My favourite quotes from Halloweens-past have got to be:
“Could I have money instead?”
And, “I don’t like those sweets. Have you got any other ones?”
[I mean, seriously, do I look like a pick’n’mix store?]
Then this morning, my overexcited youngest son and his best mate sung a little ditty to me:
Give me all your yummy sweets! (repeat)
I really hope they’re politer than that when they go knocking on doors tonight, seeking their annual candy windfall.
– Give away something other than candy (bags of sand, empty water bottles, golf balls, packs of oatmeal).
– Get everyone who comes to the door to come in and see if they can figure out what’s wrong with your washing machine. Tell them it makes a strange banging noise and your maid’s away.
– Stick a ‘Beware of the Lion’ sign on your door.
– Install a motion sensor that turns off the porch light every time a festively dressed child approaches.
– Hand out menus to the trick-or-treaters with pencils and let them order their candy by candlelight. Give them a bill at the end. Any complaints – throw your hands in the air, shrug and say, inshallah.
– Answer the door dressed as a dentist and give out toothbrushes. Treat them to a lecture about tooth decay.
– Get about 30 people to wait in your living room. When older kids come trick-or-treating in their normal clothes, say, “Come in.” When they do, have everyone yell, “Surprise!!!” Act like it’s a surprise party.
Happy Halloween everyone!