating.
ImageLaVonne
Oct 11, 2010 5:11 PM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

my dogs are afraid of the ghosts and goblins and the shouting of TRICK OR TREAT! so keeping them inside the gate is for everyone's protection. I have a miniature dachshund and a pit bull/blue tick hound mix....the pit bull mix is a "pussy" he thinks everyone is his friend and just wants to play. The worst he would do is rob you of your shoe...however the ankle bitter thinks she is a doberman and wants to take everything on for size....plus she doesn't like small children, esp., girls...because when she was a baby she was given to a 3 year old as a pet and abused....I got her as a rescue...took me a long time to get her to bond and now she follows me as if she were connected by an umbilical cord.

But I love them both and don't want them to be harmed or harm others because of fear.

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Imagestormyla
Oct 11, 2010 6:40 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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LaVonne, You are a thoughtful pet owner. Too bad all aren't. I know that my sister keeps her Lab/Retriever mix in the basement for the night because he want to hug & greet all of the kids. He is taller than me when he wraps his paws around my neck. Smiling My grandmother had a Chiauhauh like your daschund. He took on all comers. Hilarious!
Imagedahlianut
Oct 12, 2010 11:03 AM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
I give out those tasty little mini chocolate bars at the door (and I always buy an extra bag for me Whistling ) I deliver homemade treats to the 2 kids I hang with in the hood.
Imagegemini_sage
Oct 12, 2010 3:17 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Our hose is too far off the road, so we don't get any trick or treaters. I do miss it though, it was always fun to see the kids in their costumes.

Its been several years ago now, but we had a dumb supper one Samhain. It was really wonderful, something I really must try to do again.
Val
Oct 12, 2010 3:35 PM CST
Name: Val
Ohio
We buy candy every year and turn on the lights but we seldom have any trick-or-treaters. There are sidewalks and street lights and our home is fairly close to the sidewalk. We live in a larger city and parents aren't comfortable letting their kids go around knocking on doors in the city. I can imagine that in years past (before all of the news stations airing warnings over and over), that this was an area where many kids happily trick-or-treated. Those days are gone in my neighborhood.
ImageWoodwife
Oct 12, 2010 4:51 PM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
I love Halloween because it's a slice of Americana, it's the only holiday where the entire community cooperated voluntarily to do something fun. Where neighbors actually got to meet each other and say hello. We don't even do that at Christmas. At least it used to be that way.

When I was a kid most of the neighbors knew each other, if only by sight and while the kids were getting candy, a parent might be invited in for a nip of a little something to take off the chill. It was a city wide party. But this was before everything got scary. Before arsenic in Tylenol and needles in Girl Scout cookies. I think that was pretty much the death knell for the golden age of childhood.

The last place I lived in CA there were no trick or treaters. In NV there were a few probably less than 50. About the same here in TX. It starts around 6:00 pm and I shut it down at 8:00pm. I buy enough goodies to last that long and still give it out by the handful.

I've noticed for the past several years half the kids don't even dress up anymore, they just come in their street clothes with a bag for loot.

I'm thinking about not doing it this year. It seems I'm in love with a memory. Does that make me a Halloween Grinch? lol

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ImageLaVonne
Oct 13, 2010 8:51 AM CST
Name: Dorothy (LaVonne) Mitchell
Somerset, KY

It seems I'm in love with a memory. Does that make me a Halloween Grinch?

No it just means that you are accepting the change of the times.

The last time I went T or T I was 18 and had a ball...neighbors thought I was fantastic in my costume...I dressed as a hanged ghost...my bag was quite full by the end of the evening. Back then there was not a early stop to the event as there is now...

Here in Somerset the good Christians preach against costumes that reflect ghosts, goblins, fairies, actually anything of fantasy...even princesses. Instead the kids dress as cowboys and Indians, puppies, or other cute animals. Many of the churches have programs that are over niter's and there is no dancing...they talk religion all night long, eat pizza and drink soda...

It seems that between churches and schools our children are discouraged into using their imaginations...even in a creative way...they behave like little robots...It makes me so sad.

No imaginations and no thinking for themselves or expressing their thoughts. This seems to be the future.

