It's evening.

I'm tired.

I had a long day.  As usual.

I don't want anything to do with other people in my face.

When I go home, the thing I want most is to be left alone.

Who made the rule that I have to greet hoards of kids who come to my door wanting candy?

Is it good for kids to take candy from strangers?

Is it good to reward kids with unhealthy candies, rewarding them for what?   Give them atherosclerosis, diabetes, and cavities?

Every year it's the same.  We buy bags of candies we would not otherwise buy, give away 1/2 of it, and have the rest to eat, not wanting to, or throw away.

I thought about several things to do.

Like hide at the back of the house with the lights off.

Or buy a loaf of multigrain, whole grain bread and give each kid a slice.  Very healthy!

Or have a nice big bowl, filled with little broccoli heads, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts, and carrots.  They could pick which the wanted.  Also very healthy!

Or but up a sign stating "Quarantine!   Influenza, meningitis, and flesh eating bacteria"

Finally, I put a sign on the front door, stating "Sorry!!  No candy!  I'm Sick  :-( "

So far it's been quiet.

I'm a grouchy old man.

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Sentient, what does Ning think of halloween?

Spud, Ning usually works evenings so leaves me to deal with it. This year he went to the country place with the excuse that his chickens needed to be checked.

Usually he thinks any holiday is good, at least for time off work. He likes to go along with them. If its a holiday that involves pumpkin pie he likes it regardless of the origin of the occasion.

I'm glad Halloween isn't very popular here, it's quiet, except for one: "We bring jesus." Answer: "Yes, put him next to the garbage bin." Quiet is priceless! How else could we stand all the nonsense?

Great response!

I actually love holidays, and Halloween is one of my favorites. This year we didn't have the money to get enough candy for how many rug rats would be by (spent it all on ourselves going to haunted houses,) so we turned off our porch light and all the lights upstairs and went down to the basement to watch horror movies. Didn't get a single knock.

It is nice to have that option and the kids respect it. There was a little bit of mischief of broken pumpkins in the neighborhood, and I am sure they are not from this street. Our kids don't do things like that. 

I suppose I could be called naive. 

Apparently, half my sister's kids' pumpkins were stolen while the family was out trick or treating.

I might be wrong, but I've always understood that the agreed upon cultural rule for Haloween is: "If the porch light is out, don't knock. If it is on, come and get some candy." At least that's what I taught my son.

Maybe there should be a constitutional amendment, so we all know our roles and responsiblities in modern society.  It makes more sense than some amendments I've seen.

You threw out Tootsie-Rolls?!  You should be put in jail. 

And that's where bubble gum belongs, in my opinion.

I don't care for bubble gum either.  Glad to hear the Tootsie-Rolls were eaten. 

Tootsie-Rolls in the mouth.  Good.


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