I have mixed feelings on Halloween.
On one hand, you've got little moron children dressing up in costumes and losing their frickin' minds. I'm sure this has been true since Trick-Or-Treating was invented because, well, children + free candy... you do the math. The problem is that now-a-days parents don't seem to give a crap about watching their kids. They're too busy talking on their mobile phones to supervise anything (not that they seem to give a crap in the first place). Usually you can do your best to avoid it, but on Halloween the little hellions show up on your doorstep. It's not like you can avoid that (at least not without having your car egged).
On the other hand, this is the one day I can be quasi-evil in public and get away with it.
In celebration of the day, I'm going to eat a bowl of candy for breakfast.
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Lovin’ Vampire Dave. And the only thing I like about Halloween is the little Snickers bars. They are the perfect size and I love them.
Hmmm, candy nice.
Believe it or not I just ran into some kids begging for Halloween sweets when buying some bread.
So this bit of ‘culture’ is finally making it over to Germany as well – although it has never been relevant here.
I’d fancy some pumpkin soup though…
Vampire dave is awesome.
A bowl of candy for breakfast – as opposed to say, Cocoa Puffs? 😉
“…the problem is that now-a-days parents don’t seem to give a crap about watching their kids. They’re too busy talking on their mobile phones to supervise anything (not that they seem to give a crap in the first place)…”
HEY! I resemble that remark….
HA! What kind of candy?
I seriously bought like three huge grocery store plastic bags of the stuff and had to “taste a few from each bag” just to make sure they were okay. I’m feeling sick this morning, now.
Since we don’t get trick or treaters at our house, we tend to go elsewhere for the night. Now with a 3 yr old grandchild, we get to do this trick or treat all over again.
Work is a different story. We get people bringing in their kids to work to trick or treat. It’s not too bad, but if enough people bring their kids in, we can run out of candy by mid afternoon.
Then work has the gall to charge us for treats, saying it all goes to the christmas party fund.
Regardless of all that, I passed on dressing up this year (last year, I was a penguin… surprise). Maybe next year.
I didn’t get any trick or treaters this year (we never get more than 10 anyway). Looks like I’ll be having a bowl of candy for breakfast tomorrow too. 😀
I suppose that Bad Monkey will be really bad!
Happy Halloween Dave !
I love Vampire Lil’Dave !
In France, we have known halloween since 3-4 years. It is more an “marketing” operation than a real tradition. However, we celebrate it. Children come to ask candies… And we do not have the mishap of eggs… 🙂
My quasi-evil thought for the day:
I wish I lived in Seattle so I could sick my little kids on your doorstep…
I love Halloween. Here’s a quick ghost story. In my neighborhood in Boston, there are a lot of old houses and therefore a lot of haunted houses. In one friend’s house, there is a woman who climbs the staircase in a Victorian dress every once in a while. I’ve never seen her.
Sorta off subject. Kinda.
I happened to come across this/ your blog yesterday while searching ‘BMW F 650 GS’.(my perhaps first soon-to-be bike) Who woulda thought I’d be so amused by this and the Dave toons!? Haha, well done. I may keep reading.
Perhaps you could eat a bowl of candy while wearing a costume on the 31st of EVERY month with 31 days?
Well, on the upside, I watch my kids and we have a lovely time. They always remember to wait their turn and say thank you. What I have a problem with are all the older (as in shouldn’t be out trickortreating anyway) mowing down the little ones. THOSE ones need to be slapped upside the head (or worse, but I’m trying to be nice.)
You could always hide with your light out and munch all the candy in silence!
We found putting a motion-sensor-activated-Rotweiller-sneak-attack device in the bushes at the base of the driveway allows us to enjoy our candy in relative peace and quiet.
That and the fact that there are no street lights make for a light night. 😉
*** Happy Halloween Everyone!! 😀 ***
Dave, my first reaction was that you are evil incarnate for cursing small children on Halloween.
Until they started showing up at my door.
It just seems to depend on the neighborhood around here. When I expect trick-or-treaters, no one comes by. When I leave the entry way light on because I am expecting a sandwich to be delivered, and I pad downstairs in my smelly socks and sweatpants expecting it to be the aforementioned sandwich, I end up making three little kids cry when I say, “I don’t have any candy! I thought you were here to deliver my sandwich!”
My kid is sixteen. Not only am I not supervising him, he’s out egging your car.
Hey, dont forget write to the “Great Pumpkin” for tell him what do you want for Halloween.
It was a good night. Just when I thought I was going to run out of candy (down to 4 snack-size Hershey bars, one bag of mini-oreos scrounged from the cabinet and one bag of mini-cookies RW brought home)trick-or-treating was officially over. Whew…dodged the bullet on that one…
None of the kids that I gave candy to even said “Trick or Treat.” I may not give the little bastards candy next year.
