Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Of Halloweens Past and Present

I was pretty sure that I had posted photos of Halloween before.  Apparently not.  After posting about my 'bugs', I got to thinking about one of my old costumes.  Back in 1999 one of my staff had the idea to dress up as 'computer Y2K bugs' for Halloween.  I decided that I would dress as the 'Exterminator'.

Somehow I don't think I look scary enough.  And not sure that water pistol will help either.

Here we all were in 1988 in the old Town Hall. I'm the punk rocker in the center and I still have that necklace though I am pretty sure everything else went to the Salvation Army years ago.  I know there are other photos around here.  Now where have I heard that before???

All this gets me to thinking about handing out treats on Saturday.  When I was a kid I went out every year with my friends.  Houses in Detroit were on small lots and you could hit a lot of houses in one block.  We used old pillowcases to carry our loot.  And we did not yell 'trick or treat'.  We yelled 'help the poor'.  Let's face it.  We were too poor to afford anything to use for 'tricks'.  The best house was the guy who had a huge jar full of coins where you could reach in and grab a handful.

The last few years I have given out granola bars at my home.  If I buy candy and no one shows up (which has happened), I either have to eat it or throw it out.  At least granola bars are something I eat and keep on hand.  Last year the neighborhood 'PITA' little girl asked if I had anything else as she didn't like granola bars.  WTF?  You are begging for treats and 'beggars can't be choosers'.

Which brings me around to this question I was asked: 'What do you have for kids with peanut or gluten allergies?'  Uh, granola bars.  Beggars can't be choosers.  If your child has an allergy, throw a party at your home.

A few weeks ago I went to Greenfield Village with my family for a Halloween event.  They gave out lots of sugary candy.  Must have been in cahoots with dentists, lol.  Anyway, here are some photos taken of the actors at Greenfield Village.  I'll post some others on Friday.





The young woman above was telling the PG-13 version of 'Hansel and Gretel'.  Really?  Did you notice the young children here early in the evening?  Much better for the later crowd.
Spooky.

6 comments:

  1. Love the Y2K bug-hahaha that is very inventive. It makes me think of the outfits I wore in the past. I had out chocolate and rockets-if they have peanuts in it, give it to Dad, he'll eat it. I remember when i was young, many houses would give us peanuts in the shell-it was a big item to hand out-times have changed

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    1. I don't think we ever got peanuts in the shell. But there was a house that gave full-size candy bars. What a treat.

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  2. Our first year in Canada we ran out of candy so Matt was explaining at the door and one little tot said "Welcome to Canada" so cute. I went as a punk rocker once too Denise. I stuck a safety pin on my cheek and a lot of people thought it really was through my skin. These days we don't have anything to do with the celebration. Kids come to the front door here I believe. We never see them.

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    1. I've never run out of candy. Weather here is not supposed to be too great, so I may not have anyone at all. There are only a few children in my neighborhood.

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  3. I like your exterminator costume. It's the sort of thing I do!

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    1. I have to research that gun. I think it may be a 'star wars' laser gun. If so, I should have kept it.

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