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Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Halloween

Time for the obligatory cuteness that sugar shocks us all on the days following Halloween. (Because it couldn't possibly be those two dozen Snickers bars I snuck from the Tongginator's stash. Because I totally wouldn't do that. Because that would be dishonest. And kinda immature. And, seeing as how I'm a momma, I'm supposed to avoid immaturity.)

I'm kinda limited with this post because, frankly, I don't have all that many stories this year. Which feels extremely weird, especially since last Halloween we dealt with an Edvard Munch Scream zombie look-alike and I narrowly avoided introducing Sarah Palin to The Bird. Plus, we were booed. This year? No one booed us. (I know! What is WITH people? I'm *sniff, sniff* so hurt.) Neither did the Tongginator freak out looking at any of the scary Halloween costumes or decorations. And we managed to avoid any and all front porch drama.

So, all in all, a pretty boring holiday compared with past Halloweens. I totally should have allowed the Tongginator to wear the costume she wanted to wear. Because the Tongginator as Medusa? Would have provided much blog fodder. Instead I convinced her to go for her second choice, the ever-ubiquitous Princess. Named Jenny. (And no, I have No Idea where she arrived at the name Jenny.) Alas, the Tongginator was simply one among the crowd. But at least her head piece wasn't eating people or hissing.


And she managed to add a little Tongginator swagger to an otherwise elegant ensemble. She likes to call this her Fierce Walk. As I'm sure y'all already knew.

Our only excitement for the night? Happened on my neighbor Apple's front porch. About 15 seconds after I shot this photo.


Amid the Halloween Hysteria that typically descends upon otherwise well-mannered children, the Tongginator somehow ended up nudged off of Apple's front porch, suffering the indignity of falling into and sitting atop some bushes, with no way to push herself out of their Evil Clutches. And no, I did NOT get a photo. Shame on you for even asking that.

But only because that question totally makes me feel like a bad blogger. (Darn it.)

The candy is already pretty much gone, but only because the very famous Candy Fairy likes to stop by our place on Halloween Night, trading piles of candy for a much-desired gift. I thought the husband and I were Absolutely Brilliant for writing to the Candy Fairy until Fin and Nemo's momma Dory told me their Evil And Nefarious Plot. In order to help their children avoid lugging such Heavy Candy Bags around, Dad Marlin plans the route with care, creating many convenient stops at their house to lighten the candy load. The girls don't pay much attention to their piles, since they're already thinking about the next run. So the candy? That delicious candy the girls worked so hard for? Much of it gets recycled right out their front door when other trick-or-treaters appear.

Like I said... Absolutely Brilliant.

So what do y'all do with the overload of sweets and tarts and all things chocolate?

35 comments:

bbmomof2boys said...

I only took Little T around 1 block. She loves running up to the door and say "tictet"! A few of our neighbors were actually waiting on her. They NEVER participate during Halloween but this year they wanted to make sure that she got some candy! Awwww....how sweet!

Oh...and the overload? With a 16 yr old in the house it disappears pretty quickly!

Hugs,
Carla

Love Letters To China said...

We had a lot of parties to attend, so any "extra" goodies went into our bowl to give out on the official night. We are overloaded with mini chocolates... I limit what the kids are allowed to eat and need to do the same for my husband! ;o) I think it's time to send a giant bag to my husband's office for adult consumption.

A Beautiful Mess said...

I would have loved to have seen the Medusa costume:) Maybe next year!

As for the candy...My kids tend to hoard it and still have it come easter! I eat the almond joys.

happygeek said...

IT all gets dumped into one big pile. Then we sort.
All the gum and hard non-powdery candy goes into our Samaritans' Purse shoeboxes. Daddy makes off with the rockets (smarties for y'all) for year long consumption and I freeze all the chocolate bars for special treats throughout the year.
The gummy stuff, well it gets used as special treats later. We've never regraded it as "their" candy, but rather belonging to the whole family and they don't even blink an eye when I take it and sort it for future use.

Tonggu Grammy said...

happygeek, that's brilliant about saving the gum and hard candy for Samaritan's Purse shoe boxes! And I absolutely love the Evil and Nefarious plot of Dory and Marlin. Too bad I didn't think of it when you were growing up in base housing where there was so much candy the dentists were overbooked for years.

La-La-Liene said...

Reading my blog you know what E & E did. Wish I had some funny story about it, but I don't.

