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(Not) Hallowe’en (Anymore)

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So, how many trick-or-treaters came knocking on your door yesterday? We got 18! Might sound like a sad number but it’s actually 18 more than we’re used to. As some of you know, up to July this year, we lived in a Waterloo apartment with shady neighbours. Well, not all of them were shady but some of them were. It was very wise of the parents not to let their kids go trick-or-treating to our building. Either that or kids just don’t go trick-or-treating to apartment buildings as a rule.

Anyway, out of the 18 kids, the last three didn’t wear a costume. But since I wasn’t the one who came out to hand the kids chocolate bars, it wasn’t a big deal. Would’ve been a big deal otherwise because I do think it’s unfair to the costume-wearing kids. I mean, by wearing costume, the kids entertain us and so they earn the treats. The non-costume-wearing kids just don’t deserve it. Maybe I just overthink it. I don’t know. It didn’t bother Troy so it shouldn’t have bothered me.

Do you remember what costume you were wearing on your first Hallowe’en? The first time I went to a Hallowe’en party, I was already 25 years old, so of course I remember what I was wearing. This was back in Indonesia during my first job when I worked with a bunch of expatriates. I was wearing my version of a pirate costume. It was basically just black pants, a stripey t-shirt, a black shirt on top of it and a bandanna. I didn’t put too much effort into it because it was a company Hallowe’en party and I’d expected that it would be kind of lame, and it was. Sadly.

My second Hallowe’en party was here in Canada back in 2004. It was actually a buck-and-doe slash Hallowe’en party. Anyway, I went as Miss Universe. I wore a dark raincoat with a bunch of star stickers on it and a dollar store tiara. My costume didn’t win me anything but I did win a door prize that night. It was a waffle-maker and it has gotten a lot of use since.

I don’t remember exactly when I carved my first Hallowe’en pumpkin. It was either last year or two years ago. Anyway, I tried to carve the old-timey Strongbad but it didn’t work very well. I think I carved the pumpkin a week before Halloween and since our apartment was like the warmest apartment in the world, when Hallowe’en came, the pumpkin was already in the garbage because it got moldy really quickly and looked kind of gross so we had to throw it out. The pumpkin in the picture above is Troy’s masterpiece. Doesn’t it look awesome? Mine sucked so much that I’d rather not show it to you. And I don’t know why the picture is so blurry. The original is not blurry.

By the way, check out the Kids Halloween Candy Code. I don’t know if it’s real but it’s amusing nonetheless. My favourite is the code for Werther’s Originals. I love those candies, even if they’re considered old people candies. Well, I think that’s all for today, kids. I have to go because I have so many leftover chocolate bars to eat before bedtime!

Just kidding.

Or am I?

3 thoughts on “(Not) Hallowe’en (Anymore)”

  1. I haven’t gone to any Halloween party yet because it’s not as popular in the Philippines as it is in that part of the globe.
    Imagine my shock when, yesterday, three kids suddenly yelled at the gate, demanding for candies. Certainly I had none, so I just kept quiet and pretended I wasn’t there.
    Maybe next time, kids.

  2. Black binbag. Stuffed leg from a pair for tights strapped to my bum. Hairband with two black triangles sellotaped on.
    That was pretty much my first several Hallowe’en costumes – oh, how I longed for a Mum who could sew! I’ve already promised any future kids that they will have AWESOME costumes!

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