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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween, Judeo-Christians!

Despite the fact that we get enough candy to choke a moderately large dog, my house never really gets a whole lot of trick-or-treaters, so this year, I decided to sweeten the pot a little bit by giving away copies of Fantastic Four #60 (the nine-cent Mark Waid/Mike Weiringo issue) to see if that would do the trick.

It didn't. Only six kids came by. But out of those six, I did get the most awesome halfass costume I've ever seen: Polo Shirt Spider-Man.

I'll cop to always being a little disappointed when kids show up without costumes--I mean really, it's Halloween, you can dress like whatever you want!--and this was clearly a case of the family's oldest kid deciding at the last minute that he wanted some candy too and swiping his little brother's mask, leaving him to go as Civil War #3 Spider-Man, at least in my head. For some reason, though, the idea of Spider-Man hanging out at Avengers Tower on Biz Cas Fri just cracked me up to no end and made the whole night worth it.

Comics-related content resumes tomorrow, after I'm through recovering from The Supernaturals with a mixing bowl full of Almond Joys and Bully.


Anonymous Jon H said...

At first I thought you meant you had a bowl full of Almond Joys and pieces of the Little Stuffed Bull.

10/31/2006 11:52 PM

Blogger Jake said...

Around here it's even worse. We finally just gave up on giving out candy this year because at least half of our trick-or-treaters are full grown Mexicans not even wearing costumes. Little women who are older than me come up dressed in regular old street clothes holding a plastic grocery bag. Fuck, most of the time they don't even bother to say "Trick or treat." They just stare with an open-mouthed smile of anticipation, motioning toward you with the bag.

Last year, I even dedicated a significant amount of time to Googling "trick or treat mexico adults," because I thought maybe this was some kind of cultural difference of which I was unaware and that uncostumed adults regularly go begging for candy to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.

11/01/2006 12:36 AM

Blogger Jeff Rients said...

We had exactly two trick-or-treaters, the twin three-year-old girls from next door. They were dressed up as Thing 1 and Thing 2. I thought that was super cute.

11/01/2006 7:13 AM

Blogger Chris Sims said...

It'd be cooler if they were this Thing 1 and Thing 2, though.

11/01/2006 9:13 AM

Blogger gravitybear said...

Man, where do you people live. I had 103 trick-or-treaters, most in the 6-11 age range, with a few teenagers thrown in later. The reason I know so specifically how many is because we give juice boxes, not candy. My son (age 7) has severe food allergies so the candy is out.
Two boys came to the door and after my son gave them the juice boxes, one turns to the other and says, "See, I told you this was the juice box house!" They remembered since we have been giving juice boxes for five years.

11/01/2006 9:13 AM

Anonymous flip fantasia said...

Juice Boxes?! Oh man, that's almost as bad as the guy who gives out pennies. But not as bad as the stinky old lady that gives out those crappy orange and black candies that sit at the bottom of the bag.

Hmmm...now I want some juice.

11/01/2006 10:20 AM

Blogger SallyP said...

We had a whopping 12 kids. Most of them were nice and cute with the exception of the last bunch, that didn't bother to say "Trick or Treat" and just started grabbing stuff out of the bowl. AND these were the ones with their parents! Sheesh.
We live in the historical district, so not a lot of little kids. But I sure wish that I could have gotten comic books when I was a kid for Halloween.

11/01/2006 10:35 AM

Anonymous Scott said...

We had about 50-60 trick-or-treaters, which is too many to hand out comic books (well, except maybe early X-Factor or X-Force). We do hand out the good candy though, and the trick-or-treaters always prefer it when I answer the door over my wife. She lets them "pick out two," while I give it out by the handful. One of the kids actually asked my wife if I was in, and if I could give him his candy instead.

11/01/2006 12:06 PM

Blogger Jake said...

Part of the problem in our neighborhood is that we have a total of four kids (including my two) living on our street. On the next two streets down, I doubt there are more than a half dozen more.

So we always drive over to my parents' neighborhood and go trick or treating there. It's funny because no one goes to my parents' street because it's the furthest south, only has houses on one side of the road, and my parents are one of only three houses on the whole street to give out candy. The other streets treat it like an event where everyone sits out on the porch or driveway handing out candy. Some barbecue, some mix drinks, it's awesome.

What's great about that set up is we can go hit the other two streets, load down the kids with candy, Daddy gets to slam a margarita, and when we come back to my parents' house, my dad is sitting there with a bowl the size of a small satellite dish full of Crunch bars and peanut butter cups that I can take home.

11/01/2006 1:08 PM

Blogger Ben said...

I always had the one Jokester who passed out individually wrapped mini-toothbrushes. Which in retrospect, wasn't a bad idea.

And I thought you meant Almond Joys and Red Bull. You know, to stay up all night.

11/01/2006 2:47 PM

Anonymous SanctumSanctorumComix said...

Sadly, this is the 2nd year that we've lived in our house (in the Pocono's, PA) and the 2nd year where we had ZERO trick-or-treaters.

But, we live all the way at the bottom end of a hill at a dead-end gravel road, and our driveway is a long, twisty-turney football field length path of pitch black darkness in the woods.

While one would think that would be JUST the PERFECT place to go trick-or-treating, it would seem to be a bit too much for the local kids.


In our previous dwelling places (Long Island, N.Y. & Upstate, N.Y.) we used to have tons of kiddies.
Sadly, every year it became less and less.

Early on, we decided to stop rotting kids teeth, and decided to rot their minds instead! So we used to give out any of the following:

- Halloween-themed toys from the party stores.

- Comics (those 9¢ FF's and 10¢ Batman comics were good ones)

- MINI-comics (the Halloween-themed ones that are sold these days. The ARCHIE ones were always a HUGE hit with both girls AND boys.
The SPIDEY ones...eh.

I'd always dress up in a costume and greet the kids with sound f/x and spooky music and stuff cranking out the windows.

The kids would LOVE us.
(And DON'T think we didn't notice when they would come back for 2nds - either in their SAME costumes or just switching some accessories with their friends to become amalgam-bizarro characters for the extra swag. As long as we didn't run out of goodies, I would pony up the 2nd helpings.)

But then we bought a house here in the Poconos and we figured, to test the amount that we'd need in the future we just bought candy.
But...NO KIDS!

Oh well.
More WHOPPERS & TWIX for me!


11/01/2006 3:35 PM

Anonymous kyle said...

i had a Business Casual Darth Vader. he was with Mexican Knockoff Lightsaber Obi-Wan, Childs Costume She Really Should Have Not Tried To Squeeze Into Leia, and a cat.

11/01/2006 5:11 PM

Blogger Chris Sims said...

So just so I'm clear on how this works, I write about Cloak and Dagger battling the Mighty Moomba under the mad direction of Brian Pulido, and it barely makes a ripple.

"Hey, I got some trick-or-treaters," however, brings everybody out of the woodwork. Hrmph.

11/01/2006 8:58 PM

Anonymous SanctumSanctorumComix said...

Y'see Chris, it works like this:

If "Cloak and Dagger battling the Mighty Moomba" were the title to some Tijuana Bible or something, people would have come out in DROVES!

Other than that... meh.

(And I'm a Big C&D fan)


11/02/2006 11:47 AM


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