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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 10/25/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I know this is off topic . . . but I think we all need a little "pick-me-up". I saw this topic on the Crohn's board and thought it might be fun.

We don't do a lot for halloween . . . but we do have some fun with the grands. Every Fall we buy a great big Hubbard Squash (30 lbs !!!). Those babies are HUGE. I pay $5 and it's worth the fun. One day when the grands are visiting, we each lift it and take a guess at the weight. This year it was 30 lbs. Then we take it outside, sweep the sidewalk and the littlest one gets to drop it. Its the only way we can break the squash!! Its too hard to cut. The kids find this a blast . . . then each one takes turn dropping the squash till it breaks. Next we use a couple big spoons and scoop out the seeds to bake them (more fun!). Then we carefully drop the big pieces till they are manageable size. We cook the squash and make a couple pies (better than pumpkin!) and we share the pieces to take home. I love squash even when it is simply steamed for 15 minutes in the microwave. You scrape it out of the shell and sprinkle with nutmeg . . . its a real treat.

So the grands usually put together their costumes here because we have boxes of stuff in the attic to dress them up. They sometimes gather some of their supplies at the local GoodWill or Thrift stores too.

This year we are handing out little cans of PlayDoe . . . I'll probably get some candy or chips to go with it . . . but I can't buy it ahead of time . . . because it calls my name from the other room!!! LOL and I'll eat it before the 31st !!!

This year we also have a grandbaby due on Oct. 30.

I hope you'll share your Halloween traditions!!

Blessings!

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Baybreeze
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   Posted 10/25/2008 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

That sounds like such a wonderful tradition you have with your family! It's always great to look forward to something like that, especially for the kids.

I personally don't really have any Halloween traditions, except for the usual giving out candy. When I was a kid and teen, though, all my friends and sister's friends would come to my house and my father would put all of our make-up on, since he is very artistic. He made our faces look great and usually scary. I don't have any children; I have one sister who had a baby, but that niece is only 16 months old so she isn't aware of Halloween yet. But I know it will be fun when she gets older and I'm sure my sis will have some traditions for her. My mother, though, always counts every person that comes to the door....every year.

That's a great idea to hand out Play-doe instead of candy. I've thought about getting something other than candy, but for me right now, would be too expensive.

Pre-congradulations on your soon-to-be grandbaby!!!


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   Posted 10/25/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   

That sounds like a blast with the grand kids Rosie, congrats. on the new one to come. I hope it all goes well. I just had my 4th grandaughter last month. 4 girls 0 boys so far. I WANT A BOY. lol. Don't think it will happen though.

Anyway what we have been doing for halloween is the church gets together and we put together games like they have at the fair. Like ring toss and throwing darts at balloons. all kind of games like that. Than the youth does little skits. Nothing real drastic. We have hot dogs and chips. Hay rides, door prizes. and it's nice because the kids are off the streets. Everyone of course gets candy every time they play a game.

That's what we normally do. However this year is the first year in this town and the church is still real small so it would be too much of an under taking. Maybe next year. This year I think it will just behanding out candy to all the little grimlins. All my grandbabies live in different states so I won't be seeing them. cry Hopfully I will at least get some pics of their costumes.

let us know when you have that G-baby!


 
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   Posted 10/25/2008 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Halloween is very special in our house. I can't explain why because the truth is people judge too easy especially on hot button issues like religion and politics and such. I like being able to interact here and prefer to keep it simple. This year we will be seeing the girls and dressing Alexander up as a bunny. The girls will take him trick or treating for a short time then go out with their friends. I am hoping hubby and I can catch a movie, I figure I know who to ask to baby sit so we can have a date. Then we will drive home for our own private celebration of the day. I hope this year will be even more special than usual because of Alexander and the fact we are seeing some improvement in my current condition.
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   Posted 10/25/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Rosie, Love your Halloween. You need to share your recipe for the pie!!! Growing up out in the country we didn't do halloween. But when my son was little I would take him around and loved it. After he was grown, I loved when all the neighor's little ones would come by. My dad passed away several years ago on halloween and this is the first year since that I've gotten any candy to pass out. Hopefully I won't eat it all before then. lol
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   Posted 10/25/2008 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
We live in the mountains of North GA. A kid could walk 5 miles and only get to hit two houses, so the city has trick-or-treating downtown. Local businesses set up tables and hand out candy, there's food, music and costume contests. It's always such fun!!!

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   Posted 10/25/2008 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh wow!! This is fun!!

Thanks for all the well wishes on the new grand!! I'll post when she arrives.

The pie is same as the pie on the Libby's Pumpkin can . . . I just use any orange squash (acorn, pie pumplin, hubbard, etc.)

Carol . . . I hope you get to see pics of the grands!! Maybe they'll email some pics to you!!

Old Hippy . . . I'm glad you are able to participate again in Halloween activities . . . that must be really hard. I bet your dad would smile!!!

Redrose . . . . *phewwwwww* sounds like a really busy night for you! Be careful you don't dupe your good progress . . . I bet Alexander will be a little sweet pea in his bunny costume!!

The Play-Doh is in tiny cans and it was way inexpensive (I spent less than $4 and I have 24 cans) . . . so not bad. We don't get many knocks at the door anymore . . . so its easier to buy stuff.

