Thursday, October 29, 2009

A "Confession" of Sorts

I have a confession to make...this isn't easy.  I feel quite isolated in my thoughts.  But I'm just going to come out with it!!  Don't hate me for thinking like this.  I know it's not popular but I feel like I've felt like this my entire life. it goes...
I really, really don't like Halloween. 
Go ahead...lemme hear the collective gasp!!
So maybe it hasn't been my entire life that I've felt like this.  But I can't remember a time I didn't feel this way.  Here's the thing...I think of it as ... "the beggar's holiday".  Well, c'mon...think about it!!  Are kids really all that big on WHAT they're going to be?  For the little ones, it's more of a pain in the butt for the parents to get them in costume.  All to result in your kids going door to door to beg for candy.  Candy that will likely get tossed, eaten by others, or rationed out- one piece a day.   And the older "kids"??  C'mon!!  Most times they don't even dress and many times I have to prompt them to say "trick or treat".  And here's the topper...I even get the adults, pushing a stroller who come to the door to trick or treat for THE BABY!!!!!!!  Do you see what I mean???  I'm not asking if you agree... but do you see what I mean?  Hell, I've seen vans pull up at the end of the block and 10 people unload!!
To make matters worse, when my kids were young, I couldn't even carve a pumpkin with them.  It would make me sick to my stomach to clean out the innards of a pumpkin.  Have you ever seen the pictures of the vomiting carved pumpkin? I gotta tell you, I practically felt like that when I saw the picture.   Picture courtesy of

Well, all that sort of changed when I wanted to carve a pumpkin with my grandson.  (I'd do just about anything for that kid!)  So for the last few years, I've managed to dig out the muck inside, find some interesting things to carve, and had a good time doing it. These are the two I did last year. 
Okay, so now that I've got that out of the way, I've got one more confession.  I don't feel like handing out candy this year.  I'm trying to figure out what I can do to be able to stay home yet not answer the door.  To accomplish that, I'd probably have to leave the house dark.  Hmmmm... I'm gonna have to think about this a bit.  But just consider this fair warning...don't come to my house. 
I'm not answering the door. 


Leanne said...

PEG!!!!!! NOOOOOOOooooo!!!!

Don't even know what else to write. I'll have to think about it a little. But . . . in the meantime. . . NOOOooooooo!!!!

Laura said...

PK - We discussed this topic at work, every year, for how many years? Many years. So, seeing it on your blog made me laugh. Anyway, here is what I did last year (when passing out candy at Leanne's house.) The kids usually came to the door and mumbling something that resembled "Trick or Treat." So, before I gave them any candy, I kept making them repeat it until they were screaming it at the top of their lungs so the entire neighborhood could hear them say, "TRICK OR TREAT!!!!" Some groups had to say it 7 or 8 times before they got any candy. Then, they just started laughing so loud because it was really funny. And there is nothing better than hearing the kids laugh. Really. So, just pass out some candy (get the crappy candy if you want!) and have fun with it!

Anonymous said...

You can put up a sign....NO CANDY!

Yes, I too hate the mom's that come to the door for the infants. Then again, they may want the variety of candy themselves. I can only remember what it was like as a kid going trick or treating. The fun of seeing what house gave you what. I was one of the kids that didn't want to grow up, I still tried to keep on well into my teens. As far as carving pumpkins, drive by Melissa's. She bought a whole set of potatoe head pieces at Walmart. They are so cute!!! She just poked them in the pumpkin, wallla a complete decorated pumpkin in minutes with the kids participating.

When you see cormic all dressed up, your heart will melt. When he doesn't even know what candy is & it's just fun thing to do. I think it's the rude kids that have you so upset. & there are plenty of them out there! They come from those parents pushing the strollers!!!!!