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01 November 2014 @ 09:41 pm
I am such a cow sometimes.  
Halloween was never a tradition here, and it's only been in the last ten years or so that the retailers have pushed the idea, so that we now get the occasional roaming band of dressed-up kids coming to the door. Last night I locked the gate at the top of my front stairs, so no-one could make it to my front door, feeling mean and Scrooge-like but also lacking any kind of food that those tiny predators would consider acceptable.

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Nothing like a bit of shaming, I thought. By cats.
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
mrua7mrua7 on November 1st, 2014 12:00 pm (UTC)
Halloween by me seems to be dying out. Here I think parents are afraid to let their children go door to door, like when we were children. Towns sponsor safe parties and such. Times have changed.

I had a bucket of treats ready (things I wouldn't eat btw) bags of popcorn, lollipops, and toys...snap bracelets, little halloween puzzles, and some glow stick bracelets I had left over from summer camp.

Only 5 children escorted by 2 moms came by, and one of them said a lot of people weren't giving out treats, much to the disappointment of the kiddies. So she laughed, they might be back to see me and my neighbor, who had chocolate bars.

Once the sun went down, I figured that was it and just as I was dozing off on the sofa the door bell rang. It was one of the mom and two of the children. I emptied my entire bucket into their sacks....lol! bonus for them! The two little girls were dressed as Dorothy from Oz and Anna from frozen. The two girls burst out into a Halloween song. It was soooo cute. (and they could sing!) Turned out to be a better Halloween than I thought.
miwahni: MFU What did you say lovermiwahni on November 2nd, 2014 09:14 am (UTC)
Nice to see the kids giving something back ie singing to you.
I read somewhere recently that there were a lot of warnings going out (mainly from local churches) in the US telling of the dangers of taking candy from strangers. Maybe that's why there's been a decrease in the number of kids going around.
mrua7mrua7 on November 2nd, 2014 11:14 am (UTC)
Those warnings have been around since I was a kid. Never take candy from strangers, don't eat anything home made, parents check inspect the candy before your kids eat it.

When I was a kid it was razor blades in apples, this years warning was drug laced candy.

So sad. Little by little Halloween is dying out for so many safety reasons.

This year some towns in France were banning adults wearing clown costumes since there's apparently been a rash of nut cases dressed as clowns wielding bats and axes threatening people. The world has gone mad...
miwahni: B7 Slightly sanemiwahni on November 2nd, 2014 11:29 am (UTC)
I knew my fear of clowns couldn't have been irrational!