The Tongginator as Medusa would've been really cool. There's always next year.

jen@odbt said...

My daughter went as Josephine (but that's only b/c the catalog named the costume). Our candy sits in bags for about a week, then gets transferred to a community bowl then goes to my husband's work. So what did Tongginator trade for?

Aus said...

Well - we did similar costumes this year - and we didn't have many unique 'guests' either - well - there were a group of neighbor girls (8 of them) dresses as a box of crayons (clever) and a basketball ref wearing dark glasses and carrying the red tipped cane - got me to laugh. As for the candy - it's one of those days where we throw all caution to the wind and PIG OUT!! Everybody shares and pretty much by the time we go to bed we've run thru most of it!

One of the nice things about being older parents - we can deal with a sugar binge once in a while!

hugs - aus and co.

The Hickels said...

When the kids got home on Halloween night, they sorted out anything from their personal stash that they wouldn't eat...it went into the community bowl to either hand out at the door or to be eaten without guilt by the parents. They are allowed one piece for dessert after lunch and again after dinner from their personal stash this week, but next Saturday night it all becomes community property (not that Dad doesn't view it all as free game right now). Love the idea about Samaritan's Purse!

Dita said...

I knew there was somethin' 'bout you that spoke deeply to me....you and I both share a Snickers addiction/affliction!

Love the Princess Jenny costume. She is such a trip...just like her Mama!

Kim K. said...

Don't even get me started on the sheer volume of candy that has been left over at our house from our BIG party. I begged my husband to take it to his school and dump it off in the teacher's lounge. Call me weak. I would have loved to have seen Medusa on your blog. Hugs!

Aunt LoLo said...

We got exactly 5 trick or treaters at our front door, in one small group. I was bathing the kids when they arrived, so Lo Gung went to answer the door. Of course he couldn't remember where he had stuck the Halloween candy, so he grabbed Siu Jeun's candy bucket and let the kids dig through that.

So...to be perfectly clear, NOT ONE TRICK OR TREATER touched our Costco-sized bag of Hershey goodness. But I can't return it. On Friday night, as payment for leaving a Halloween party at church (at 8:30 pm) BEFORE the trunk or treating portion even started, Lo Gung popped the bag open and filled BBJ's bucket with candy. (which I then snuck back out after she went to bed.)

But now we have 15 pounds of chocolate, hiding in Siu Jeun's closet. And nobody knows it's there but me. Oy.

day by day said...

my little ones are allowed one piece after lunch and one after dinner. they always forget about their pile in a week or so and then it is up for grabs by all of us big people. hee hee!

~Michelle

Bangs said...

We will be sending our extra candy to our armed forces to send overseas to soliders in active combat zones. The eat some and give some out to local children.

I am Canadian, but there is the same program in the US through Operation Gratitude.
http://www.opgratitude.com/howtohelp.php?page=individual

(Half way down the page under #3.)

Kristi said...

My kids didn't make out with that much candy this year, so we're going under the "eat as much as you want" for a few days (no upset stomachs yet) and then drop to a piece after lunch or after dinner in place of dessert. Our stash should be gone in a couple weeks.

But I'm loving the "re-gifting" idea...

Rachel@just another day in paradise said...

we're still in the funny stage with Kady. She announced she was ready to go "happy trickin'!" Probably cuter now than in, say, 15 years. . .

Myrnie said...

Despite some local hoodlums, Ernie came home with LOADS of candy. Am I the only one that keeps the candy in the pantry until it's gone? Yeah. We just eat it :) Cute costume!

LaLa said...

She is adorable...we have a TON of candy. Annslee trick or treated for over 3 hours!! Mark counted how many kids came to our house and it was over 120!

Patty O. said...

It's dishonest and immature to eat candy from the kids' bags? Hmmmm....I just considered it payment for all the hard work on their costumes, not to mention laboring for days to birth the kids. I mean, really, a few dozen candy bars is the LEAST they could give me. : )

We too have recycled the candy, especially this year, because apparently I didn't buy enough. I also sometimes send it to Bil's work, which i may have to do tomorrow, because the kids are sneaking more and more candy and not eating their lunch.

Gail said...

Hey! I just finished off 2 of those mini Snickers bars right before I read your post. Got to de-tox off the stuff. I think I'm worse than my kids about the candy. Anyway, after they get tired of the sweet stuff which happens pretty quickly, I put it in a big bag and give it to Dan to take to work or throw the yucky candy away. And now we are starting the high calorie season...it's never ending.

