Posted by: Calvin | October 27, 2007

Happy Halloween!

We LOVE Halloween at our house!  In fact our whole neighborhood loves Halloween.  The street that we have lived on for the last 13 years has a mix of families and retirees, year round and seasonal residents.  Amidst the run of the mill Americans up and down the block, we have neighbors across the street from Scotland, neighbors on one side from Wales and on the other side from England.  Each year at least one of our UK neighbors is here to join the festivities (this year two UK houses are full).  Aparently, our American traditions are a bit excessive by comparison to those in the UK, but a great time will be had by all.

On Halloween, we have a street party in Garage Guy and GM’s driveway across the street.  Many neighbor’s join in the fun.  We also are joined by a few famlies that live in other more remote neighborhoods but choose to join our annual festivities.  As we all come together from our various busy and not so busy days, we eat pizza or Garage Guy’s famous spaghetti, then decorate the Mule (a dump truck version of a golf cart) and the trailer behind it with spiders, webs and plastic snakes.  (We used to line the trailer with hay until we realized that MoJo was allergic to hay.  Now we use bags of mulch that get spread around the yard after the party is long over.)  After dinner, as dusk darkens the day and the ghosts and goblins come out to beg for tricks and treats, the young families with kids load up in the Mule and its trailer to trick-or-treat about the hood.  As we go, we may also pick up new freinds who ask to join us along the way.  Meanwhile, the more seasoned neighbors, whose kids now have kids trick-or-treating elsewhere in the world, stay behind to pass out the street’s treats from the candy buffet.   The candy bowls from many homes are lined up on the driveway before those who stay behind.  Trick-or-treaters need only take a small step from one bowl to the next to cover most of the street.  A couple of other neighbors prefer a quiet night at home.  One partiular couple patiently awaits the visits from the kids from our street so they can wow them with movie size candy! 

It does not take the kids long to fill their bags from our favorite streets in the hood.  One favorite street has their own block party and candy buffet, another street has several houses in a row decorated like a haunted village complete with fog machines and our most favorite street has a house at the end of their cul-de-sac with teenage boys who hide in the bushes so they can jump out at the unsuspecting beggars as they approach or leave their door.  Every year they manage to scare even those who know what to expect!  We save that house for last then laugh all the way home.

Our Halloween night is magically fraught with tradition and neighborly friendship.  That is why we love Halloween!

What Your Halloween Habits Say About You
You are an outgoing person who’s a bit of a showoff. It’s likely that you dress up for Halloween every year.You definitely think of yourself as someone who has a dark side. And part of having that dark side means not showing it.Your inner child is stubborn and a bit bossy.You truly fear the dark side of humanity. You are a true misanthrope.You’re logical, rational, and not easily effected. Not a lot scares you… especially when it comes to the paranormal.You are a traditionalist with most aspects of your life. You like your Halloween costume to be basic, well made, and conventional enough to wear another year.What’s Your Halloween Personality?


  1. I used to love Halloween. This year, I don’t have much spirit for it. I didn’t put out any decorations. TTing in my neighborhood often involves the neighborhood snots children riding around on their golf carts or motorized scooters.

  2. Have fun tomorrow night! Your neighborhood sounds great. We have lots of kids and nice people with good candy, but nothing quite as elaborate as you describe!

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