Thursday, October 31, 2013

Trick or Treat


I can’t believe another Halloween is upon us. Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday my kids were really little and I would take them around the neighbourhood to beg for collect treats. We lived in the big city at the time, and you could fill up an entire truck just by going around a block or two.

My younger daughter's first Halloween. She was three days shy of four months old.
Back then, I used to dress up with my girls, and people would give me treats, too, just for making the effort of putting on a costume and joining in on the fun. So I got my own candy and didn’t need to dip into their stashes while the kids were sleeping. But I did it, anyway. The rotten mother that I was.

Dressing up with my girls on Halloween was always so much fun.
When I was a wee one (many, many moons ago), the streets were flooded with children (baby boomers) and homes would run out of candy faster than you can say “trick or treat”. There are a lot less kids these days, and a lot more chance you’ll be left with a bowl full of sweets, which would have been wonderful back when my metabolism kicked butt. But at my age, it lounges around, and everything sweet goes straight to the hips and thighs.

Anyway, we haven’t celebrated Halloween for the past two years. My daughter complains about that, but when I ask her to help with candy duty at the door, she refuses because she’s ‘got plans with friends’. So I’m left holding the bag. Or the door. Or the treats. Whatever you want to call it. Maybe next year, I’ll get back into the spirit. Or the year after. Or when I (hopefully) have grandchildren. We’ll see.

Well, whether you celebrate or not, here’s a fun tune to kick start this ghoulish day. This well-known novelty song by Bobby "Boris" Pickett was released on August 25, 1962, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart on October 20 of that year; just in time for Halloween. It's been a recurring holiday favourite ever since.

Happy Halloween, everyone!


42 comments:

  1. Happy Halloween Martha.
    I loved the pictures, hard for me to believe you have a 21 year old daughter.
    I am going trick-or-treating with my granddaughter Rose tonight (and her parents, they are candy fiends ..LOL )

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    1. Yup, I have a daughter who is 21. Hard for me to believe, too :)

      I know you had a great time with your granddaughter. Children make the holidays so magical. I hope her parents didn't eat too many of the good treats...haha...

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  3. Love those photos, Martha! I'm just getting ready with treats because it'll be dark here soon and the neighbourhood kids will be calling.

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    1. Hope it was fun, Sulky! I didn't see too many kids around the neighbourhood this year because it was drizzling.

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  4. The photos are great! I always liked gathering up candy once a year like that. :-)

    Like the song, too--haven't hear it in a while.

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    1. That song gets stuck in your head. I've been carrying that tune around since I posted it here!

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  5. your daughters and yourself , so beautiful so eat away, throw the scale out, and eat until your teeth hurts I remember this little video even though I have sound I can't hear anything offered on blog, anyhoo enjoy the day however it's spent....Is it what I think the monster mash song? just wondering since I can't hear it, not your fault...lol have a great time, whatever you do, even if it's like me watching Supernatural with lots of chocolate as scary as it gets lol

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    1. Yes, that is the monster mash song. Very popular! And very addictive. It's still playing in my head two days later...haha...

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  7. I also used to dress up for Halloween when our kids were little back then we lived in a small town that became a big ugly city of Brampton and we had hundreds of kids come to our door now we live in a valley village with mostly Mennonites and Halloween is not celebrated so no kids trick or treating here . I was raised on a farm in Caledon and we would drive from house to house to trick or treat ! Lovely photos . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day

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    1. It's fun dressing up with the kids; mine used to love that. Perhaps I'll do it again if I ever have grandkids!

      When I was a kid, it was that way; hundreds of kids swarming the streets. Now it's much quieter. Kind of sad, really.

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  8. We’re closing in on the end here. My younger son is nearly twelve, but still happy to be going out with his friends. He decided that this year he would go as the Universe and spent last night making a costume. Once he’s outgrown Halloween, we get no trick-or-treaters on our country road, so we’ll have nothing but the owls and coyotes to spook us.

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    1. He might continue for awhile with his friends. My girls did that for a couple of years. Now my younger one just gets together with friends. Kind of sad when it all ends, but we all grow up!

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  9. sweet memories, Happy Halloween! Love that monster mash.

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    1. Yes, very sweet memories. Can't believe how quickly it's all come and gone!

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  10. halloween has so many wonderful memories

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  11. Oh how I love Halloween and The Monster Mash is such a classic!

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  12. In the '70s, when our children were young, my hubby and a fella across the street would take them trick or treating while I handed out the treats from home. In those days, other friends in the neighborhood would hand out "treats" to the guys, too... a beer here, a spiked apple cider there, and by the time they came home, they were all feeling mighty fine.

    Now, we don't get many trick or treaters. I still buy candy, just in case, but darn! I usually end up eating most of it...

    Even our grandchildren don't do much of the door-to-door stuff. They go to "trunk or treat" events at church and at some of the local stores. Times have changed.

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    1. Hahahaha...that was funny! I bet they were feeling 'mighty fine' by the time they got home. Hahaha... And I bet that was quite a motivator to get the kids out.

      Times have certainly changed. There aren't that many kids on the street, and it seems kind of sad.

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  13. I can't get enough of the Monster Mash. Thanks for posting it.
    Your photos are precious.
    Happy Halloween, Martha.
    xoRobyn

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    1. It's an addictive song that just kicks playing in your head over and over and over again!

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  14. Love the pics Martha. Happy Halloween!! :)

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    1. Thanks! Feeling kind of nostalgic lately! Must be that time of year...

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  15. I have the same feeling about Halloween. Times go by very quickly.

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  16. Hi Martha! Happy Halloween. Love the photos of Halloween's past. I have my son's up on the bookcase for today. The scarecrow, the scream, the garbage heap (Fraggle Rock), and so on. :D I miss those days. We don't get trick or treaters here because we live so far out in the country. However, this year, it's raining so hard and some places are having so much rain, wind and hail that Halloween has been cancelled! :( We celebrated by having a big yummy meal, leaving some sweets I made on the front porch for the spirits, and then we'll have fresh made apple and pumpkin desserts (I went a little bit overboard tonight) with some fresh whip cream. Oh my gosh, that's at least seven hours on the treadmill. LOL Happy Halloween!

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    1. Wow, sounds like a wonderful feast! I hope you enjoyed every bit of it. Sometimes we need to treat ourselves like that...even if it does require hours on the treadmill..hahaha...

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  17. That must have been a lot of fun Martha when the kids were young! Looks like you enjoyed it!

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    1. It was a lot of fun! I had a great time with the kids.

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  18. You are all so darn cute! My husband and I trade off years of door duty! My hubby has it this year. Happy Halloween!

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    1. We used to do that, and now we've gotten lazy about it. Maybe next year. Or the year after. We'll see.

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  19. I had the candy but no one came knocking.

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  21. Now that my kids are too old for going out on Halloween, I model myself after some of the elderly people in our neighbourhood where I grew up (not saying that we're elderly!). Their doors were always open and welcoming with some little bit of decoration but not much. They were always so happy to see each child or young teenager at their door. This year I did hand out treats and we had some kids come to the door. I do know that parents drive their kids to the new subdivisions to do the trick or treating because that's where the money is and they have so-called better treats. Love the pictures and it does cause some nostalgia for times past. Thanks, Martha for posting this.

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    1. I've lost some of my spirit for the holiday over the years. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because the girls are too old for it and it saddens me. Who knows. But I've always enjoyed the holiday and expect that I'll get back into it again. I enjoy seeing the kids dressed up, and the excitement on their face when you give them treats.

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