Lori Lancaster | November 3, 2004
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Scott Horowitz | November 3, 2004
mmm candy. I chew a lot of gum. I usually enjoy mint flavors. Love Kit Kat, Snickers, and Butterfinger.

John E Gunter | November 3, 2004
Reeses Sticks are my favs. I used to like the Reese Cookie cups, the miniatures versions, but they don't seem to be making them anymore.

As far as what to give out to the kids, lots of sugar based candy! Since giving them fruit would bankrupt me, due to the fact that I couldn't give them fresh fruit, fruit cups can get expensive, I figure give them something that will get them wired and make their parents suffer! ;-)

John

Amy Austin | November 3, 2004
Mmmm, "fluffy goodness" -- yay!

I live in a locked building with only a few others and no kids, so there were no Trick or Treaters for me this year... which is just as well, because *I* like to be the kid on Halloween -- I *love* dress-up & candy, but I haven't gone trick-or-treating since I was 17 (and got so many dirty looks that I haven't gone since). But this year -- even though I was *determined* to make it the best in a while (the last 4... out to sea for almost all... sucked) -- I didn't pull my costume together in time (partly procrastination, partly demotivating husband... doesn't care about it), didn't have any cool plans (pretty inexcusable in San Diego, I'd say), and so didn't really celebrate one of my favorites at all. So the munchkins are SOL this year... ;D

As for my own tendencies, I don't generally buy candy -- even though I love it all and would gobble nearly whatever's put in front of me! -- not as a point of resistance, but I just don't really think about it. I did, however, buy at least 3 packages of Halloween Oreos (2 at one time, and then another later)... just now starting on the 3rd one. And I've noticed that the holiday variety appears to be double-stuffed, too!

Amy Austin | November 3, 2004
Oh, yeah -- what to give the irritants...

well, no one ever liked those little orange & black paper wrapped chews, did they? That's always a good punisher -- especially if you only give a couple at a time... it's like, "gyp!" HAHAHAHA!

Todd Brotsch | November 3, 2004
Get your hand on/off my butterfinger.

Amy Austin | November 3, 2004
Or is it "on/off/on/off/on/off/on/off"?

John E Gunter | November 3, 2004
Whoo, hoo, I caught that, or maybe Amy caught that?

I personally like, wax on...wax off, but that could be painful!

John

Amy Austin | November 3, 2004
Heeheehee -- I could let you catch that if you want, John!

Todd Brotsch | November 3, 2004
hmmmm........

Lori Lancaster | November 3, 2004
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Scott Horowitz | November 3, 2004
I was keeping my mouth shut about that one as well, Lori.

Amy Austin | November 3, 2004
heeheehee... I hope those were the "fun size", Lori!

Yeah, I guess I can't really fool anybody anymore... one of the people actually said to me, straight-up, "Aren't you a little big for this?" To which I replied (Bart Simpson-style), "No way, dude!" (accompanied by inner voice) "Now give me that fucking candy!" But secretly, I was a little hurt. I was with my sister and step-sister (13 & 15) -- geez!!!

Lori Lancaster | November 3, 2004
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Amy Austin | November 3, 2004
heeheehee -- yeah, I'm sure that a fetus can get a sugar high, too!

Well, I've had that thought myself (about taking my own kids) -- but right now that seems so far off that I might be pretty limited in my costume choices: church lady, "Where's the Beef?" lady, lunch lady, Margaret Thatcher... I can't really think of any others... oh, "Mama" (Vicki Lawrence).

I am a frequent e-bayer, Lori, and I have seen this trend... I do find it intriguing, but I guess I also don't understand what to do/where to go -- are there some types of social groups who do this, like "Star Wars" conventions, or something??? Is this something you do?

So... how old do you really think is too old to hold your bag up in the face of a homeowner and say, "Trick or Treat!" with the expectation of getting candy...? When you go with Ev and Serena, don't you just hang back at the street? And how did you feel about doing it at 19?! (I think, aside from the college sillies, that's a record as far as I've heard!)

Lori Lancaster | November 3, 2004
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Amy Austin | November 3, 2004
Yeah, I get the security thing -- I actually thought better of that after posting... but you know what I mean, it isn't like you were right there on the doorstep, right? Just behind them, maybe?

Anyway... it's not like I've been shopping for such a thing on ebay -- it just pops up a lot in some of my searches/browsing. I know, all too well, that some people will do/say anything just to make a sale, and I can see that sometimes the quality is not up to my par... as far as authentication, I am a stickler on that, too. I do have a machine (or two or three ;>) and sew, and whenever I make anything, I want it to be the best, most authentic thing I can manage/afford -- so I can totally relate to you there!

If we lived near each other, I'd definitely prod you into making a spectacle of ourselves at some convention, though!!! ;>P

Scott Hardie | November 4, 2004
I have tried and tried over the years, but I just can't enjoy Butterfinger. I hate the stuck-in-my-teeth feeling. Same problem with Heath bars, of course.

Little surprise, my favorites are the exact opposite, the soft chocolate candies: York peppermint patties, Reese's peanut butter cups, and especially Three Musketeers. I'm a fan of the nameless orange-and-black-wrapper candies that Amy mentioned, but they too get stuck in my mouth so I don't have them often.

Is it just me, or is the packaged getting lousier on candy? Seems like every fifth piece in the bag this year was open on one end, like the wrapper glue didn't hold.

Anna Gregoline | November 4, 2004
I love Butterfingers but they tend to give me a tummy ache. I guess Snickers is high up there for me, and Kit Kat bars.

Kris Weberg | November 4, 2004
I cut candy out a couple years agao, but I sneak some dark chocolate squares now and again.


Mmmmm...bittersweet.

Anna Gregoline | November 4, 2004
I love bittersweet chocolate too - it's so satisfying somehow, and much better for you than the milk variety.

Erik Bates | November 4, 2004
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Amy Austin | November 4, 2004
Yeah, I don't understand why it isn't *more* available than "milk chocolate" -- I have always preferred it, too! Although I guess for the candy companies, it's kind of like cutting your cocaine with powdered sugar... they gotta' make "the good stuff" stretch further so they can sell more -- who wants chocolate that's been stepped on?

Anna Gregoline | November 4, 2004
Stretching farther and I think that honestly more people like milk chocolate.

Lori Lancaster | November 4, 2004
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John E Gunter | November 4, 2004
I love dark chocolate, lots more than milk. Though dark is probably worst for my stomach than milk is, milk is just so mamby pamby to me, that if I'm going to risk discomfort, I'd rather do it with dark.

My wife on the other hand says that dark chocolate tastes like Exlax to her, go figure.

John

Amy Austin | November 4, 2004
heeheehee -- yeah, Ex-Lax and baker's chocolate... two things that definitely need to be kept out of the reach of children!!!


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