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When witches go riding, and black cats are seen.....

Friday, October 30, 2015

When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers...'tis near Halloween.

So, how many of you have Halloween candy in your house, and how many of you hear it calling too many times every single day since you bought it?

One of the reasons for my success is that I NEVER have things in the house that would call to me..."I"m here...try me...eat me". Halloween candy is right at the top of that list.

So, my Darling Daughter asked me last night, what Halloween candy I was buying. She wanted to mull over my purchase in case I wasn't buying something up to her expectations. "Raisins", I said, "if you are going to be here to hand out anything". "RAISINS, MOM?" "Yep. I'm not buying anything that would be interesting for any of us to overeat on, and I can use the leftover raisins in my bran muffins." "Nobody will come to our house, Mom...it's embarrassing!" "GOOD!" "Mom, you would be better just leaving the light off." "OK, I will do that, then."

I have not handed out Halloween candy for a few years. It has just been me in the house, and I have a strenuous objection to kids older than, let's say 12, going around with barely a costume on, and around here, a pillowcase to fill up with candy. That is something I am not going to participate in. I love to see little kids with their costumes, all excited about this miraculous holiday where EVERYONE gives you candy, but around here, it has turned into something where if you don't give out good candy, older kids throw pumpkins, cause mischief, and are just generally awful, and this is a nice neighborhood.

So, no raisins, lights off out front, and I'll be reading.

I hope you all go out with the kids, or go to a party, or stay home and answer the door, and have a great time. I hope if you have kids, that they are beyond thrilled by now.

Here is something my wise Mom did years ago with us 4 scamps of hers. We were allowed to eat as much Halloween candy as we could eat on Halloween night. The next day, we were told, that all of the candy was being donated to poor kids. So, we ate as much as we could and handed the rest over. I still don't know where the poor kids were, or if there even were poor kids, but Mom ditched the candy after a day. I think now, as a parent myself, that was a brilliant tactic. Teach your kids about giving to others, and get rid of the awful stuff ASAP. Because I only had one kid, I was able to monitor the candy, dumped a bunch of it every day, and I got rid of it slowly. I would not allow it to be in her room, as that was a recipe for disaster.

Halloween can be fun. Buy raisins. Ask my Daughter how good of an idea THAT is!!

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  • L*I*T*A*
    i like your idea of raisins as well as your Mom's idea to give leftover candy to the poor children!!

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    1995 days ago
    I bought fruit snacks. The local fareway store ran a special on them last week and I made several trips. I don't do fruit snacks so it is safe, but I did eat a couple of candy bars out of my grandsons sack. Shame on my I guess, but I will just swim a little longer tomorrow morning.
    1996 days ago
    Like the raisin idea a LOT. Not a fan of Halloween candy either.
    1996 days ago
    I have candy and little chocolate bars in my house all the time for the kids (don't get me wrong, they don't eat loads, but I'd have a rebellion on my hands if they weren't allowed any!) I've just learned not to get my favourites!

    I wish you an uneventful Halloween. Enjoy your book!! emoticon
    1996 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1996 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Our town has a Halloween Time Ordinance. Trick or Treating is between 5 and 7:30 pm. There are lots of older folks in the area and this seems to work. It discourages the older kids with the pillow cases!

    We give Halloween Yellow Rubber Duckies, different duckies are available every year. The word has been passed down from big brothers and sisters to their younger siblings....
    Go to this house, they give yellow duckies. Everybody knows the house, we have an eight foot blow-up gargoyle out front. Parents are welcome to take pictures of their kids with the gargoyle.

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    1996 days ago
    We actually close down the main street through town and do a "Halloween Stroll", where EVERYONE dresses up and the local businesses give out candy and coupons. Hardly anyone does trick-or-treating in the neighborhoods. We're all downtown admiring the creativity of the other folks in town!
    1996 days ago
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    1996 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    You have a very emoticon idea,, emoticon emoticon

    1996 days ago
    Raisins is a great idea. Happy Halloween.
    1996 days ago
    Wow!........ this is one of the best blogs I have ever read on the subject of Halloween and what to give the little darlings!........ I love your idea of the little raisins I'm thinking they must be in little boxes and not individuals LOL OL....... as well as lights out and read a nice book! ..... Funny it seems no matter where you live those oldsters all seem to grab the pillowcase and come minus an outfit or a mask!....... we moved to this home several months ago and we are told Halloween is a very quiet time as there are almost no children around.......( we definitely put our time in)....... so I think we are free from the little hobgoblins this year!....... emoticon great blog!
    1996 days ago
    I give out freeze pops. No temptation for me at all, and not something that can be eaten & wrappers thrown on the ground (they are not frozen when we give them out). The kids seem to be happy with that.

    we've actually given out all kinds of interesting things over the years. DH is a warehouse manager for a convention contractor. We've given out posters, whistles, squeeze balls, even chop sticks one year!

    McDonald's used to sell books of gift certificates at Halloween that were only valid for kids 12 & under. That was a great way around the 'too old to trick or treat' issue!
    1996 days ago
  • DYANNE4293
    Lol!! I love raisins!! No candy in my house either
    1996 days ago
    We live on a very busy road and haven't had trick or treaters since my own children have grown up - so, no Halloween candy for me. Now we go up to my Step-son's; my husband goes out with the kids and I stay at home handing out candy. My daughter-in-law usually gives us a take-home bag but it goes into a basket with al the other candy we don't eat!

    I like your idea of raisins - I remember my kids coming home with some of those little boxes so many years ago.

    1996 days ago
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