Thursday, November 01, 2007

Can you believe it's already November 1st? Where did the last 10 months go? It's all a sea of oblivion.

So yesterday was Halloween (which I'm sure you already knew) - and I got my little goblins all dressed up ready to go trick-or-treating. This was probably the first year that Kierra willingly went. Usually there is a huge fuss and muss about the whole thing. I think the fact that Daylight Savings has changed helped - we usually are going out and it's already dark. Now, going at 6pm you still have an hour left of daylight.

Our theme this year was the jungle. Highly appropriate if you ask me, because there are days that I feel like I live in a zoo of wild animals. Karis went as a monkey, Jenna as a lion and Kierra as a zebra. Jenna kept asking me what lions ate. When I told her she looked at Kierra and said, "Don't worry, I promise not to eat you". Ahhhh sisterly love!!! Me and the Mister took them out and they had a blast!!! We did probably the equivalent to one block of trick-or-treating (minus the deadbeats that turned off their lights and pretended they weren't home so they didn't have to buy candy). It was cute to watch them eagerly wait for doors to open, comments of "oh you are so cute!" and then greedy little eyes scanning the candy bowls. The worst was when people told them to pick what they wanted. You'd think they were deciding what wire to cut on a time bomb. Of course, me having a Halloween brain fart - I didn't think to bring along a spare grocery bag to empty their treat buckets. In all honesty who would expect three little kids to get THAT much candy? I had pocketsful of candy to empty when we got home - mostly because Kierra was running and flailing her bucket around so candy was shooting out all over the place. Jarrett said she looked like a slot machine that was paying out. Much to the dismay of the trick-or-treaters behind us - I made sure to pick up every single piece.

We only stayed out 45 minutes. Really that was more than enough. I let them choose the two token pieces to eat (am I cheap? My kids thought so!), and sorted and checked it all out. Sad to say - I had to make a gluten/casein free bowl of candy for Kierra. We had so many candy bars I actually added them back into the giveaway bowl. We did pretty good, we only had a few candy bars left at the end of the night. I think I bought 4 boxes of candy, plus the 7 or 8 handfuls from what my kids collected to give away. At the end of the night, I was giving out fist fulls - because if I had it in my house I knew I would just end up eating it.

Now here's a subject of discussion - do you have the "aren't you too old to trick-or-treat" candy bowl? I like seeing inventive costumes as much as the next person, but there is something disturbing about kids that have facial hair coming to your door for treats. On the one hand, you'd like to tell them they are officially cut off - if you are wearing a bra or your voice is cracking, you shouldn't be going door to door looking for candy anymore. Then again, if you are looking for them to come back later and egg the hell out of your house... you may just want to have the "aren't you too old to trick-or-treat" candy bowl. The saddest treats imagineable, and more than likely leftovers from the year before. And most of those kids - I mean they aren't even trying anymore are they? I had two come to the door, and one kid had two bags. I looked at him with a sneer, and he told me "it's my friends, he's just tying his shoe". I told him to tell his friend if he wants a Milky Way he can finish tying his shoe and come to the door... which he did... wearing nothing more than a navy blue hoodie sweatshirt and a pair of designer jeans. Nice costume kid. What's worse is those girls... you know the ones I'm talking about. Their costumes must be hookers or rapper's girlfriends or something. All I know is it involves a lot of make-up and two inches of fabric. Instead of candy, I should be giving them out some full length skirts and a facecloth to wash the crap off their faces.

Well I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween and none of you were targets of pranks such as egging, toilet papering, and the lovely flaming dog crap bag. And if not just remember....

... there's always next year!


Anonymous said...

What a crew you got there! And I SO agree with you about letting the kids pick. People need to knock that off. My kids were all stressed, and I had to tell Princess to stop touching every piece of candy in the bowl!

And those older kids bother me, as well. OH! I learned last year - I brought along a pillowcase so that the kids could do a "Candy dump" every so often. Poor kids can't carry those loads-o-sugar after a while!


Jolene said...

God you make me laugh. We had the street walkers out in our neighborhood too. I think I was 11 or 12 (6th grade) when I went trick-or-treating last. We've actually had a teenaged boy come to our house trick-or-treating while smoking a cigarette. Now that's bad.

P.S. The girls are adorable.

Slick said...

"Instead of candy, I should be giving them out some full length skirts and a facecloth to wash the crap off their faces"

Too funny but you're right on Elle!

Your girls are just plain out cute.

Anonymous said...

The girls are so cute!! I love the jungle theme. Sounds like they had a blast.

I like your ideas for handling the "too old for candy" crowd! LOL

tulipmom said...

Your girls looked adorable!

We had a lot of those junior high and high school kids last night. It's the ones who ring our bell after 9:00 when everyone on our street has turned off their lights that really piss me off.

TK's Having a GIRL! said...

Ouch! I let the kids pick 2 pieces! LOL Most did really well with it. I mainly did it because we had more candy than kids in the neighborhood. At one point, just to end the evening at home, I dumped what I had left into Sean's friend up the road's bag! Let his parents worry about it! LOL

We had street walkers too...they were guys though! :( (see my blog for details on that one)

I didn't have any that were too old but I had one kid with no costume. When I commented, he pouted that he lost it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Elle, I never heard back from you so not sure if you decided not to have the makeover or not. I am in and out over the wekkend but if still interested, let me know. Have a great weekend. The pics are just too cute.

Noemi said...

The girls look ADORABLE! Glad they had fun!

And YUP totatlly with you on the skanky costumes the girls were wearing. I also saw a young boy and I really could not tell what he was so I asked him (he was wearing a white tank top and jeans) He told me he was a KILLER! Can you beleive that! Oh and not to mention he was trick or treating alone and he was no more than 10 years old!

Lainey-Paney said...

cute costumes!