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  • Yes, every year!

    23 76.67%
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    1 3.33%
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  1. #11
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    We do take our kids trick-or-treating! I always want to make their costumes, but the military keeps getting in the way with timing. I'm really looking forward to it this year since apparently our street is THE street everyone wants to go to and my next door neighbors are hosting a bonfire after we take the kids around early! Should be a really fun social evening. This is a very religious area and I wasn't sure how my mormon next door neighbors would see Halloween, but apparently everyone here loves it! They just stick to pumpkins.

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    Halloween was my absolutely favorite holiday when I was a kid! When I was a teenager and was too old to go trick-or-treating, all by myself I would decorate my mom's house and yard with creative stuff, put on a costume, and hand out candy. I started taking my twins when they were 2, and they love it. We go around our neighborhood, where quite a few people hand out candy and have decorations. We sometimes are invited to go to fancier parts of town, but I like the sense of community from going in our own little area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyme View Post
    Well, my 13 year old is going to be a bush this year. I think that will be easy, but knowing him, it might be some big production.
    My children always have huge ideas and then get a bit upset when they realize they cannot really make what they want or they don't turn out like they imagined. This year, my daughter wanted to make wings and be Max from Maximum Ride. She's been talking about it for months. Last month she started buying feathers and realized it would be way to costly to make the wings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbsam View Post
    My children always have huge ideas and then get a bit upset when they realize they cannot really make what they want or they don't turn out like they imagined. This year, my daughter wanted to make wings and be Max from Maximum Ride. She's been talking about it for months. Last month she started buying feathers and realized it would be way to costly to make the wings.
    He originally wanted to be the Mercury Spacecraft (actual size, slightly bigger than 6' by 6') but thank goodness he realized that he would want to make it perfect and that he didn't haven enough time to do that. At least our kids are getting to the age where they are starting to be a little more self-aware!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyme View Post
    At least our kids are getting to the age where they are starting to be a little more self-aware!
    Well, my son has a way to go. Tonight he told me he wants to be a giant polka-dot sock for Halloween
    He crochets, but not well enough to make a life sized sock in less than a week!
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    Halloween has been about my favorite special day since I was little. As a young adult, I threw some awesome parties, made awesome food and great decorations.
    But my kids' food allergies about killed it, or at least made it so we had to celebrate on our own, with a little home-based halloween party all our own. We got elaborate with decor, I made special things they could have, and we cozied in with movies that weren't too scary for littles.

    But now, suprise surprise, the oldest 3 can go trick-or-treating, and actually so can the toddler so long as I don't give him stuff with gluten or dairy. He can have some hard candy.

    Now that they can trick or treat, and we have a great area in town for it, even though it means I won't be put to any trouble at all for Halloween, I sort of miss our homey Halloween In...I will be home with the toddler, but will have to wait for him to go to sleep to enjoy my annual viewing of Young Frankenstein with some delicious hard beverage in hand. Hope I won't be too old to enjoy it, by the time the kids are all old enough that I could throw a real haunt again.
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    Yes, I did every year back in the days when the neighbours gave out homemade cookies and apples and decorated the insides of their houses because they invited you in. Our moms usually made our costumes on their sewing machines unless we wanted to be ghosts, in which case we just cut eye holes in an old sheet, or robots or something that our dads made with cardboard boxes and spray paint.

    I cut ds24 off way too soon before he was ready to give it up. He wanted to be Spiderman in the worst possible way and there just wasn't any money for a costume. The only thing they had at the thrift store was a hospital gown and I came up with an idea to use it to dress up as an escaped mental patient. Not only didn't he like the idea, but he never asked again.

    He absolutely loved taking his little brother trick or treating until the year he got some nasty "teen father" comments. I hope it's just local, but it was very sad and very eye opening how supportive people were when they thought they saw a very young teen mother with an involved grandmother compared to how nasty they were when they thought they saw a teen father--did they think we stole the baby from his mother or something?

    Anyway it hurt. He waited 16 years for a younger brother. If he had been a 16 year old father, he would have deserved respect for not just walking away. We started going with a group after that.

    Last year the kids bought decorations for our yard and we got a whole bunch of trick or treaters. When I took them down and packed them away, I looked forward to pulling them out again every year like the Christmas ornaments, but the weather doesn't seem to be co-operating. Hopefully the people we trick or treat with will come over for pumpkin pie and cider anyway.

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    We live pretty remotely, so not really a trick or treat kinda neighborhood.

    When boys were little I took them to community parties. Our little town does a costume parade, they block off the few blocks of main street and then the kids trick or treat shop to shop.

    When they got older, we would hit the "best" trick or treat neighborhoods door to door. Yeah, we are "those" kind of people! LOl!!

    This year they will do something they've never done...... Their older cousin just bought his first house and it's in a good trick or treat neighborhood. Since he's out of town, we are gonna spend the night at his place for him; eating Chinese takeout, watching the old Boris Karloff, Dracula/Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein movies, and handing out candy to little trick or treaters!

    We are kind of excited!
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    We ToT down to one of the block party streets (our city has about twenty or so streets that close for Halloween and hold elaborate crazy block parties all night). They have fires in those portable fire pits that they bring into the road and roast marshmallows and live bands and put on an elaborate shadow puppetry show (that I can practically recite at this point "In the middle of the haunted cemetery! On Halloween night! Boom boom! She gave quite a fright! Boom boom!" That's the chorus...). Then the kids ToT back home a different way (to get more candy) and we stop at a local burger spot and order a giant thing of rings and fries and I meet them back home with them. That's been it for the last several years.

    Oh, and we usually start at our corner park and sometimes the kids ToT the businesses on our street early on. And Mushroom usually sets up a little stand soliciting for ToT for UNICEF during the costume contest. It's cute. Last year, our Councilwoman emceed the contest and gave him $5.
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    Yesterday we were plotting out our weekend. There are usually lots of activities for trick or treating leading up to Halloween.

    So we have plans for Friday night and Saturday. When DH discovered that no one had organized anything for Sunday, because it was well, it is Sunday, he was nope, we need to have a party. So guess what? We are having a party. We spent the day shopping. It is a small party with a couple of families.
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