Thursday, October 3, 2013

October Secret Subject Swap

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Your “Secret Subject” is: 

Why is Halloween liked/disliked in your household?

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We have 3 kids, who have parents that enjoy superhero movies and a mom that collects comic books.  We dig Halloween.  Oh it's not a big deal.  We don't have parties or visit all the local haunted houses.  But we do carve pumpkins, decorate the front porch and make sure to hit up all the Trunk or Treats and a few of the 'choice neighborhoods'.

What?  Don't act shocked!  

We all know there are hot spots at Halloween.  You know them, the part of town where the blocks make sure they all dress up their front lawns with a dozen pumpkins, hay bails, scarecrows and maybe even lights.  Some even have mini haunted houses you have to walk through to get to the front door for those precious full size candy bars. Ringing a bell for you?  I thought so.  ;)

We also make sure to pass candy out for those few who come to our door.  Sadly we don't live in the cool neighborhood.  We are probably only 1 of the half dozen homes that hand out candy.  It's sad really.  I mean, I appreciate the Trunk or Treats and church sponsered events as well as the fancy neighborhoods.  But growing up the best part of Halloween was ditching the parent folk, grabbing your friend down the street and ventured up to the scary house down the long, tree covered drive.  

Did y'all have one of those?  We did.

It was a 100-year old farm house with faded and chipped white paint, torn up screens with bare trees and leaves piled up knee high.  The owners were older and didn't have children at home but they made sure to take care of the neighborhood kids.  The deal was, if you were willing to walk down their quarter mile driveway with no lights except whatever the moon provided, you were greeted with creepy music and the homeowners with a  caldron full of hot apple cider.  If it was cold the steam coming off of it was AWESOME!

Now, the idea of letting your kids run the streets without supervision is unheard of.  But I grew up on a street that consisted of two roads that T'ed and ended with two cul-de-sac.  It was my little piece of Mayberry.  I wish my kids could experience it.  But it's 30-years later and common sense dictates that we hold their hands and check their candy first.  

But free candy... what's not to love?  ;)

Here are a few of last years pumpkin carving pictures and some of my oh so awesome costumes over the years. Go ahead... have a good laugh.   

They were so excited to help... okay maybe not Marshall.  ;)

Carving pumpkins and baking the seeds.

The first two were from school plays but my folks were cheap so you know they doubled as Halloween costumes. 
Sometimes I can even get the husband to dress up. 

 *This weekend the husband, myself and the oldest are off to the Dallas Comic Con: Fan Days.  Justice is dressing up as one of her own comic book characters she created; Susan.  I'm attempting a Lady Mechanika steampunk costume.  I'll be sure to post photos of the event and any cool cosplay outfits I come across.  

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  1. Last year, Halloween was SUCH a let down that I'm honestly considering skipping it all together and just buying the kids some candy. They LITERALLY got about 5 pieces of candy each.

  2. I absolutely love those pictures (especially the crying in the background, priceless)!

    Have a great time at Comic Con. Take tons of pictures so I can live it through you!

  3. Um. Number 1 - I love the Jack Skellington pumpkin and Number 2 - Could you please tell me the next time you're going to Comic-Con in Dallas? (The last time I went was April of last year and I almost fainted when Patrick Stewart put his arm around. Talk about awkward.) Anyway - Jealous. I have baseball tournaments all weekend.

  4. I grew up in a tiny town like yours, complete with abandoned scary house and full sized candy on one block. Fun times!
    My daughter is really looking forward to seeing your Comic Con outfit. She's already planning hers for next year.
    Hope you have a wonderful time!

  5. I'm pretty lucky. I still live on a street and in a neighborhood like Mayberry street. My kids think everyone lives like us. Oh I still need to go through their candy after all it is 2013. I check for any poison and of course steal a few of the big ones. ;) I love the pictures. Your costumes were great. Have fun at Comic Con.

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  7. Growing up we would walk for over an hour, up and down the streets collecting candy. Our pillow cases were full! Fortunately our neighborhood was full of young families. It was the same for my 2 boys, there was never a shortage of candy. It's sad to say that now we may get 5-10 trick-or-treaters. Most parents here take their kids to the Mall. My boys are men now and I miss seeing all the kids dressed up. Oh well, times change.
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