Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween IMers!!

Man do I love Halloween!

 Not only is it an excuse to spend a full week watching horror movies, but it is one of the few times that candy contains no calories. (Shh, don't say anything to ruin it.)

I just hope I have enough candy.

My house is pretty popular with the kids and I always worry about running out.

Of course my favorite thing about this holiday is that it never fails to freak out the Christians: 

Many Americans love to celebrate Halloween and eagerly take part in the holiday by dressing up in fun or spooky costumes and giving away candies. However, according to a recent survey, 23 percent of Christians in the US do not take part in the celebration because of the holiday's pagan roots and for other reasons. 

The survey, conducted by LifeWay Research, showed that three out of five Americans celebrate Halloween "all in good fun," but 21 percent of the respondents avoid it completely. Meanwhile, another 14 percent still observe it but avoid the pagan elements of Halloween, according to Charisma News.

The pagan elements of course are my favorite part. 

It took me awhile to choose my costume, but I finally settled on "The guy who's pissed off that kids keep interrupting him while he is watching TV."

Which I think is somewhat better than my original choice "The guy who has not showered for three days."

Anyhow here's hoping you have a spook-tacular holiday.

And remember if you are planning to come by my house,  come early, because after 9:00 PM all the remaining candy becomes the property of "The guy who spent too much money on candy and damned if he's not going to eat some of it."


  1. Anonymous2:25 AM

    Hmmm... O/T...
    Willblow is trying to sell her (?) Beamer, and looks like Piper-Diaper might be interested in it?

  2. Anonymous3:16 AM

    Happenings at the Palins tonight

    Bobbing for apples from a bowl full of Red Bull

    Sarah's a witch AGAIN this year.

    Todd's absent

    Track is shooting paint balls at Trick or Treaters from the bushes.

    Bristol is searching for her baby daddy. Now suspecting one of the M&M guys.

  3. Anonymous4:18 AM

    I ma usually the one responsible for passing out candy, because if my husband sees a tall teenager whose costume consists of jeans, a baggy sweatshirt, eye black, and purple hair, says, "Aren't you a little old?" and closes the door on them! I just hand them a Reese's and wait for the next tiny princess or Ninja. Tonight thought, my football game starts at 7, so he may have the last hour after all!!
    GO BLUE! (That would be Michigan for anyone not from the midwest!)

    1. Anonymous8:20 AM

      Share with him my story. When I was 9 yrs old, I went Trick or Treating with my much older cousins who were all quite a bit shorter than I was, I was 5'10" at age 9. After giving my cousins their candy, the lady turned to me & said: You should be ashamed of yourself, a big girl like you trying to get candy for free. How dare you - you're much too old to be here. Just for that, you get nothing." I was as shy as I was tall & was humiliated. My cousins stood there & said nothing to defend me. I slunk away home. That was the last time I went out & have hated Halloween ever since. Thank you for giving candy to everyone - you never know. I also give to everyone.

    2. 8:20, I would still give you candy. You're still a kid when you're a young teen and you're only a kid once. I've never turned away a trick or treater.

    3. Anonymous11:05 AM

      We live too far out now to get anyone. I made little bags of candy for the grandkiddos and their friends and will drop them off before they go out. I actually miss having lots of kids come trick or treating.
      I never minded the older kids coming, costume or not, I think we make our kids grow up too soon.

    4. Anonymous12:36 PM

      I'm not home to give out candy this year, but I don't discriminate. I give candy to whoever shows up! I'm all for older kids getting in the spirit of Halloween.

    5. Anonymous7:38 AM

      At nine yrs I towered over everyone. Some Asshole told me the next yr I'd have to tricker treat on my knees. Rotten thing to say to a kid. I give to tricker treaters,no matter what size!

  4. Anonymous4:54 AM

    I'm with you Gryphen. I enjoy watching the little kids on my porch being prompted by their parent to 'say trick or treat,' and the little kid mumbling something resembling it! I signed up to be in my area's 'safe house,' for the kids to come to. Never had to do that when I was a kid; or too many years ago. But now a parent needs to know where it's safe to take their kid. Times are different now I guess. But I'm going to go get the candy bags I've bought and sample a bit. Have to make sure it's all good!!

  5. Anonymous5:58 AM

    Take a look at the picture on the back of Bristol's cell phone in her picture in the black rouched's not TriG it's not blond Tripp.
    Is it Bristol as a little girl?
    Is it Kyla? Bristol commented that she doesn't like Track on her instagram, but she likes Kyla.
    Is it a girl she gave up for adoption?
    Who is it. The face is partially hidden.
    Is Bristol taunting Sarah with this child?
    Check it out

    1. Anonymous6:31 AM

      It looks like Tripp to me.

    2. Anonymous8:18 AM

      When was his hair this dark??

    3. Anonymous5:11 PM

      His hair has been dark for a bit.

  6. Anonymous6:13 AM

    Well, if you want scary, check this out

    Sheriff in Milwaukee a wacko....with a gun.


