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This is the first Halloween that I've actually lived in a neighborhood. Apartments that lack children aren't really a place to trick-or-treat... but now I live in a house, in a neighborhood, complete with kids bicycling on weekends.

I have class on Halloween. From 7 pm till 10 pm-- prime trick-or-treating time. As a child, Halloween was a pretty big part of my life. I loved it. The only time of year I got to eat candy, the fun sorting methods, the groups of friends.

I really disliked the houses who left their lights off and had no candy. They seemed mean and I used to scowl over the next year as I passed their houses when biking or rollerblading down the street. Moreso, I hated the kids who took all the candy from the bowl that the nice owner left out for EVERYONE.

So how do I do this? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and I want kids to have the experience. Do I be one of those mean people who doesn't put out candy at all? Do I skip class and stay home to hand out treats, dressed as a witch? Do I leave a bowl out and facilitate someone's future crimes, while leaving other children disappointed that they missed out?

There's no winning situation. Thoughts and suggestions?

Indira the gymnast, Sarah T the Native American, and me the witch, Halloween 93.
It's weird looking at this picture and thinking about how much has changed. The trophy bookcase is still in the same place, but lacking the record player, and having MANY more trophies. The carpet was ripped up in 1996-97ish because Vivi's cat Snowy peed on it, and we found hard wood underneath. The walls were painted blue in 2005. The lamps stuck around for a long time, got new shades, and then disappeared a few years ago. The grey chair still exists but was reupholstered and now is a more blue-grey, and less comfy. The curtains were replaced many years ago with blue and white flowered ones, and different lace, and then again in 2005 with bright red curtains. The pink tupperware cup was in the sink one day when I put a hot pot or pan on top of it and melted the side, and we continued to drink out of that cup and its counterparts for years, they've all disappeared now. I wish I knew what happened to the sofa, it left sometime when I was in Gainesville, I miss it. The gypsy skirts I wore as part of my witch costume were used as skirts, nun's habits, and other costumes used in basement plays and playing house. Sarah T and I lost touch, became friends again in middle school, lost touch again, became friends again in high school, and now are only facebook friends. Indira and I are no longer friends, after 18 years of best friendship. I still have the "st nds" counterpart of the "be frie" necklace she's wearing in the picture.

I bet that's the same witch hat that my mom still uses.


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Oct. 11th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
I remember those lamps:)

Hmm.. Is there an easy way to make a candy-distributor that only spits out candy slowly, like a few pieces per minute? I can imagine a paddle/scoop with a slow-geared motor dropping candy down into a bowl, but nothing simple, vandal-resistant, and reliable.

Maybe a sign that proclaims a horrible digestive curse on anyone who takes more than a single piece of candy?
Oct. 11th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
What if there's a large crowd? Or what if there's a break of 30 minutes and the next kid that comes gets 60 pieces of candy? Or what if one group was right after another and they had to wait, or were confused? There'd have to be a kid-sensing capability, and it would have to be able to detect each individual as one entity no matter how many times they come back.

The sign would probably be easier.
Oct. 11th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)

Hmm. Instead of a timer, you could make it sound-activated. When it hears a voice (e.g. someone saying "Trick or Treat") it drops a candy with a few seconds delay. A really persistent cheater could get lots of candies by talking repeatedly, but they'd have to waste their time and couldn't just swipe a whole pile at once.

I can't think of any good way to keep someone from coming back twice.

You could include a camera to record cheaters, but there'd be no real way to find or punish them, especially in concealing costumes.
Oct. 11th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
I could rent someone to stay at my house and hand out candy.
Oct. 12th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
hahaa you guys are hilarious...
Oct. 12th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Yeah. Remember Haloween is also a big night for vandalism and worse. I can remember egging and wrapping houses whose owners didn't hand out candy during my messed-up days in Jr. High.

Well, really, it was just two or three houses during the 97 and 98 holidays.

Still something to consider.

Although around here the past couple of Haloweens more kids came during DAYLIGHT hours than after dark.
Oct. 12th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
1) i can't wait either! we'll be living in our new apartment by the end of the month, in a cute little suburban neighborhood...so i wonder if we'll get trick-or-treaters. cause it's a row of single-story apartments with front doors and everything...so it'd be easy to trick or treat at. either way, i'll be ready with a bowl of candy and pumpkins out front and our porch light on! haha.

2) i didn't know you and indira aren't friends anymore? when did that happen? or did i know and just don't remember? did i miss something??? ...... haha
Oct. 13th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
it was in your non LJ reading days.

had a huge fight in feb 06, made up in july 06. another fight in late nov/early dec 06, havent talked since.
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