10.30.2006

Grinching Halloween?

OK internets, I am in an ethical quandry of unrivalled magnitude. Tommorrow, if you did not know, is HALLOWEEN. We dig Halloween in these here parts, especially as one parent grew up in desperate environment where there was no halloween. (And by "no halloween" I mean none of the loot-getting activities that typify this fine, fine nation. I hear this has all changed now, but too late for ME!).

So here's the dilemma. My boy is gifted with parents who both like to accompany him on his loot-getting trip. We love it. We both bicker over who should stay at home and give out candy. We both want to be there for those precious, precious moments when he says "trick or treat!!!" (and then complains bitterly and audibly over being given non-candy treat like a spider ring or someshit. we've raised him well, my people).

Question: is it ok to leave your house festooned with lit up punkins on the doorstep, but with NO light on to invite T and Ters? (last year we left a basket of candy with dumbass instructions of "please take only a couple!!!!!!!!!" on a playful little paper ghost notice. Yes. We're schmucks. And Yes, there was carnage on our front lawn that evidenced early-evening teen-frenzying of said basket).

I await impatiently for your sage advice.

17 comments:

DD said...

I don't think the TrickNTreat Police will get you if you do leave out some pumpkins but no porch light. However, be prepared in the event that your pumpkins morph into something entirely different upon your return. You know, like a the makings of pumpkin pie with lots of seeds and shell pieces.

toyfoto said...

I am a firm believer in turning off the lights and taking in the gourds.

Although I live in a place where the trick or treaters don't bother to make the trek to our door. We're too off the beaten path. One year we sat on the roof and tried to get them to come to us. ... We even threw candy at them. But no. Who wants to walk fifty yards for a tiny bag of M&Ms? Not our neighbors.

neva said...

damn girl, this is a quandry. we used to take turns with the T & T-ing, which worked out fairly well. of course, your little one is young enough to get out and about early... why not take in the pumpkin & turn out the lights while you're gone... then hand out goodies to kids when you all get home? (truthfully? our youngest enjoyed the process of handing out goodies almost as much as asking for them...)

one thing i'm dying to know... will you wear a costume? cuz one year a friend of mine -- who was somewhat heavy with child -- dressed up as a cow, and i have to say it was very mooving, and *more* than a little hilarious! xox

Chaotic Mom said...

I think hanging out with your kiddo far outweighs the threat of having to clean up later. Your son will remember YOU being with him. I would go with him. Risk the clean up. Or what the heck, take the pumpkins in and turn off the lights like toyfoto said.

Or put up a fake video cam w/shiny red light aimed right outside of the door, eh? Think that would slow down those bright minded teens?

Anonymous said...

As the sole adult in the house, I'll be out with the Boys, lights out at home, pumpkins withdrawn, and fingers crossed that teenagers just ignore my dark, scary house...

Anonymous said...

This is why Guy Fawkes is so much better.

Anonymous said...

You should both enjoy T $ Ting with your child!! I like the idea of leaving a phony security camera on your door. lol! (We once tried the "please take only one" bit, but of course it was gone instantaneously.) Or perhaps you could hire a local teenager to "house-sit" for you that evening and pass out candy?

MrsFortune said...

Just put all the lights off and put the pumpkins inside, unless you want to be cleaning up smashed pumpkin for a week.

Lisa said...

Ohhh. I don't know. I'd just do the "please take one" sign but make sure its something like Dum-dum suckers... Not something really primo...

Love your blog, by the way!

Anonymous said...

My two cents: Put out the candy. Hope for the best. Or, hire a teenage candy-hander-outer (instead of a babysitter). Pay her/him with cash plus candy. Just a thought.

Mega Mom said...

I opt for going out! In fact, I'll be Princess Leia (although should you want to dress up, you should try the tank top with "Mrs. Federline" written on it and a blonde wig) tonight with Anakin, Chewbacca and Yoda :) How could I miss that? Last year I left a bowl of good candy and even the BOWL was gone. Oh well, this year I bought a bowl at the dollar store and I'm off again. Wish us luck!

Mom101 said...

Hmmmm...depends on your neighborhood I suppose. Although my guess is most hooligans will be older and thus come later. Can you take the kid out early, then be home to hand out candy to the older kids?

macboudica said...

You will have enough time to *pay back* Halloween and hand out loot when the kids get too big for trick or treat. For now, enjoy your family time.

Pendullum said...

Turn on some lights as the kiddies can trip down the stairs... or their oooooolllld parents...

Kimba said...

What always worked for us was to take turns. One of us would pass out candy while the other made the trek with the kidlet down one street, return and swap out to hit another street. That way we both were able to enjoy all the fun!

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