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A Damned Shame

Posted on: Wednesday 11/01/2017 02:44:38

I had about 30 trick or treaters tonight, a new record I think. My daughter was here last night, and was going through the candy I bought: "This is good candy, you should buy more of this tomorrow." "This is shitty candy. This too. Don't hand this out." I ended up with enough candy for about 50 or more kids. Remember, I'm diabetic. I can't eat it.

Anyway, nearly all of the kids came with their parents right before, or at dusk. It's sad and a disgrace that it's come down to this, but I don't blame the parents. I would most likely do the same. Our society and cultures have gotten much uglier and unsafe over the years. 

It disturbed me to see signs in the doors of 7-11 this afternoon stating, "Halloween masks to be removed before entering store".  I got an image of a mother and her seven-year-old boy dressed up as Jack The Pumpkin King entering, and the kid pulling a 357 magnum out of his plastic Jack 'O' Lantern candy bucket. 

To trudge down memory lane, we went at night with flashlights, usually homemade costumes. Our parents were out there, but let us run all over the neighborhood. They usually clumped up into groups where they could eyeball all of us. Everyone knew and watched out for everyone else. We got together with the other kids and clued each other on what houses were giving the best candy, and the ones giving what we called "bad treats", like apples, brownies, hard ass cookies, and pennies. We also advised each other on which neighbors were home, but had all their lights out and were not giving out anything.

Afterwards, my siblings and I would spill our bags onto the living room floor. With a horror movie playing on the huge B&W TV in the background, we made trades based on who got what that they didn't like, or of which they had too many. We went to bed with stomachs full of candy that is difficult to find any more: Mary Janes, candy necklaces, Lick 'M' Aid, candy paper roll dots, Bit O' Honey, Violet Gum, Dum Dums, etc. Maybe this contributed a bunch to my current medical condition.

I hope everyone else had a good one...

  • kittenheel Says:
    Mine was uneventful, but nice. I may have had 10 trick-or-treaters, but I don't usually get many. It's not a great neighborhood, and it's on a busy street. Everyone LOVED Molly, and one boy remarked on how many books I had. Also, I discovered that they make Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups, so I shoveled a few of those into my facehole. My kids were lucky to grow up in sanitized suburbia where I could let them go out by themselves knowing there were tons of other kids and parents around keeping an eye out for any shenanigans. /homepage

  • lunamor Says:
    I think we had maybe 10 or 12, and I missed about half of them taking Aaron to his buddy's (and then picking him up). He and his buddy went after it got dark - we always do that.

    I miss seeing little wee ones in Halloween costumes. They're so cute!

  • Simon Says:
    If any kids came round my house begging for food I’d tell them to get a bloody job.

    Do you think things actually have become less safe? Or is it that people perceive it that way? I know attitudes to kids going out on their own in the evening has changed in my lifetime, but I don’t think the dangers have changed, just parents’ perception of it. But I could be wrong!

  • kittenheel Says:
    I don't think it's significantly more dangerous. But unfortunately, there are cases where American parents get investigated by DCS for things that used to be perfectly normal, like kids playing out in the yard without supervision. I'd be paranoid as hell if I were raising kids now, not because of real danger, but because the bar seems to have been raised to the point that you can't possibly feel like you're doing it right.

  • lunamor Says:
    ^ SO MUCH THIS.

  • Simon Says:
    Ah, yes, I hadn’t looked at it from that angle. Point taken.

  • H3OsMama Says:
    Our new neighborhood had tons of trick or treaters. Two out of every three houses had decorations, and some people went all out with sound and fog machines. One family managed to get a mannequin with glowing eyes and fog down a gutter. Several people handed out adult treats, like jello shots. And my 3 collected 42 lbs of candy and chocolate...king sized, even! /homepage
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