Saturday, October 17, 2015

Too Big to Trick or Treat?

 by Haylee Scott from the Threadville Mysteries by Janet Bolin

At first, I didn't recognize the twins when they walked into The Stash. Jeff and Jenn had taken a kids' sewing course from me at The Stash five years ago, when they were about eight. Now Jenn was nearly six feet tall, and Jeff was taller.

Jenn did the talking. "We went trick or treating last year when we were twelve, and a few people slammed the door on us. They said we were too big."

Jeff gave his sister a pretend glare. "It didn't help that she made herself up as a zombie bride. She even scared me."

Jenn elbowed him. "He wore his football uniform. He's huge in that. He scared little old ladies."

Jeff knuckled her head. "Not as much as you did."

Jenn frowned. "Okay, we've accepted that we're too big to go door to door for candy, and there's a dance at the junior high that night, but the fun part is being out in the dark and scuffling through leaves and seeing the little kids in costumes and hearing them yell 'trick or treat' and just, well, joining in the excitement."

"And we don't really need pillowcases full of candy." Jeff sounded like he was trying to convince himself.

"So," concluded Jenn, "we heard you were running a costume-making course for little kids, and we wondered if we could help with it."

Of course I agreed. Jeff and Jenn are naturals. Their ideas are creative, and the little kids clamor for their attention. It might be the most fun course I've ever taught.

Even better, on Halloween, Jeff and Jenn are going to dress up and go out, but instead of knocking on doors, they'll be wandering around the streets of Threadville, giving kids glow sticks, encouraging drivers to slow down, and just generally keeping the smaller Halloweeners stay safe.


What creative things do you do around Halloween? One lucky commenter will receive a copy of NIGHT OF THE LIVING THREAD.



As you can see, Janet Bolin likes dressing up--she concocted that hat to match (sort of) the outrageous wedding skirt on the cover of NIGHT OF THE LIVING THREAD.










 But there was a time when dressing up made her frown.







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27 comments:

  1. I like to dress up for trick-or-treat night. This year I'm going to be a witch with a wart on my nose and a really cool witches hat I found at a Halloween store. It makes the night more festive for my husband and me. dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. I'd like to see the kids' faces when you open the door...

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  2. We live at the end of the street, so several of us (neighbors) get together and hand out the candy to the trick or treaters (so it is a one stop for the children). There is a small grill for cooking food and drinks. It's a fun time.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That does sound like fun! I particularly like the grilled snacks and drinks for the adults.

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  3. Our town has a haunted village at the historical museum---it's fun and educational.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. I'll bet Jenn and Jeff would love something like that!

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  4. I dress up and hand out goodies and have the atmospheric music playing on the porch which adds to the night. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. Our costumes are unique and creative. Anne of Green gables this year. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I used to dress up as a witch and take my kids trick or treating....my boys loved it

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  7. I used to dress up as a witch and take my kids trick or treating....my boys loved it

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  8. Oh my goodness! Little Janet didn't like being a telephone! And somebody (probably mom) went to a lot of trouble to make that costume!

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    1. Little Janet loved being a telephone, and her mother did go to a lot of trouble to make that costume (she loved doing things like that, fortunately.) Little Janet didn't like sharing the spotlight, apparently. When the girl in the telephone costume is the the *only* kid in another picture, she's wearing a big smile! Or maybe little Janet didn't like having the sun in her eyes.

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  9. When my children were small I wanted them to eat something before we went Trick or Treating, so I made them an "orange Halloween" dinner: hot dogs, beans, chili, orange drink, orange jello, doritos - you get the idea. Not that healthy but fun and it became our tradition. They would ask if we were having our orange food for dinner. Now my granddaughter makes Orange Halloween for my great-grandkids!
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. What a fun tradition! Carrots, squash, oranges...

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  10. We go to the zoo and trick or treat. The kids love our yearly tradition!

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    1. The zoo. That conjures up some interesting visuals...

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    2. Sheryl, congratulations! You are the winner of a copy of NIGHT OF THE LIVING THREAD. Please contact me: Janet at ThreadvilleMysteries dot com.

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  11. On halloween I always watch The Great Pumpkin, and wait for the trick or treaters to come. When they do I don my get up ( this year a cereal killer) And give them their candy. Oh and I always polish my nails and give them cool designs! It takes me hours, but it's fun! Thanks for the chance to win!!!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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    1. Nails! I should get some of the kids in the costume-making course to do their nails!

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  12. Dress up when handing out candy to the trick or treaters. And we Decorate the house.

    gibsonbk at hiwaay dot net

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  13. I loved to dress up as a witch or a vampire and hand out full size candy bars but unfortunately our neighborhood had a few sex offenders move in and no one trick treats in the area anymore. So it's off to the mall my hubby and I go to least watch the real young ones go around getting treats from the different stores. Sometimes we get a piece of candy ourselves. :-)

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  14. Thank you, everyone, for your comments! I got some wonderful Halloween ideas from you. The winner of a copy of NIGHT OF THE LIVING THREAD is Sheryl Hagan-Booth. Sheryl, please contact me: Janet at ThreadvilleMysteries dot com.

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