One year, I made a ridiculously simple costume for myself. I wore an old cloak which I brought up over my head. I took a baby-doll and sat her on my head and used a coat hanger to balance her on my shoulders, so only her head was sticking out of the top of the cloak. It sounds dumb . . . but it is REALLY spooky! I sat in a chair outside, by the front steps and held a bowl of candy in my lap. It looked like a "dummy" sitting in the chair . . . and there was a note in the candy bowl, "please take one". When the teens walked up, I could here them snicker and they'd grab at the bowl for a big handful . . . well you should have seen them jump when I roared "HEY . . . one each!!" . . . . Then we'd all have a great laugh . . . but I sat really still when the little ones would approach . . . because it was actually too scary for them. Maybe I should revisit that costume . . . "Mwah-ah-ahhhhhhhhh!!!!"

One other tradition we had was getting the top off the pumpkin with great effort and sending the kids for another piece of newspaper so I could drop in a bag of candy and replace the top. When they'd return, I'd pretend to finally lift out the top and they would shriek at the candy stash inside!!! They always thought we chose the "Great Pumpkin". I'll have to try that on the grands . . . although they are probably way too smart for that trick.

Blessings!

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   Posted 10/26/2008 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the fun topic Rosie. It's fun hearing everyone's different and original plans

My dear grandmother died on Halloween and yet I recently learned that my son is going to be a father, so the circle of life has begun in my family. Babies have a special way of pulling us up, don't they.

My granddaughters will come down to our neighborhood to trick or treat this year. Dozens of kids come by, so my girls are real excited. A neighbor always has a barbeque and everyone is welcome, so that's where we'll all end up.

Your idea of play-doh is fantastic. I may try that this year. Like you, if I buy candy early on, you can count on me having to go back to the store to replace what I ate. So it's become a no-no around here. Happy to hear I'm not the only one.
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   Posted 10/26/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Some places if you wait and buy candy on the 31st, it's already on 1/2 price AND you don't get a chance to eat it all! smhair

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   Posted 10/26/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All:

We don't have a specific thing we do on Halloween. Nikita used to dress up and go out trick or treating. Now that she's almost 16 she's stopped going out. As for getting any kids that won't happen, we live on a street that only has 5 houses and the oldest kid is 15 yrs old.

I have to say we've never really do anything at all, it's just not a holiday we do to much. I'd like to share with you the one time I did dress up though. When I was pregnant with Nikita, Bill and I were going to a party and we needed to be dressed. Well here I am 6 months preggers with a big belly. Wasn't sure what to do, so I bought a purple x-large t-shirt, purple shorts and purple tights. We blew up balloons and attached the to the sweatshirt. I put green dye in my hair and I was a bunch of purple grapes. I even managed to win third place in the costume contest.

Anyway, thanks for sharing your family traditions and I hope you all enjoy your holiday with your families. Rosie and Pat congrats on the coming births of your grand children I know you must all be so so excited.

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   Posted 10/26/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
That's good, Barb...reminds me.

For those of you old enough, remember in the early '80's when the tylonal (i think that was the drug) capsules (red & white) were tampered with and 2-3 people died? It was national news & prompted the seal we now have on the tops of medicines & other products to show no tampering has been done...

That was all 6-8 weeks before the big Halloween party where I worked....I really, really wanted to go as a tylonal capsule - red shirt & white pants - but I chickened out as most people would see that as sick rather than as humor! <But walking around dressed as a moldy corpse isn't sick?? go figure!>

My very best costume, by far, was the flasher.... I got a flesh colored body suit (tights?) and sewed two baby bottle nipples over the tips of the breasts...and curly red ribbon down below. Then covered it with my long tan raincoat. I really only flashed people - didn't let them look long enough to see it wasn't real -- had a great time & got to be mysterious and wild for an evening....

That was the same year a friend of mine went as a mermaid--all she had up top was very elaborate body paint - then a nice long 'scaled' skirt that wandered of into a fish tail as it reached the floor.

Now they have these pop-up Halloween stores - we've enjoyed wandering into the ones around here and checking out all the electrical action figures - there is a life-sized corpse that crawls out toward you when it detects motion - and lots of others but that's my favorite....

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   Posted 10/26/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
We also do a fun night at church for the kids; with games, puppet shows, food, candy, etc. I do candy apples with my neices and nephews. And this year I am carving pumpkins with them. Should be interesting! Have fun! JUdy

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   Posted 10/26/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
One time hubby and I dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. Hubby wore a pair of jeans with suspenders and a thermal undershirt . . . but wore a granny gown over it. I attached a tail which I had made out of a dear hide . . . so it really looked like a wolf tail. The tail stuck out from under the gown and the tail wagged as he walked. He had the ears (also made from dear hide) sticking up from the granny cap. Granny glasses and his real beard completed the ensemble. It was fantastic!! We won first prize. Lots of fun.

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   Posted 10/27/2008 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
My 23 y/o daughter works at Neatherworld haunted house every year.  Last year it was voted top haunted house in the U.S.  In her favorite costume she has green body paint, black stiches all over her body and it's called Frankin Betty.  She did a Neatherworld event one summer as Frankin Betty and she had on a bikini with the rest of her body painted. A photographer submitted her photo to Jones Soda and she was put on their soda bottle labels for halloween! So cool cool !!  
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   Posted 10/27/2008 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
GET OUT!!! Wow!!

Hey . . .these stories are fun . . . keep em coming!!

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