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Halloween [Oct. 31st, 2008|09:52 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

I had, to the dollar, used up my grocery budget for the month. But I went to the grocery store this evening anyway, because I wanted to have Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters. I got two big bags of Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Roll-related candy.

I put the candy in a big bowl by the door. I turned on all the lights at my place. I lit the candles in the window. I lit the jack o' lantern I carved yesterday and put him in the window, too. It started getting dark out. I sat on the couch with my coffee and my theory homework and a Tootsie Roll Pop, and I waited for the kids to come.

Nobody came.

It's nothing personal. I think that kids just don't come to apartment buildings. But, dammit, I was hoping to at least get a couple.

If Alex oniugnip were here, here is what we would do. First, we would put on our black ski masks and black clothes. (If we didn't have black ski masks, we would get them.) Then we would put the candy in bags and ride our bikes to the library, where there would be a hundred undergrads working in the 24-hour Information Commons on Halloween night. We would dash inside and run around at top speed, throwing candy on everyone's desk, never saying a word. No one would know who we were, because of our ninja outfits. (No one would know who we were anyway. The ninja outfits are nevertheless crucial.) And then we'd dash out again. It would be awesome and hilarious.

What happened instead was that I took the candy over here to Lindley Hall and put it in a basket on the Free Stuff table with a "Free candy! Please have some!" sign, where it will be picked at over the next two or three weeks. And in a few hours Mint is going to send me mail telling me that I exceeded my monthly grocery budget by $7.79. And that will have been Halloween 2008.

Next year, love...


[User Picture]From: deepdistraction
2008-11-01 03:29 am (UTC)
Nice carving job! But (sigh) join the club of would-be Halloween hosts. I blame parents too chicken to let their kids knock on strange doors, even with a buddy, even with dad hovering in the background, ready to protect and defend.
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[User Picture]From: sonetka
2008-11-01 04:24 am (UTC)
I'm sorry - we're in the same boat, if it helps (except that I'm not as selfless as you, because we are EATING the damn candy). I really think it's an apartment thing, and it's especially stupid in our case because we have one of those apartments where it's direct-access from outside - it's not like they'd even have to go inside a hallway or anything like that. You'd think that kids would love having twelve doors to knock on in a relatively small space, but apparently there's an anti-apartment prejudice deeply ingrained into them (or their parents). Not ours at least, though - Daniel did his first ever evening trick-or-treat rounds with Andrew this evening and while the neighbourhood is mostly houses, apartments weren't skipped :). He came back with a truly shocking amount of candy and a glint in his eye that said he was going to remember this day for a LONG time ...
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-11-01 05:31 pm (UTC)
Hooray for Daniel's first trick-or-treating! (And never fear, I took a good handful of candy for myself.)

I guess I can't blame parents for not taking their kids to my building, because it's mostly undergrads who live here, and they're perhaps less likely to welcome trick-or-treaters (although that's silly, too). And the side of the street I live on doesn't have sidewalk, so anyone coming through the neighborhood on foot probably stuck to the other side.
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[User Picture]From: kel_e_o
2008-11-01 05:34 am (UTC)
My Halloween wasn't so great either. We didn't have any trick-or-treaters. I watched The Strangers and part of Ernest Scared Stupid before I decided that I wanted to go to sleep.

BUT I am not asleep. Why? Because our downstairs neighbors threw a Halloween crunkapalooza that is shaking the very bed on which I sit writing this. Ugh.
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[User Picture]From: kel_e_o
2008-11-01 05:35 am (UTC)
P.S. I think you're quite right about your plans + Alex tonight. That makes me wish that I would have had an Alex in my Halloween too.
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2008-11-01 07:23 am (UTC)
Aw. You should have come with!

We went to this really great party over on Argonne -- danced and danced to the crunk music. Man, I love crunk. You can't turn it up loud enough...
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-11-01 05:33 pm (UTC)
You could have had an Alex in your Halloween! (How about having an Alex in your Thanksgiving?)
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