Nov. 1st, 2016 09:38 am
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We outlasted the Trick or Treaters this Halloween!

I wore my dark-brown Jedi robe over an oatmeal-colored cardigan that I belted, and got identified as Yoda twice. Um? (We looked it up--the colors he wears are opposite--dark below, light above.) Toby wore his Sith robe and had to explain that he was the Emperor.

Anyway, no tiny Reys, much to my disappointment, but the costume of the year for small girls, other than an array of bees and ladybugs, was Batgirl. (Or Batman with a skirt. We didn't ask.)

Also, in general, I feel that if you're old enough to start to grow a mustache, you're probably too old to be Trick or Treating, but given that this particular kid and his two friends were getting into the spirit of the thing and dressing up and saying "Trick or Treat!" instead of just wearing a T-shirt with a skull on it and stomping sullenly up to the door expecting candy, I'll give them a pass.

The two kids dressed as a Stormtrooper and Kylo Ren were properly impressed at our Jedi & Sith robes and our lightsabers, though!

(The only problem with Halloween is that you're surrounded by kids so I can't bust out with Toby's line that broke his gaming group when they were playing a Star Wars game:Read more... )


Oct. 31st, 2013 09:48 pm
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Toby went and bought, like, eight bags of candy yesterday to prepare for the Trick-or-Treaters. I and he both though he'd bought too much and that we'd be squirrelling candy away to get it out of our sights and eating it over the next several weeks.

We were so wrong.

Round about 6:45 we finished dinner and turned the porch light on. We started out giving 2 pieces of candy to each kid, but by 7:15 had switched to 1 piece each. By 7:45 we were completely out of candy and they were still coming. We turned the porch light off and went for a walk around the neighborhood, and there were many, many groups of kids and parents walking around, and a number of cars parked off in the section of the neighborhood that's still being built, left there by people who'd driven in from outside the neighborhood. We got home at 8:15 and they were STILL COMING. They all respected the "porch light off, don't ring the doorbell" rule, though.

Anyway, the two best costumes this year were both boys, one around 6 or 7 years old dressed as a NASA astronaut, and one about 10 or 12 who was dressed as a green plastic Army man, who put his base down, posed, and rang the doorbell so that we opened the door to a perfectly frozen figure. :D It was a fairly good homemade costume created from green duct tape, I think, and not one of the ones you can buy. Many, many photos of similar costumes on Google Images, if you're some sort of furriner and not familiar with them.

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