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RedSquirrel 
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10-30-13 06:14 AM - Post#4084262    

is tomorrow, isn't it? The 31st?

Last year was our first Halloween. We've never celebrated it before, but our neighbour came round and said the kids in the street were dressing up and could they come ToTing at our house. I spent the afternoon dressing up the kitchen window and decorating with pumpkins and candles, and buying sweets.

It began pouring an hour before the appointed time and just half a dozen saturated kids turned up, got their sweets and left. They were so wet they didn't even notice our decorations.

This year none of the neighbours have been round to say what's happening. I'll be out at choir practice tomorrow. DH might be home by then but he'll be having his dinner and relaxing. He's had a hard week.

I'm not sure what to do. Should I run round and speak to the neighbour tonight and find out whether anything has been planned? I'm not decorating on the off-chance when I won't even be home.

What normally happens at Halloween with you?

 
3 Little Ladies 
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10-30-13 06:17 AM - Post#4084266    
    In response to RedSquirrel

We're trick-or-treating today at the nursing home, and then again tomorrow in our neighborhood. Lilly will be handing out candy tomorrow because she feels she's to old to trick-or-treat.

 
gingersfavorite 
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10-30-13 06:26 AM - Post#4084268    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

Supposed to be storming / raining here as well. We're going to get the grandson Asher a special treat, but otherwise are not turning on the porch light or handing out candy. Just not feelin' it this year - LOL

 
hockeymom24 
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10-30-13 06:46 AM - Post#4084276    
    In response to gingersfavorite

we just expect kids to come around. I have emailed a couple of relatives to make sure they are around but other than that we have treats and will be ready for the kids.

 
RedSquirrel 
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10-30-13 06:51 AM - Post#4084280    
    In response to hockeymom24

So if you're handing out sweets, do you wear costumes and decorate your front gardens and front doors?

 
hockeymom24 
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10-30-13 06:55 AM - Post#4084282    
    In response to RedSquirrel

no we don't dress up, we do have a few decorations up but not many, we don't go all out and will hopefully have a lit pumpkin in the livingroom window.

some houses just keep an outside light on and that's how we know they are passing out treats.

 
3 Little Ladies 
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10-30-13 06:55 AM - Post#4084284    
    In response to RedSquirrel

Normally I would decorate the front porch and inside our house, but I wasn't home this month to do it. The girls were a little disappointed. Abby ended up putting out our Halloween cat. lol

I told them I would decorate for Thanksgiving while I'm home.

 
carpe scrapum 
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10-30-13 07:56 AM - Post#4084296    
    In response to 3 Little Ladies

We decorate our house inside and out. Not much, just enough to make it tallish and festive. The girls have friends and cousins over to trick or treat with and it's a big to do. I'm making organic dogs in a blanket so they can eat on the go. We have great big fun with it every year. Greg usually walks the kids while they trick or treat and I stay on the porch handing out tons of candy. I mean tons! The girls have a half day this year so they can come home and get ready. I thought that was nice.

 
Nora 
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10-30-13 06:27 PM - Post#4084356    
    In response to carpe scrapum

I don't decorate inside, just outside, though I do have a ton of inside decorations. Char wasn't begging me to do it this year so I didn't. (lazy!!)

We carved pumpkins and I will put lights in them tomorrow. Char will be trick or treating and I will be handing out candy!!

 
mlouwho 
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10-30-13 06:35 PM - Post#4084362    
    In response to Nora

I have a few fall decorations around in the house, but I just have to add a pilgrim and it is ready for Thanksgiving. I have some flowers and a scarecrow on the front walkway with a (uncarved) pumpkin, but that has been out most of the month, so no special Halloween decorating.

We are usually at a big church bonfire during ToTing, but this year we are going to stay home. DH is leaving on a mission trip to NJ first thing Friday am and we need that time to get him packed up. SO, we will be home, picked up one bag of candy, assuming the little girl next door will come over and probably the dog walker. Other than that, DH will be eating that candy, lol

 
scrapanda 
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10-30-13 09:27 PM - Post#4084380    
    In response to mlouwho

We just always expect kids. We usually get around 50. I decorated inside but not outside. Will probably put our jack o lantern on the front step. I won't have much of a voice to greet them! Ben is too little for trick or treating but will dress as a dinosaur. Dh may take him to the neighbours. I don't normally dress up but this year my boss wanted us all to be witches so I got a costume. However, I may not get to wear it if I still feel rotten!

 
boysmom 
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10-31-13 07:11 AM - Post#4084406    
    In response to scrapanda

Halloween is the biggest day of the year in our elementary school. The kids go home for lunch and change into their costume and then there is a parade around the school and all the parents watch and then a party in the classroom. I'm a class mom this year so I've been planning the party and will stay for that. Looking forward to it, and I've got my spare camera battery charged. Zachary is in middle school, so he just has a regular school day.

After that the boys go trick-or-treating and I stay and hand out candy. The outside of my house in minimally decorated, just a couple little items I put out every year. I do not dress up, but I will wear an orange shirt.

Last year Halloween was canceled due to Sandy and the year before there was minimal trick-or-treating due to a freak snow storm that took down lots of trees and power-wires. We are just thrilled to have Halloween without caution tape all over the neighborhood.

 
Kiwifarmer 
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10-31-13 11:00 AM - Post#4084444    
    In response to boysmom

Not really celebrated here at all.

 
scaredycat 
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10-31-13 11:48 AM - Post#4084448    
    In response to Kiwifarmer

I used to really decorate the porch - haybales, cornstalks, scarecrows, etc....until mice realized it was quite the cushy place, ick!!! So now I just do a small fall display in the foyer. I don't really dress up, just wear orange and some bat ears. We hand out tons of candy, the hardest part is keeping hubby and the kids out of the stash!!!

 
hockeymom24 
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10-31-13 01:41 PM - Post#4084460    
    In response to scaredycat

not sure what is worse, having to dress in layers because it is so snapping cold or wearing a snowsuit because there is so much snow. It is some cold out there. We'll be bundling up for sure, hoping the rain stays away...

 
RedSquirrel 
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10-31-13 04:51 PM - Post#4084468    
    In response to hockeymom24

I got chocolate. It rained all afternoon but it was dry when the kids next door came round just before I left the house - two of the cutest little skeletons I've ever seen. Oscar (aged 9) announced "Mummy could only get an age 7-8 for my costume and I can't bend down" and demonstrated by bending down. There was a loud ripping Velcro sound and a cry of "OSCAR! DON'T!" from his mum. I was gurgling...

 
DeblynA 
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10-31-13 05:58 PM - Post#4084472    
    In response to RedSquirrel

Since Rory is too little for Trick or Treating, we dressed him up and went to the park for pictures.
Rory with his mommy & daddy Rory, as Jack Skullyton Rory and Grandma

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10-31-13 06:27 PM - Post#4084478    
    In response to DeblynA

That's funny Rosey.

Very cute, Debbie!

We had less kids than last year. It's dwindled over the years. When the kids were younger, the streets in my neighborhood were full of people.

 
gingersfavorite 
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10-31-13 10:21 PM - Post#4084496    
    In response to kaleidoscope

awww!

 
Gramma - Claudia 
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11-01-13 12:42 AM - Post#4084498    
    In response to RedSquirrel

We are in a neighborhood that has virtually no kids. Our house sits a long way back from the street so we don't get any kids. But this year we got this one :-) Judging by her face she was eating as much as was going into the bag.

Great Grand Daughter - Ali



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