Now that fall has begun, stores are putting up Christmas decorations. This means, of course, that Halloween decorations have been up for weeks now. This week, good old All Hallows’ Eve is our topic.
But first, there are two important orders of business.
The first involves a few reader requests. This week, I am not going to force a “jump” into this week’s edition, meaning that the full post will appear on the front page. I received a couple of comments last week that adding the break that forces readers to go to the full page adds an extra step. I’m not sure that’s true, because regardless of whether the full questions are posted on the front page or not, you still must go to the individual post’s page to leave your comment. But I may well be missing something because I’m this site’s administrator and I see things you don’t…so please let me know if it works any differently this week.
The second order of business is to announce that Cassie of “Memaholic” was first to play last week. Congratulations, Cassie!
Here are this week’s “Saturday Six” questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your journal…but either way, leave a link to your journal so that everyone else can visit! To be counted as “first to play,” you must be the first player to either answer the questions in a comment or to provide a complete link to the specific entry in your journal in which you answer the questions. A link to your journal in general cannot count. Enjoy!
1. When do you buy candy for local trick-or-treaters?
At the last minute. I used to buy “the good stuff” earlier, but just found I or my wife would eat it. That's not good for us. Now I buy the cheap stuff. No one ever comes round, anyway, so I just throw it out the next day.
2. When you buy Halloween candy (or if you were to buy it), would you be more likely to buy lower-priced candy that you didn’t particularly care for or candy you like that happened to cost a little more?
Seems I anticipated you with my answer above...
3. If you were in a mood for a scary movie to watch on Halloween night, which would you select?
I'm not into scary movies. At all. Life is scary enough, thank you. So I'd probably choose a suspense film by Hitchcock like Rear Window.
4. Take the quiz: What should you be for Halloween? Stupid quiz alert:
Your Halloween Costume Should Be
5. Should trick-or-treating be regulated so that it is held on non-school nights and during hours that might help children avoid dangerous travel hours?
No. Mrs. Grundy certainly has a bug up her ass if she's lobbying for that nonsense, doesn't she?
6. How do you feel about some churches scheduling “fall festivals” to replace Halloween because of the holiday’s dark origin?
To each their own. I went by one of those this past weekend at the local Baptist “Big Box.” I have to laugh, though, if holding an outdoor gathering in Maine a month before Halloween during the daytime was meant to be a substitute for little moppets in mufti traipsing around the neighborhood in the evening's gloom, screeching “Trick or Treat!” Somehow, I think the kids will be able to discern the difference.
When I was of “trick or treating” age, I was living on a dairy farm in the country at the edge of a small hamlet. That didn't stop a bunch of us from trudging, literally for miles, from 4:30 until our curfew (the latest I recall was 9:00 on a school night) with a pillow case in tow, along with the two younger brothers, seeking delicious swag and a chance to deploy the big brown bag of cow shit and newspapers we'd brought along, just in case someone preferred a “trick” rather than caving into our extortion, er, screamed demands for “treats.” We'd often accumulate a pound or two of candy, fruit, maple sugar popcorn balls, or slices of cake or pie wrapped in foil. This was before the foolishness with inserting pins in apples, etc. Such a shame that my kids missed out on the homemade goodies. Even worse that kids today must be escorted by the candy police, armed adults who scrutinize each piece of plunder for god knows what. Let's see YOU light off a bag of shit on someone's porch with that kind of surveillance on you.
Go ahead, I dare you. Just remember I am armed, dangerous, and have no qualms about shooting children and their limp-wristed mommies or daddies in the gut. I so prefer a gut shot in those circumstances... painfully gooey.