WanderingStar should just buy your bike Dave. Have you ridden it this year?? Hey, I’m just asking…
And what about that Bad Monkey?? Does he dress up for Halloween?
Halloween just isn’t the same anymore, and I think that’s pretty sad.
I celebrated today by going home after work, turning off all of my lights and then watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” while stuffing my face full of all the candy that wasn’t being given out to wretched trick or treaters.
Dang it! Vampire Dave would be a Kick Ass shirt for Halloween!!
Maybe children are different in your neck of the woods, but where I live, parents are very watchful of their children on Halloween. Too much so, in some instances. And the children are polite and well behaved.
Don’t be hating Halloween and blaming it on kids who are just wanting to have fun. You were a kid once, right?
I don’t hate Halloween.
But what passes for Halloween now is very, very different than when I was young.
A typical kid from my “neck of the woods” KICKS on your door, sticks his bag in your face without saying a word, then runs off without saying a word… and quite probably runs through your flower-bed so he can get to the next house as quickly as possible. That’s not a trick-or-treater… it’s a looter.
Sadly, polite trick-or-treaters who are “just wanting to have fun” are the exception, not the rule. Probably because an adult is nowhere in sight unless the child is under the age of five.
It doesn’t get much sadder than that.
“A typical kid from my “neck of the woods” KICKS on your door, sticks his bag in your face without saying a word, then runs off without saying a word… and quite probably runs through your flower-bed so he can get to the next house as quickly as possible.”
Hate to say it, but I think that reflects a lot on our society in general since the days when we were trick-or-treaters… i.e. Grab what you can and run. Forget everything else.
I have super-fond memories of Halloween from when I was a kid:
* I remember how cool it was when they came out with miniature candy bars (Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Snickers). That was so neat.
* I remember the smell of an entire bag of candy – all mixed together from the spoils of the night – and how having that much candy in one place was just unheard of the rest of the year.
* I remember the excitement of knowing it was Halloween that night (and the fun of stuff we did at school that day) – and how long it took for the Sun to set after we got home from school.
* I remember Smarties and Pixie Stix.
* I remember whole neighborhoods with kids and their parents walking around – it was all safe and fun. I remember going out with only my friends when we were still fairly young because it was so safe.
* I remember how mysterious and adventurous it was to be walking up to the front doors in neighborhoods that were “unknown” the rest of the year – how the houses and pumpkins and decorations seemed strange even just a few blocks in different directions. A whole new world made even more mysterious and exciting by this amazing ritual.
* I remember Sugar Daddy’s (and a neighbor who got a GIANT one for Christmas once but never ate it) – how you would get that curl of caramel when you pulled it like taffy and how you would end up with the slight taste of the stick towards the end if you didn’t pull it off just so. And how they felt like they were almost pulling out all your teeth if you tried to chew on them when they weren’t soft enough!
* I remember the one house in my best friend’s neighborhood that was always SUPER COOL and decked out to the max. It had a mini Haunted House built into the front yard each year that was always different! (btw: I still stay in close contact with my best friend after all these years)
* And I’ll never forget picking out pumpkins and carving them with my
Dad and brother – each of us had our own unique style and liked to
carve two each. I will never forget the anticipation of darkness – how
anxious I was to see them “come to life” with that little stubby candle
stuck inside and the slight burning smell of pumpkin filling the night.
There was a certain feeling to it that I hope children today and in the future get to experience at least once.
It was ABSOLUTELY MAGICAL! 🙂
Happy Halloween! The children round where I live are lovely and polite (they say trick or treat and then ‘happy halloween’ as they are leaving!), so I buy them good quality sweets, packed full of e-numbers and crap! Last night I was giving out chocolate eye-balls and ghosts and severed fingers, and gooey skull and crossbones, and vampire teeth! Only 2 choco-ghosts left for me this morning though… sob.
don’t make yourself sick on the candy. 🙂
And on what one point can both vegans and meateaters agree? That candy for breakfast ROCKS!
Yup, even at the CHURCH-sponsored event we attended, there were a shocking number of parents (it was open to the general public, and the estimated number that went through in two hours was around 600) who seemed to, once they got their brood in the doors and signed in, just TURN THEM LOOSE. I couldn’t believe it. Not because it was unsafe (well, except for the unattended toddler who kept sticking her face right INTO the holes through which game-players were shooting air-propelled foam rockets), but because it was just rude. We were riding herd on our preschooler, making sure every piece of candy or game ticket was received with a lively “Thank you,” and that she politely waited her turn for things. It was a full-time job.