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Imagestormyla
Oct 13, 2010 10:51 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I went as a bunch of grapes one year. That was a lot of fun. There are quite a number of old mill and industrial towns in our area that have a lot of blocks of row homes. Trick or treating is still hugh in those towns. The kids get so much candy, they have to go home and dump some to be able to carry more. My mom lived in a town like this for a while & I used to take my nieces trick or treating there. It was really nice to meet all of the parents.

One year I was up in Astoria New York at Halloween. I left around 5 for the drive home. Going through Brooklyn & Staten Island, the streets were filled with THOUSANDS of Trick or Treaters. It was wonderful. This was only about 4 years ago.

That weekend, I had also been up in Rhinebeck NY. That town had a parade for all of the kids to show off their costumes. All of the shop merchants has put big baskets and bowls of candy on their stoops for the kids to pick from. It was a wonderful fall afternoon event for the kids.
Imagestormyla
Oct 13, 2010 11:10 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Folks, we'd like to invite you all to join us Mid Atlantic folks in wishing Critter the best with her surgery on Friday. Pink flowers are welcome!

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ImageKathleen
Oct 16, 2010 11:19 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Being out in the country, we never had more than neighbor kids and some nieces and nephews who got their parents to drag them clear out here. We did get neighborhood Amish kids the night BEFORE Hallowe'en who came dressed us as, um, Amish kids. It was fun.

Now, we pretty much don't get anyone as the neighborhood has 'aged' out of it.

The last time I went trick or treating was when I was 19 and I went as a pregnant hippie, because I was a pregnant hippie . . .
Imagestormyla
Oct 16, 2010 12:55 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hilarious! Hilarious! That was a very good one Kathleen. I never thought about the Amish kids trick or treating. The last time I was out in Amish country I saw a bunch of teenagers roller blading. That was a day I wished I'd taken the camera.

It's interesting the comments here about trick or treating as teenagers. I've noticed parents around here making unkind comments about young teens trick or treating, as if they felt that it should be the exclusive domaine of toddlers and little kids. I think that I went until I was 15.

LaVonne, you are right, it seems to be pretty much over by 8, just some of the older kids and teens straggling in up until 9. As a kid, I doubt that we ever went home before 10. Maybe it has to do with it being a school night. Our area has an immense Catholic population and the kids have off of school the next day for the All Saints holy day. But fewer and fewer kids are going to the Catholic schools, so that may be influencing the early ending here.

Wendy, I wouldn't like kids showing up without costumes. Sometimes the teenagers come in regular clothes, but really gruesome or funny masks.

ImageWoodwife
Oct 16, 2010 3:18 PM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
The last time I went trick or treating I was 18 and my best friend went as a pregnant Raggedy Ann...she was preggers too, lol.
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ImageWoodwife
Oct 16, 2010 8:10 PM CST
Name: Wendy
N. of Houston, Texas - 8b
An Old Wive's Tale
I'm in love with my stand mixer!

It mixed up a double batch of meat loaf (one for me and one for mom) without breaking a sweat. It mixed it so much more thoroughly than I could have by hand. My wrists are thankful.

It also mashed the potatoes to chunky perfection, imo anyway, DH thinks real mashed potatoes can only be done by hand so he usually makes them. But I don't care! Black Beauty did just fine!



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ImageKathleen
Oct 17, 2010 5:57 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
I have a KitcheAid that I use for making bread - much easier on my hands and wrists than the old fashioned way. Never thought of it for meat loaf.
Imagestormyla
Oct 17, 2010 8:16 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I have a KitchenAid too, but in this house don't have the counter room to keep it set up, so it pretty much only gets used for holiday cookie baking. Using it for meat loaf and mashed potatoes never occurred to me. LOL I have to confess, I love to squish meat loaf mixings between my fingers. I've always preferred mashed potatoes to whipped potatoes for myself, but will use my hand mixer when making them for company. I just recently got a new hand mixer and it is very powerful. I still get enjoyment out of hand whipping cream, but always use a mixer for beating egg whites. I've only made bread a few times in the past few years and have done it both by hand and with hand mixer. If I had the Kitchen Aid set up, I would use it for the bread.

Wendy, what brand is your Black Beauty?
Imagetomatofreak
Oct 17, 2010 9:02 AM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Stormy, I'm in the same boat, counterspace-wise. My KA sits all alone in a pantry and almost never gets used. I would never have thought to mix meatloaf with it! If I EVER get around to making bread, I'll drag that puppy to the kitchen and move everything else.
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