Friday, 28 October 2011

getting ready for Hallowe'en

Hallowe'en is definitely a favourite holiday in this household. We plan our costumes months in advance, and they usually change at least 3 times. But as of today, we've sorted out what we'll be this October 31st: Raggedy Ann and a dog. These 3 things have been indispensable for me in gathering costumes over the years:

1. thrift stores

2. my mom (who can sew at the last minute)

making a hat for Raggedy Ann
3. face paint

Here's a little memory trail of costumes from other years:
a rainbow
Pippi Longstocking
a cat who wears eye shadow
Well, I'm off this weekend to load up on crappy candy. And you?

P.S. I really would love another tradition besides handing out crappy candy. I don't want to be a scrooge and not hand it out, or not let my children gather it, but really. It's too much. And it's crappy. And it lasts for way too long the way we ration it out.


  1. We let the kids gorge on candy when they get home from trick-or-treating, and then the candy disappears. But they're older this year and may just rebel ... Still, I wouldn't let the candy hang around for longer than a week post-Halloween.

    One year we gave out bags of homemade caramel corn, but we know pretty much EVERYONE who would come trick-or-treating at our house, and we don't get a ton of kids due to our location, so it was manageable. The Globe and Mail has a great piece in the Life section today about homemade treats. I think it does depend on where you live, and how well you know your neighbours. We've gotten and eaten homemade treats over the years, but we know who they're from. Would we eat a treat from a stranger? Hm. If it were carefully labelled, I don't see why not.

  2. I've always struggled with the amount of sugary treats too. I was thinking of negotiating with Levi this year how much he gets to keep and then the rest will disappear. Considering it's mostly crappy I'm hesitant to give it away to House of Friendship or anything - Carrie do you throw it away or give it away?

  3. In the 1970s my one grandma used to hand out pencils and raisins (not candy). Keep in mind, this was a small town and you should have heard the comments (complaints) at school the next day! (I was "unusually" quiet that day in response.)

    In that same era, our next door neighbour (a town piano teacher) made every trick-or-treater sing a song before getting their loot. (I'm not sure how many times her doorbell rang in an evening, but we HAD to go there as good neighbourly relations.)

    Just a few years ago I handed out boxes of raisins (I LOVE raisins!). You should have heard the gentle 'ribbing' I took from my own family! (but I still hand them out, but with candy.)

    I always loved Hallowe'en as a kid and, like the blogger's family, my friends and I were in "costume planning stages" already in August! ~Marcia

  4. I let Meg pick 10 pieces of candy to keep and the rest goes with Kirk to handout to his class (high school) . So far she has been very excited about this. I have also heard of a Halloween Fairy --- children choose a small handful of candy to keep and the rest is set aside for the fairy. In return the fairy leaves a family game, new book or craft item for the family. I love the idea, yet I am hesitant to add yet another imaginary fairy/santa to the list. LOVE the rainbow costume. Very creative :)

  5. Shauna: We tried the pumpkin fairy one year, but I'm with you - it's one more imaginary fairy who has to go shopping for a game/toy/craft/book. And this fairy feels she has enough to do most days. But I like the idea of sending most of it with Dad to work. Maybe we'll try that...

    Marcia: ah, pencils and raisins and having to perform talents! I remember getting these kind of treats and being less than pleased, but my mom being quite happy about them. And there were certain neighbours that we knew we had to sing for.

    Wendy: did you throw it away or give it to Dad?

    Carrie: you amaze me. A week post-Hallowe'en? Amazing.