  7. Anonymous6:36 AM

    There will be lots of trickery treaters out tonight. DRIVE SAFE. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

  8. Anonymous7:57 AM

    And a very Happy Halloween to you too. I envy you your many trick or treaters. I buy bags & bags of candy every Halloween & never get kids to give them any of it. I live in a kid free zone (condo) but I splurge every Halloween for the kid in me. LOL!

  9. Anonymous9:18 AM

    This is for the "Christians" who don't do Halloween. EVERY Christian holiday has pagan roots, EVERY! The early Christians were really good at taking the popular holidays of the culture and giving them new meanings. So Samhaim was a celebration of harvest and a time when the veil between this world and the next was thin. That became All Saints' Day on Nov. 1 and All Souls' Day on Nov. 2. Halloween is All Hallows' Eve, the night before All Saint' Day, a time to chase all the devils and demons out of the area so the saints could be near. Now shall we talk about Christmas and Easter... Naw, lets dress up and go get some candy!

    Elizabeth 44

    1. Anonymous10:37 AM

      You are correct as far as you go, 9:18 am.

      Another info tidbit: Martin Luther, a German friar, nailed up his 95 theses as challenges to the Catholic Church on the doors of a Catholic church, and founded the Protestant, Lutheran, Church on October 31, 1515, I believe.

    2. Anonymous12:41 PM

      Ain't that the truth!

      I'll say this for Catholics, of which I once was one, they're not afraid of celebrating Halloween. I went to Catholic schools, and always went trick or treating to the convents where the nuns handed out candy. They were just as glad as we were that the next day was All Saints Day, a day off from school (even though we did have to go to Mass).

  10. >but it is one of the few times that candy contains no calories. (Shh, don't say anything to ruin it.)<

    Another secret: if you break cookies into pieces first, the calories escape and you don't gain weight. :)

    Between 200 and 300 pieces is what I can give out on an average Halloween. Our development doesn't have anywhere that number of kids, but we're raided every year by 'outsiders.' The slow moving cars in here between 6 and 9 on the evening of Oct. 31 looks like a state funeral. Happily, around here Mischief Night has no such popularity as my childhood days.

    1. Well, I'm in plenty of trouble. After two and a half hours of it, I said enough getting up and answering the door. I way overbought. First I passed out stuff I knew I wouldn't eat - Heath bars, Almond Joy and Butterfingers - and held back what I knew I do like: Reese Cups, Nestle Crunch and Plain Nestle Chocolate. Even though it was plenty busy, those are untouched. I'm gonna have candy till Christmas.

  11. Anonymous11:10 AM

    Who knew Bristol's chin would be a Halloween hit?

  12. Anonymous11:52 AM

    Harley Halloweed everyone

  13. Anonymous12:28 PM

    Remember christmas has been appropriated from the pagans. Saturnalia is the reason for the season.!

  14. Paul in Minnesota12:30 PM

    Happy Hallowedscream Grypen and all readers of IM (Inserting evil cackle here). Heh heh.

    Have fun and be safe everyone.

  15. Anonymous1:37 PM


  16. Anonymous1:44 PM

    Cold pouring rain in MKE, and I still ran out of candy (not counting the two Almond Joys I hid for myself).

    1. It's sure changed from my day. I could feel sorry for the kids that have a considerable walk between houses in my neighborhood.

      I grew up to 15 in Philadelphia in the 60s, and you could get out there with vigor and hit several streets of row houses and come back truly weighted down. We even used to go to the Harbison's dairy distributor and they'd give us half-pints of chocolate milk. As another poster mentions, our convent was generous as well. Candied and caramel & nuts apples on sticks were fearless too. From age 6 up, I don't remember my Mom having to be with me and my sister to keep us safe. Way different times, and worth lamenting their passing.

  17. physicsmom2:06 PM

    We haven't done Halloween in years. We did when our daughter was young, but as she gold older, we often had to work late and got home after the goblins were out. (Where we lived in Iowa, trick or treating took place between 4 and 6). Now that we've moved back to MI, the neighborhood is filled with more old fogeys like us, so there aren't many kids around. We ARE going to see our granddaughter's first Halloween costume! The cycle continues. Have fun everyone, don't forget your clocks, and enjoy the extra hour of sleep.

  18. Anita Winecooler4:31 PM

    This is my favorite holiday for many reasons, the first being, I got married on halloween. My husband's the grumpy man around 9. All the lights go out, he used to raid the kid's bags for peanut butter cups and snickers, then he hides the batches in the freezers and writes "Beef Liver" on the labels.

    Have fun, all! And enjoy that extra hour!

  19. Anonymous5:21 PM

    We live in the boonies of AK and have never had any kids come our way but when I was 6-10 in the suburban world in the lower 48 we used to fill pillowcases full of candy cruising around the 'burbs. Mind you, this was 1976-1980 when kids used to roam the streets of suburbia safely. There were a few kids about a mile from us that used to come by each year and we'd have some treats for them but I think they are both in college now.

  20. We had 53 kids. We gave out little bags stuffed with goodies and free pencils.


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