Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year-- can you not tell that? I like the costumes, the traditions, the spooky atmosphere but if you really stuck me with truth serum I like the sense of community there is. It's the one night of the year that all of the neighbors come by and we get to say hello.
This year I had a solid strategy-- last year we had around 80 kids so I made up 80 bags of candy. Each bag had 5-6 pieces of Candy and either a monster finger puppet, monster or skeleton army man, monster eraser or monster pencil topper. My house is not the kind of house where someone drops a mini Kit Kat in your bag and sends you on your way. We don't roll like that.
I loaded up the six Halloween Pumpkins I had with the bags and filled a huge bowl with loose candy which I thought to run out and buy on Halloween. That place of which I won't speak had their giant bags of candy marked down to $2.88 so I grabbed a few of those. All told I had about 12 large bags of candy on hand. The Halloween Pumpkins are the traditional blow mold style-- all with the same standard Jack O Lantern face, my OCD is showing. Five of the pumpkins are orange but one is pink. There's a reason for that.
The pink one is the alert pumpkin. I had them arranged so that it would be the final pumpkin I would grab and that meant that I was running out of candy bags and would need to resort to loose candy when I got threw with it. I was seriously concerned that I would have a huge bowl of Reeses, Kit Kats and Hershey Bars after the holiday was over, I violated my cardinal rule about Halloween when I bought candy I actually like but I needn't have worried.
Veronica was on a crazy deadline for Marvel Comics but sons #2 and #3 were here to attempt the Pizza Challenge with me-- you can have your Ice Bucket Challenge, we do Pizza; there are two pizza shops near us. One is Papa Ginos and the other is a standalone business about a half mile from them. I had the pizza at the standalone a few weeks ago and it was SO MUCH like Papa Gino's I was convinced they ordered it from there and served it in their restaurant-- the boneless wings too. So we all decided to order from both places and do a side by side comparison-- the results will be in another post.
Back to Halloween '17....
There are no official Trick or Treat hours in the Woo. We still live in the Woo despite the fact that we are less than a quarter mile from a neighboring suburb. That suburb has trick or treat hours of 5-8. I laughed the first time I heard about Trick or Treat Hours because as a city kid the hours were whenever you started to whenever people turned off their porch lights.
With no start time I set up Frankenstein, arranged the Candy Buckets and put on some spooky cartoons and got ready for it. Number 2 son arrived and no sooner did we start talking about the plan for the evening did I see a little face in a sheep costume peering in the glass of my front door. It was still daylight but little kids often go out early.
The treaters were trickling and I eyed that huge bowl of Reeses with concern because as 615 rolled around we'd still only had a handful of kids.
#3 son arrived and they headed out to get our orders, taking Austin the Yorkie with them. Austin has either a complete fear or an utter sense of defense when he hears the doorbell and he goes crazy which makes it slightly hard to hand out the candy to the frightened childrens who think there is a mad beast on the other side of the glass door.
I put on BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and stayed by the front door while Veronica worked, the bell rang and it was our great neighbors Stacey and Greg with their kids. Last year we first met them on Halloween and they were dressed as Suicide Squad and Harry Potter-- Dad and son as the SS and Mom and daughter as the HP. This year they were Food -- Mom was pizza, daughter was french fries while son was Black Panther and Dad who I was told was going to be Santa (??) was wearing a traditional Andy Fish costume of just being the most interesting man in the world for Halloween. Fun family! I'd made special bags for those kids.
And that was the start of it.
Darkness had really fallen by this point and you can see from the pic above the street gets into it-- at the next doorbell there were no less than 30 kids on our stoop, then another 10, then 20, then another 30 and by 6:45 I was on the pink pumpkin.
80 kids in roughly 30 minutes.
I was down to just two pieces of candy for each kid after 7:00 and when the guys got back with the Pizza I ran down to the basement to see what else we had down there-- I found glow sticks and skeleton necklaces (that's the kind of house we live in) and brought those up to supplement the now meager Candy offerings.
By 8:00 it had died down enough that we turned off the porch lights and took a walk through the neighborhood to see the other houses decorated. There were still quite a few older kids out but sadly I was out of everything by this point.
We came back in and watched DRACULA VS FRANKENSTEIN (1971) which is one of the worst pieces of schlock Hollywood ever made, and that's saying something since 90% of what they make is schlock, and laughed our way through the nonsense.'
All in all a great Halloween.