Monday, November 03, 2014

Halloween Scrooge

The wind blew and the snow flew, along with sleet and some hail thrown in.  This was last Friday evening, Halloween night to be specific.  Thus I had no little gremlins or Elsas knocking on my door.
But if they had, they would have been sorely disappointed, for I do not treat them anymore.
Trick or treating has become a racket in my city.  People in outlying areas load their precious ghosts and goblins into vans and transport them into town and dump them out to go door to door for the goodies.  I used to treat everyone who came to my door.  Usually it was just kids from the neighborhood, but then I began getting them in droves, and they were not kids I had ever seen before.  Once I ran out of candy, I shut off my light, which is the signal in our city to not knock anymore, but they persisted, and even "soaped" my front door windows.  That was it.  So now, on Halloween, I either go away, or just turn off all inside and outside lights, and watch TV in my bedroom until the cut off time.
Another reason is that candy and treats, at least what is acceptable by parents has gotten very spendy.  No more can we issue popcorn balls, and homemade candy.  It has to be individually wrapped and must pass an xray at our local emergency room.  This aspect is not the kid's fault, and I honor the parents who watch out for their kids, but it has certainly gotten out of hand.
So, no treating.  I fixed treats up for my grandkids, but the weather was so bad that they didn't go out.  So I will deliver them to their house one day this week.



Marcia said...

Our Halloween was cold and rainy, and there was a high school football game, probably two reasons why there were only four tricksters (and two of them were our grandkids)! Guess hubby and I will have to survive on memories of our childhood--, hay rides, bobbing for apples, being invited in for hot cocoa - (wouldn't dare do that now, I guess)- and all the rest. Wouldn't trade those memories for anything.

Curley said...

As I live in the back of beyond, I understand why parents take their kids into town. There are no sidewalks here and the neighbors houses are far between. On the other hand when my kids were small I would walk them up the road for treats. Although it was more than a mile there and back they got a haul equal to about 30 blocks in town. Alas all the kids out here are grown and we no longer have them come to our door.

Maggie said...

It snowed here- we didn't have any trick-or-treaters at all!