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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Some old tricks and treats...

It's my first Halloween as a homeowner and, being the goof that I am, I'm pretty excited. I have pumpkins on the porch (I fought the slight urge to get the bale of hay, too), a little sign that says "Trick-or-Treaters Welcome" stuck in the mulch and lots of candy rearing to go. In addition to buying the normal stuff (Butterfinger, Snickers, etc...) I also found myself doing something strange: I bought some mini granola bars. Now I'm not crazy enough to think that those things are actually healthful. They have corn syrup, chocolate chips, etc... but somehow, the oats make it all right, you know?

I remember trick-or-treating (although I don't ever remember it being this warm!) like it was yesterday. The sweaters and coats that hid the cool costumes. The old lady down around the block who gave out pennies. The guy next door who was an exec at Frito-Lay and, thus, gave out bags of chips. Oh, and the lady who gave out apples. My parents would take those out of my bag before we even got to the next house... In the trash they went, whether they had razor blades in them or not.

What's the craziest thing you ever got when you were a wee trick-or-treater? How about your favorite treat? I just hope I don't go down in history as the lady who gives out oats to the kids in my neighborhood...
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at 3:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite thing was from Mrs. Scwartzy three houses down...she made homemade carmel popcorn balls...still warm on wax paper...I loved them!

One weirdo gave out corn chip clips with bible verses on them....talk about jesus crispies!

at 3:52 PM Blogger Mommy Bits aka ShannanB said...

Ok. So I'll just say it.. I love those weird candies wrapped in the orange and black wrappers. I know that I am probably the only person in the world, but I do. I love them.

PS.. I have a bale of hay on my porch.....

at 4:20 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

Dr. Rankin D.D.S. of Florence, KY used to give out apples and toothbrushes. There was also another family that gave regular size candy bars and we all thought that they must be extremely wealthy to be able to do that. (They were probably just childless.)Oh, and the black and orange wrapped taffies are fantastic. They are just Mary Jane candies in a fancy Halloween costume. Nici you should tell your mom that the whole razor blade thing is an urban myth. Think of all the fiber that you lost out on as a child. (Me too. My mother was equally protective, or neurotic depending on how you view it.)

at 4:34 PM Blogger Schottzie03 said...

There was a house on our street that gave out those religious pamphlets, I think they're called chick tracts. We weren't big fans of that house.

My favorite candy ever was when I got a Hersheys Egg. The kind they only make for Easter.

at 6:14 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

I just had my first trick-or-treater! She was so stinkin' cute! She was about two and dressed in a little Curious George costume. Her mom said, "What do you say?" And the little girl looked up at me and said, "Eeeeeeeee!"

Ha! Adorable...

And NJG, I know that's a myth. The poor lady was just doing her part to combat the cavities... Besides, I'm sure the X-ray machine would have caught the razor blades... Yeah, I think neurotic is a good word for it. But what good mom isn't a little kooky? :-)

at 7:31 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Aw man... I didn't know my first trick-or-treater of the night would also be the last! :-) Oh well... My neighbor did warn me. She said she didn't get any last year (the first year for this particular development). Looks like the candy dish on my desk is going to be well-stocked for a while.

at 11:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah our neighborhood only got a few vistors. At our old house in delhi we would get hundreds.

at 11:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

nikki did you manage to take a pic of the little monkey. She sounds so cute.

at 11:13 AM Anonymous MCI STUDENT said...

I'm 22 and a group of friends went out as members from "the office" I went as Creed, All of us looked just like the actors. It was great.
Teens Wanted to take pictures with us.

at 12:41 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

Anon: I was tempted, but I'm not good friends with that particular neighbor. And I didn't know if it would be weird to pull out the camera. :-) No one probably would have even thought about it 15 years ago, but the world is so different and strange today. Sad, but true.

MCI Student: I love it! Were you the original Creed, or the Creed who was trying to appear younger? Ha!

at 3:14 PM Anonymous MCI STUDENT said...

I was the creed trying to look younger. We had a blast.

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