Would have loved to see the Tonginnator as Medusa! cool!

Lisa (Briana's Mom) said...

Sounds like a fun Halloween! Though I am extremely bummed you didn't get that picture. :)

Luckily, my little one has kind of forgotten about the candy already. She is more interested in the act of getting it than the act of eating it all. I have a feeling I'll be giving a bunch away or it will end up on my hips. Did you know that Halloween candy actually calls my name at night. It does, I swear.

Jboo said...

Such a cutie -- sorry she fell or was pushed!

Maddy and her friend recycled their candy to trick or treaters when we ran out -- but I never said they could give away all the chocolate!
Have a fun week!

Janet

Sharie said...

Amelia is SO not into candy - her bag sat untouched ALL day yesterday. It wasn't until I tripped on it tonight that she remembered it. We took out what she didn't want and I will take it to work tomorrow. The rest we put in the "candy basket" on the counter which is always there (yes I'm one of "those" moms).
My niece and nephew love it when they come over.
I actually told Amelia that I didn't think I bought enough candy for trick or treaters and that I would need to take some from her basket (which I did) and she said, "OK" - my sister said if I would have told her if I was going to take her broccoli stash it would have been another story:)

a little leprechaun said...

I wondered if she would be a butterfly or a Princess. She went the Princess route! Very cute!! Love the fierce walk! Bummer about the bush! Glad it didn't hamper her spirit!

Love the recyling ideas for the candy! Brilliant!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

That is a brilliant idea!! I have a major basket here and I need to unload it. My kids are really good about it.....they don't overindulge, probably because I have been known to keep sweets in the house:) But it is not them I am worried about........it is me. Where is my willpower???? GONE, GONE, GONE!!

The Tongginator looked beautiful as the princess Jenny.....sorry to here about her run in with the bush...poor girl!

Hope you all have a great week!

Lisa

discombobulated said...

Doesn't really look like Halloween since Miss T dresses like that ALL THE TIME.

The candy recycle is HILARIOUS!

Annie said...

After the kids go to bed, that candy is fair game!!!! LOL!!!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Love that dress, so sweet... as for us... we sat in our driveway handing out candy, eat one, hand one out, eat one... we can do that... but just wait until we have Shauna next year... her father will be raiding her bag all the time :)
Sorry it has been a while in dropping by... life is crazy of late...
I am a bad girl, I know... take care...

Leslie said...

Great dress!!! OMg i cant keep out of that candy im ready to through it out the window! lol

Suzy said...

We have one trick or treater and 4 people in this house. Do the math. And my husband? Well, he sorted the loot into: cheap plastic toys, chocolate, fruit flavored sugary stuff, and "other". LOL.

The Source said...

We don't trick-or-treat any more since all of mine think they're too OLD for that. But here's what we've done in years past:

Have them dump their candy on the kitchen table, sort through it looking for any evidence of razor blades, poison, opened stuff...and then...

let them eat all they can stuff in their mouths. Whenever they feel like it.

Because they don't get candy often throughout the rest of the year. And it usually takes them less than 48 hours to snark it all down. Then there's no more candy to deal with.

This year? Since no one went out begging for junk...I went to Wal-Mart and bought some chocolate. We pigged out while watching Jaws.

pickel said...

Because AJ can't eat much of his it gets divided into two piles...one for me and one for him. He never complains.

Janet said...

We don't do Halloween, so it's pretty easy for me. Other than all that half priced chocolate at the store, calling my name the day after.....that's just mean. They should take it away immediately.

As for Fin and Nemo's parents? That is utterly brilliant and i plan to pass it on to my heathen friends. (inside joke. All in good fun. :-) We just have different ideas. They're not really heathen. But I do LOVE to tease them. Don't worry, they call me a social misfit, etc. It's all good.)

justgerbil said...

We only went to about a dozen houses... just enough for Short Stuff to enjoy the concept, not enough to get tired and soaked with the rain.


And our candy is being used as bribe - er INCENTIVES for toilet training.

LucisMomma said...

I love that she is "Jenny." My DD dressed as Sleeping Beauty but wanted everyone to call her "Lizzie McGuire"--I guess as the ultimate disguise?? Pretty funny for a very new 5 yo.

As for the candy, we kept some (she didn't get tons) and we sent most to Dad in Afghanistan.