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Pumpkins n'shit

Posted on 2006.11.01 at 16:22
Current Location: 63134
Current Music: FF VIII, IX, X Piano Collection; Tomorrow Never Dies
My father usually hands out candy to the neighborhood kids, being on the corner of the street which hosts the festival each year in his small town in Texas. He does so with gaiety and gusto, often having as much fun as the children who come to his door.

But not this year. Call it the weather, call it exhaustion, either way, he chose not to participate. To ensure no callers, he turned out all the lights in the house, drew the blinds, turned off the porch light, and even drug the wrought-iron bench which sits on the porch in front of the door. They weren't disturbed all evening.

It wasn't until the next morning that my mother found in the small town paper, a full page announcement with a photograph of every registered sex offender in the county and the clear instruction: "IF YOU ARE A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER TURN OFF YOUR PORCH LIGHT DURING HALLOWEEN."

I arrived home, changed into something warm, and galinda822, my wife and I took our kids trick or treating. After running into only 4 houses on my block which were open for business so to speak, I jumped in the car and mapped us a route. The kids were so well behaved, and very polite. My son was thrilled to find that most of the people knew he was a Red Power Ranger, and my daughter made no bones about annoucning she was Cinderella! They both made out like little banditos. It was a nice walk around the neighborhood in the brisk chill of dusk turning to dark.


galinda822 at 2006-11-01 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad I had the opportunity to walk around with you last night after all. It was fun! The kids were so cute. I'm still a little hurt that G didn't trust me enough to carry his candy bag though. :)

I'm still freaked out by the woman who let her 12 yr. old daughter dress up as a hooker though - she should be beaten about the neck and shoulders!!!
ehowton at 2006-11-01 22:39 (UTC) (Link)
And I'm still freaked out by the 32-year old man dressed up like a hooker!
irulan_amy at 2006-11-02 15:57 (UTC) (Link)
Oh no! Do I want to know what the costume consisted of?

That's just wrong.
Penguin Puppetmaster
oxy_irony at 2006-11-02 01:14 (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like the three of you had fun. :)
galinda822 at 2006-11-02 17:28 (UTC) (Link)
We did! It was great being out there with the kids! I haven't gone trick or treating in YEARS (too many to count) so it was a treat for me!
photogoot at 2006-11-02 02:58 (UTC) (Link)
How did little girl get so tall!? Master Howton had better be nice to her, or there could be trouble for him on the horizon.
ehowton at 2006-11-02 15:22 (UTC) (Link)
Right. She's two years younger than he is. Just take a look at that!
galinda822 at 2006-11-02 17:29 (UTC) (Link)
There's a guy that works here with the last name of Bader. His son is...Master Bader! :)
photogoot at 2006-11-02 03:04 (UTC) (Link)
I love the story about your dad, that poor guy. I can just hear him raving to everyone who makes eye contact with him today about the porch light.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-11-02 05:44 (UTC) (Link)
I am sure your dad just wanted to have a quite evening alone playing with his balls as so often likes to do.

The kids are getting so big especially little girl. I am glad they had a good time.

KEEP your hands off their candy!!!!
ehowton at 2006-11-02 15:21 (UTC) (Link)
They pay their tribute to me in candy. Its out of respect.
dreamkatch at 2006-11-02 15:26 (UTC) (Link)
Dammit! It sucks to get old and have to buy Hallowe'en candy for yourself.

I miss trick or treating!
ehowton at 2006-11-02 15:53 (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps. But at our age, we get to throw some really wild Halloween parties, and there's not a whole lot in life more fun than that!
irulan_amy at 2006-11-02 15:57 (UTC) (Link)
They are adorable! Can I borrow her shoes? ;)

I reiterate the wanting to steal children to take trick or treating statement. I completely missed out on the whole Halloween thing this year somehow, I'm bummed.
ehowton at 2006-11-02 16:17 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, let me tell you about those shoes. I'm the daddy and I'm the big asshole who says mean things like, "I don't want her going out in those shoes. She's going to ruin her dress and hurt herself." But does anyone ever listen to me? No, because daddy is mean.

How many times did she fall just walking around the block before the big asshole was right and mommy put on her tennis shoes to wear with the pretty dress so we wouldn't fall the rest of the trip?

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