Friday, October 31, 2008

Boo! (and sometimes Hoo.)

Once again, Halloween was one of those times when it became clear life is so much better with children. The excitement of seeing their friends, getting dressed up and eating candy seem to combine and yield pure joy. This year, Sam successfully walked up to the doors of neighborhood homes, knocked and gave the customary greeting. He got more than enough loot to fill his candy strip. William made it a few more houses than last year and then came home for bedtime. There were two minor fatigue-induced meltdowns but nothing that a little redirection couldn't resolve.

This year I got to pick the costumes again although I suspect this is short lived and Sam will probably have a strong idea of what he wants to be next year. Of all my ideas that met my criteria of being friendly, funny and cute, he chose to be a fireman. Poor Will was subjected to being his Dalmatian pal. One day I'm afraid he'll suffer an inferiority complex but for now, he was happy to go, "Unh, unh" when I asked him what noise a dog makes.

As promised last year, we laughed in the face of a bad economy and gave out full sized candy bars to all the kids who came to our door. A bit much some might think but Bob and I remember thinking a whole candy bar was really something special. Now that we're the grownups, we were glad to share that awe with all our little friends.


Christy said...

Sam is soo cute! He is looking so grown up. He is such a handsome boy.

I remember Bob being wooed by the full sized candy bars back when we used to talk about Halloween. It's funny that now he is "all grown up" he is able to fulfill his dream. ;)

Anonymous said...

Cole says: Full-size candy bars, I want to go to their house on Halloween!

Unknown said...

Here Chez Barry, we go with the full size candy bars as well, with the addition, the past couple of year, of the small Jones soda cans in fun Halloween inspired flavors. Those go faster than the full size candy bars.

I do that for the same reason you do...remembered awe at the full-size candy bars when I was a child. Interesting note....around these here parts, the full size skittles and starburst are more popular than the more chocolatey options. In fact, the super sour versions go first.

I feel that I am just doing my part to promote the economy by using the full size candy bars (candy makers, stockers at Target and Costco, dental hygenists, toothbrush makers and sellers, etc...!)

My question of the day.....What kind of candy goes fastest where you live?

Robert said...

The classic Hershey's seemed to be popular as did Twix. I am a fan of Twix personally (*2* bars per pack!) and Butterfinger is my favorite.

I can see where multi-item options like Skittles and Starburst would be popular. The fun lasts longer.

As a side note- we should do a cost comparison between giving out full-size candy bars vs. giving out "2 or 3" fun-size candy bars. I wouldn't be surprised if the overall cost was about the same. What do you think?

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