Friday, October 28, 2016

Flashback Friday and Halloween

Of Halloweens Past and Present


This post appeared last year and I just decided to be lazy and re-post it on this last Friday of the month.  I'm lazy - deal with it.
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.

12 comments:

  1. I can identify with you regarding buying the sweets and then nobody showing up – but I’ve also experienced it the other way around. No sweets and lots of visitors – I ended up offering apples and bananas, but nobody wanted them! Oh well all the more for me. Happy Halloween.

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    1. As I said, beggars can't be choosers. This year it is almond Snickers and granola bars if I run out, which I highly doubt will happen.

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  2. I just leave home so I don't have to deal with it :D

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  3. How cool with all the pictures of previous Halloweens ;) I like your idea of giving our granola bars. Usually we buy the candy we like and hope we don't get any trick or treaters (LOL). I don't know what to expect this year with them, being in a new neighborhood. Last year we lived in a home owner's association and we had no trick or treaters. The other years on a cul-de-sac and rarely got any to our door. Someone in my area said they got 400 trick or treaters before they ran out of candy last year! We'll have a nice handout, but when its gone, it will be gone.

    betty

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    1. Growing up in Detroit the homes were close together and we got a huge haul. I still remember the guy who had a big jar of coins on the porch and you reached in and grabbed what you could. If I ever run out of candy, I'll get out my coin jar.

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  4. I would have been pissed off if a kid didn't like the treats they were getting. The nerve! Moot point, since we stopped doing Halloween years ago. It's a real pain with dogs in residence, plus we live on a side street and didn't get much traffic. Your pics and the costumes were fun to look at, though. Have a good weekend.

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  5. I cannot imagine someone asking for a special treat because they have an allergy or don't like what you have. Such a entitled bunch of brats being raised now!!

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    1. You said it. Brats. Even the parents get snarky if their kids don't like what you are giving away. A local restaurant had an event recently celebrating their anniversary. They had a giveaway and folks were saying 'I don't like pizza, can I have a free salad?' Ummm. It's a pizza place. Pick a different restaurant!

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  6. I love your snark and I also think..just deal with it. When I went trick or treating we got a to. Of peanuts all the time and no one ever talked. About allergies. Now it has swung so far the other way that I feel we have to wear hasmat suits.i love it that you could dress up at work. I don't think people would take me seriously as a credit counsellor if I was dressed as a joker and telling the, they need to sell their house. I always do dress in black that day and wear my spider earrings.

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    1. Hey, I was the local tax collector and my staff and I dressed up every year. We gave away candy (that I bought and paid for) and folks loved it.

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  7. I love the shadow on the wall behind the woman telling the Hansel and Gretel story!

    I hope you have a great Halloween :)

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