Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Halloween Grumpies

Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Grumpies

I know I have expressed how much I love Halloween this past month, but the crummy weather made Halloween stink this year. The weatherman called for a zero percent chance of rain. Guess what? It rained. All day. The wind huffed and puffed harder than the Big Bad Wolf, and this is the first time I have ever wanted to cut Trick or Treating short. It seemed there were half as many houses passing out candy this year and a lot less kids walking the neighborhood. So it came as a surprise when I got home and found 1 measly candy bar left in my bucket on the porch. I normally over buy so I can have a little stash that's left over, but I got none this year. I am sure someone took more than the limit one my sign stated. So, I had to impose the Candy Tax on the kids this year and confiscate some from each of their bags. I feel I have the Halloween Grumpies.

Those 5 pieces on the lower right are my reward for the night :)


Given my poor attitude right now, I would like to just put it out there the things that DO irritate me about Trick or Treating. I want to start a post about Etiquette of Passing Out Halloween Candy.

* Please have your bowl of candy by the door ready for trick or treaters. There is one night of the year that you can expect your door bell to ring non stop. It's October 31. Please do not come to the door without that bowl! Don't open the door and act surprised that someone is there, then tell them to wait while you walk all the way to the back of your house to get your bowl because you had no idea what those little door bell ringers wanted when they pushed that button.

* Your doughnut and popcorn makers are fabulous. This I can agree with since I love all those little doo dads in my kitchen too. However, Halloween is not the night to pull them out to show off to trick or treaters. The goal is to hit up as many houses as possible. Standing there waiting for you to fry up a doughnut wastes precious time. Then kids have to eat it then and there since they can't just put it in their candy bags without it turning into a crummy mess before the end of the night.

* If you don't have any fresh candy to pass out, that's ok. Just turn your light off and we'll move on. No hard feelings. I know that Christmas candy does not hit the shelves until the day after Halloween. So, when you throw a handful of Hershey Kisses in my kids bag that are wrapped in Christmas foil, I know that's some old stuff! Even worse, when you open it just to be sure, it is a crumbly white mess. Yuck.

* I know it's "trick" or treat, but fortune cookies from the restaurant up the street and soy sauce packets, candles (yes, a friend actually got some tea lights lol), and even used happy meal toys just aren't cool. Again, please just turn out your light and we'll move on. Kids really aren't out there for the "tricks" you know.

* Does it really matter is a child looks "too old" to be out collecting candy? If they are in costume, what's the big deal? Getting snotty with the kids is asking for trouble. I would rather pass out a 10¢ piece of candy to a teenager than clean egg yolk off my house the next day. Just a little food for thought there.



I am sure there are more grumpies I could point out, but I fear I am starting to sound like a real jerk myself :) The main thing was the girls had a great time, even if their mom was a complaining ninny.



How was your Halloween? Do you have any complaints to add to the list?

21 comments:

  1. Bahahaha...oh Theresa...this post I have to admit made me snicker. I love it, and it's so true. We've had people act surprised and then run to their kitchen cupboard and give a bag of crackers! hehe. We avoid houses with their front porch lights off and go to ones that look welcoming with theirs on. People actually fry up doughnuts?? LOL Now that's news to my ears! haha

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    1. We don't go to the ones with their lights off either, though the girls try. We have to constantly steer them in the right direction.

      Every year I wonder who is going to pull out what kitchen gadget and make us wait while they demonstrate. Though I will say that the hot chocolate maker was very welcome on this years freezing Halloween!

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  2. We had a great Halloween. Surprisingly, the weather was good and the grandkids had a blast.

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    1. So glad that the weather cooperated for you Becky! I know a lot of people had theirs ruined from Sandy this year. Glad you weren't one of them and the grandkids had a wonderful Halloween!

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  3. Sounds like you didn't have the best Halloween! :( My only complaint is I wasn't able to go out trick-or-treating because of contractions and no one comes to our house for candy (it's out on a side road) so I had nothing to do but stay home and feel crappy. -_- Hopefully next year will be better!

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    1. Awwww, I have a feeling next year will be much better. You will have 2 kids to deck out in awesome costumes :)

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  4. Theresa hi!

    Too bad you had crap weather. I can't believe the weather we have been having here. 65-75 degrees all week! Man it should be more like winter now. (I've got on capri's and sandals today) I think there are good and bad to that. Hope you can organize or go to a Trunk or Treat next year. Our church does it and the big grocery stores hold them, too.

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    1. I am so jealous of your weather. I am living in chunky sweaters and wool socks here. It's freezing!

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  5. your girls look great!!!
    i agree with your tips..and understand!!

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  6. I love your tips! Fortunately no one tried to fry us up any doughnuts :-)

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    1. Well, if you are ever in the mood for them on Halloween, I'll send you directions to my neighborhood ;) It's almost guaranteed you are getting a fried doughnut!

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  7. Your girls costumes are gorgeous!!! It's disappointing that it rained :( I'd be grumpy too.

    Hope your happy again! It's the weekend afterall :)))

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    1. Thanks Paula :) And cheers! I am super happy it's the weekend!

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  8. It was 25 degrees and snowing here! From the other side of the door - if the weather sucks and the little ones are shivering take them home. (Not you Theresa, the mom of the two year old with blue lips at my door on Halloween. Only one trick or treater and he looked like he was ready for bed and a cozy blanket. 9pm!) I personally will not be taking my son trick or treating until he is 4 or 5 and with a costume he can wear over a snow suit.

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    1. I am amazed at the parents that will drag their kids out in that kind of weather, especially at that age! I was waiting for the second for my kids to complain so we could head home!

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  9. People actually answered their doors WITHOUT the candy bowl ready? What the heck?

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    1. I know! Exactly what I was thinking lol!

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  10. Soy sauce, tea lights, fortune cookies? hahahahahhahahaha

    Oh my.

    You know what, I agree with you 110% about the teens. If they're still feeling young and happy enough to dress up for some candy, then give them some for crying out loud, and be glad they're doing something innocent a fun. It's a good thing, not one that's cause for muttering and mumbling about their age. I hate when people squelch the last bits of 'little kid' left in the teens. They grow up fast enough as it is... and now you've made me grumpy too! ;) Kidding... about the grumpies anyway (not about the rest of it).
    :)

    Glad you got your little stash. My son had one chocolate bar (Trunk or Treating). hahahaha ONE. I went out and bought a clearance bag of Halloween Clark bar minis to throw in the stash. ;)

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  11. I forgot to say the costumes are awesome. :)

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  12. excellent etiquette tips! How awful to give old old candy.. and to the young ones! disgusting behavior that's worst than old crummy candy itself!


    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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