Fright night

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Trick or treating is big business round where we live – and on October 31 our street starts to resemble Hogwarts, with little witches and wizards everywhere. I always make sure I have a copious supply of sweets ready for the after-school candy-grabbers, the 5pm shift and the tea-time collectors. And of course every year we have a pumpkin on our doorstep with a nightlight inside to ward off evil spirits.

But last year we seemed to be deluged with BIG trick or treaters, hoardes of teenage Hermiones and Harry's. Some of them wore Scream masks (slighly scary in the dark, actually), some weren't even in costume and I began to feel as though we were being Halloween mugged (Hugged?) on our doorstep.

By 8pm I decided enough was enough (and besides, we'd run out of sweets). So I decided not to answer the door.

The following morning I discovered the porch was covered in pieces of smashed pumpkin. The mystery callers had kicked it all round the front garden.

This year the pumpkin can go in the back garden, and I think I might put a sign up on the front gate at 8pm – Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here, something like that.

written by Liz Jarvis

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7 Responses to Fright night

  1. Sam says:

    I too have been subject to some rather monstrous trick or treaters in the past. At one house we lived at we used to have so many that one year I decided to pretend I was out – I had forgotten it was halloween and had nowhere else to go (ahh!!!). So, that night I took a very luxurious, long, candlelit bath, switched all downstairs lights off and ignored ALL callers. Well, I really paid for it next morning when I woke bright and early to get to work. It was a frosty morning and when I went back indoors to get a jug of hot water to de-ice my car windscreen, not only did I discover an obviously phallic symbol plastered across the brickwork beside my front door (expertly sprayed with something like shaving foam I think), my windscreen was also covered in something much more like syrup than perfectly formed ice crystals…Thank goodness we no longer live there.

  2. Crystal Jigsaw says:

    Thank goodness I live in the middle of nowhere! The only trick or treaters here are my daughter and husband..! My mum gets them though as she lives on an estate. She buys tons of sweets and chocolates and hardly of the little rascals are grateful. Some of them just look at the treat, say nothing then walk away.

  3. Expat Mum says:

    I love our neighbourhood on Halloween, but after about 8pm the big kids start to come round – some not wearing any costume, and some carrying pillow cases! At that point we head indoors, switch all the lights off at the front of the house and eat our own candy!

  4. sharon says:

    Last year we had big trick or treaters who looked menacingly disappointed when we handed out a few sweeties instead of CASH!!

  5. samantha says:

    Its all commercial money grabbing. Since i did not give anything to some children one year & was sworn at by the childs mother i refuse to answer my door at all whether my lights are on or not.

  6. Bev says:

    Oh how I hate the trick or treating. I won’t let my own children out to do this and they moan as their school friends do it. I don’t mind fillilng the scary ‘hand grabbing’ bowl with sweets for callers though and the kids love answering the door and it can be fun. However, most of the now seem to be older kids who really just want cash and don’t appreciate the sweets and as we are a bit out of it they are not neighbours either. Luckily we are away for halloween weekend so hopefully will miss it and can all enjoy a halloween party.

  7. Becky says:

    Oh this is all making me a bit nervous!!!!!! i always answer the door but anyoone over about 6 and with their mummy do make me a bit nervous

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