Thursday, October 30, 2008

Confession Time

I hate Halloween.

Okay ... that might be a bit of an exaggeration. I don't mind the costumes at all, love that my mom has made several of kiddo's over the years, and don't exactly hate trunk or treating. I loved trick or treating as a kid, but man ... Get it all done in one fell swoop? Tons of candy in 30 minutes, my feet don't hurt, AND there's free donuts and cider/hot chocolate at the stake center pavilion (which is close enough to walk to?)? WOOO!

What I hate? BOO-ing. Despise it. It's like a sugary popularity contest gone very wrong. If you *want* to give Halloween treats, that's great. Give some to people you like and don't tell anyone. But accompanying it with a "cute" poem obligating the receiver to give treats out as well and a picture to post on your door? I *hate* that. I hate being one of the last *every* year to get Boo'd. It used to make kiddo cry, especially the year we moved here and we weren't boo'd until Halloween itself -- and even then, it wasn't until someone asked if we'd been Boo'd and lost our picture and we had to say no. I think they felt sorry for us or something because we were Boo'd that night. I don't know if people just don't like us or if it's just because we live in the back of the complex, but we're usually one of the last to get Boo'd. This year was the worst as far as receiving said obligation though: Two days before Halloween with a cranky 3-month old and blepharitis in my left eye, and a HYPER 9-year-old (it only *just* occurred to me she's hyper because it's almost Halloween, derf).

The treats we got were cute though: Bite-sized brownies made in a muffin pan with pumpkin-shaped peppermint patties baked into the tops. Huh.

Our people got Halloween candy. laws.


evitafjord said...

Reason #1 that even though in theory I'd like to move back to Utah, it's probably not a good idea - I so wouldn't fit in with the popularity contests (and I'm pretty sure there are a BUNCH of them). A popularity contest out of Booing? :-( Here we live too far away from each other to know who has been Boo'd, but we also do it without the obligation - just treat and dash. Especially because I usually don't remember until Halloween day that I was thinking about doing it in the first place.

evitafjord said...

I do hate Halloween though. That's just cuz I hate it though.

stewbert said...

Popularity contest: Just because of the stupid ghost on the door -- if you just treat and run, then you don't know who gets done first or at all, and it wouldn't be a "thing" to the kids or the gr'ups. that is particularly what drives me crazy -- kids thinking people don't like them because they have no ghost on our door. stoopid!

I don't think it necessarily is meant to be that way, but that is how it is.

I forgot I was going to start it at the back end of the complex this year on 10/1 and make sure none of us back here were left for last. I was busy.

evitafjord said...

Busy?? Hmm, doing what ;-)?

That is a good idea though. Or just boo yourself early on and get it over with (and someone else for the fun of it).

stewbert said...

lol. you KNOW what. :P

yep -- that was the plan. Myself and 5 of my nearest neighbors. Maybe I'll get to it next year ...

Cupcake said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates halloween, its just not fun.