I thought the subject meant your local government had “okayed” trick-or-treating for this year. I am really curious how this will shake-out. Certainly nothing can stop people from decorating. However, if I went all-in on decorating and trick-or-treating were banned, I would almost feel like people would be expecting me to defy the order and be giving out candy.
Trick or treating here was announced as banned, then rolled back to not recommended.
Really, it’s time for people to give up on the idea of trick or treating this year. If it really happened anything like normal, cases would explode, each contagious candy giver has contact with hundreds of kids, and each contagious kid has contact with hundreds of givers. Kids aren’t going to wear proper masks and keep them on, no one’s going to spray the bag of candy down with alcohol or anything.
What’s likely is like 75% of people decide not to hand out candy, many decorate anyway. The kids who do go out are going to be running around ringing doorbells at many more houses than normal trying to get candy, and probably trashing decorations when they don’t get it.
@kevinrs well said. This is a touchy topic where I live. Folks are insisting on handing out candy because , “kids deserve it”. My fear is what you described above. Kids nor the folks handing out candy deserve to get sick.
I decided to trick or treat at home with my niece. I have lots of doors. She can knock on all of them and I can wear wigs, different outfits, speak in different accents, whatever to at least make it a little fun for her.
@kevinrs@Kyeh She is eight and very sassy. She knows where all my shoes, wigs, makeup, etc are stored and goes straight for it all when she visits. So girly and loves to play dress up! I think I enjoy it as much as she does
I have both. Sam’s has two things Costco doesn’t carry, and they’re two of SWMBO’s must-have items. On-the-Border chips in the massive 28oz size bags, and Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Sweet Cream in the 46oz size jugs. And Sam’s has lint rollers in stock more than Costco (once a quarter, maybe?)
I’ll tolerate it once a month and stock up. Now, in the pandemic, since I’m working from home, I can go when it’s not crowded.
We don’t get kids here anymore. They all grew up and moved away.
At one point we had parents bringing car loads to our area from the apartments not far from here, it was so fun to see all of the costumes. We had a great time decorating. But over the years, there were less and less, now nothing.
We’ve taken most of our decorations to the vet’s office (we take lots of stuff there, the staff is fairly young and they have kids or nieces and nephews).
It makes me nostalgic and kinda sad at the same time.
@lisaviolet Yeah I used to live in a neighborhood with a ton of kids so lots of tricker treaters. The move to AR for that temp job there were a ton also - this was the fidget spinner year and I gave them out. A couple of kids yelled to friends about fidget spinners so even though I was the 8th townhouse from the street a had a bunch show up at my doorstep.
The house down the street had been on ghost busters and did a spectacular halloween layout so families by the carload came. Some people talked me into paying to tour it. OMG it was too funny. They had a “ghost sensor” on the bed upstairs that would glow if a ghost was present. Someone was listening to music via bluetooth earbuds and that set it off. The poor kid doing the tour asked that person to not use her phone as it was going to set off other stuff. Oops LOL.
Then there was the ghost makes it rock trick. Loose floorboard did that (tested that as I was the last to leave the room). There was the B&W photo of the ghost shadow on the wall - they needed to do some photoshop with that as the spotlight used to do that had a reflection in something on the shelf. There was more things along that line.
The guy was a faculty member where I worked and the tour guides were his students. One blew it and mentioned, when someone asked how the heck they kept up the falling down victorian home, that he cleared about $25,000/year from the tours. They also sold t-shirts and other crap in the front yard. Good racket for them and the kids in town loved how they decorated the yard.
Once when I was at my mom’s some years ago for halloween (she taught in the same district she lived in) and some of her kindergarteners came to the door. She always had the house really decorated up for the kids (took us a bunch of hours to do it for her). They wanted to know why she was there. Didn’t she live at the school?
Now I live in an apt building. Some would decorate (new owners have forbidden any decorations for any holidays in windows, on doors…) but generally no kids would come around. I had bought candy the first year not realizing… Good thing I bought what I liked. Sad though. I miss the trick or treaters.
@Kidsandliz I miss it. I don’t think we’ll be buying any treats this year.
We used to put the decorations up for one day. We’d start halloween morning, then when we were sure the kids were done, we’d take then all down. Like it never happened.
One of the other things that happened here were school carnivals and the trunk or treating. I doubt the parents wanted to dress up the kids more than once, our area is hilly, no sidewalks and it’s work to walk.
But we’re okay with it. Just another old fart “remember when” story…
@sammydog01 Oh yeah, the page says free delivery is… sometime… around Halloween… maybe afterwards. I’ll buy one. And then maybe two later. Very excited to use it while woodworking, as suggested in the description.
@sammydog01 All too plausible. Could have been a mid-month shipping cut-off of some kind too. Free delivery is Oct. 28-Nov. 5. Fastest delivery is Oct. 27-Nov. 3 (totally worth the extra $1.99!). Yet the description says [US Fast Shipping/ 7-15 day on delivery] which… doesn’t mean anything, really. Delivery to me? After delivery to the US? Anyway, I’m not jealous.
@mossygreen@RiotDemon Cranberry sauce was good. Ginger glazed carrots was good. I’m not sure about sweet potato pie because most of them look a lot alike and I refuse to accidentally taste turkey or stuffing again. At least you can tell the green beans by the color. THESE ARE TERRIBLE. EVERYONE SHOULD BUY A BAG.
@RiotDemon@sammydog01 AGREED. I found a color guide in a review, but it didn’t quite match up with what I had in my hands, so I entirely sympathize with your concern. I’ll try to find it in case sweet potato pie was one of the identifiable ones.
I thought about drawing chalk circles on the driveway with candy in them so each kid could have their own pile to grab. I could lysol and restock the circles if necessary. I could just sit on a chair in the garage and watch them come up so I could compliment their costumes.
@Kidsandliz@medz One of the minor disappointments of my life was discovering that Robert Benchley’s humorous essay about attempting black magic was not accurate because it featured a black kitten that would not stay inside a circle. But maybe kittens are different and his essay was entirely accurate…