Thursday, October 12, 2017

Where's the Trick-or-Treaters?

by Aunt Bess of Honey-Baked Homicide by Gayle Leeson

Back when my daughter Jenna was a little girl, she used to go trick-or-treating with her friends. They'd all gather together--we didn't live here in Winter Garden then, we lived in Pocahontas, Virginia--and go around the neighborhood gathering treats. We all enjoyed the young 'uns showing off their costumes. We didn't care if they were homemade or store-bought outfits, as long as it made the children happy and they could see, hear, and move around all right in them.

The tradition continued a while when Amy was a little girl, but somewhere along the way, trunk-or-treats and going to stores to get treats became the things to do. Of course, you know why stores offer treats to kids--to get their parents through the door to buy something. Trunk-or-treats is a thing they started doing at churches so they could be sure the young 'uns would be safe. That's a sorry commentary on the world when a body can't trust her neighbors to be good to children.

Now I mostly see Halloween costumes on television or online. I don't even recognize most of the characters anymore. Back in my day, you had witches and ghosts, and that was about it. When Jenna was growing up, there was Barbie, Superman, princesses, Dracula.... Jenna got really creative with Amy's costumes. One year, Amy was dressed in purple with balloons taped all over her--she was a bunch of grapes. Another time, she was a sunflower. And she teamed up with three of her friends one year, and they all went as a different color crayon--Amy was pink.

So, tell me, do you still have trick-or-treaters come to your house? And, if so, could you send them my way? I miss seeing them.


****GIVEAWAY****

Gayle Leeson is giving away a little treat to five Killer Characters readers. All you have to do to enter is comment on this post. Winners will receive a bag with a pen, a Honey-Baked Homicide magnet, a couple of bookmarks, and a truffle. On Monday, October 16, at around noon, I'll choose the winners using a random number generator. Good luck!


74 comments:

  1. I'd love a little treat from you! Such a nice thing to do - thanks!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  2. Monday Oct 14? Did you mean Sat Oct 14 or Mon Oct 16?

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    1. Monday, October 16. So sorry! Hopefully, I can edit the post. Sorry for the mix-up!

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  3. I would love a little treat. That is so nice of you. I love the sounds of the book.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  4. Last year we did not have even one Trick or Treater come to the door. I hope we get some this year. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  5. Not many children in my neighborhood, mostly older residents. thanks for chance. mlarkin at rmrgroup dot com.

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    1. I think the kids in our neighborhood are kind of afraid of our dog. :(

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  6. We have trick or treaters which is lovely since our area is more mature and older. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. I enjoy meeting the little ones in their costumes but there are less each each since the neighborhood consistsof retired and older couples. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm going to a RenFaire this weekend, and I hope to see some kids in costume there. At the only other one I've ever been to, there were fairy toddlers. They were adorable!

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  8. We only get a few trick-or-treaters, but I enjoy giving out candy. lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. I do too. I used to make up treat bags for the older kids in the neighborhood who were too old to trick-or-treat. One year ours was the only car in the neighborhood that didn't get egged! LOL! And, no, I wasn't taking preventative measures--I was just trying to be nice.

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  9. In my area we have a gala event downtown. The stores all stay open late and have baskets of goodies set up. The Boys & Girl's Club has a costume ball for the kids, with 5 levels of competition for prizes. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

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    1. Wow, how nice! I want to come to YOUR town!

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  10. For a few years we had lots of kids show up. Then, last year, nobody came. Color us confused.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  11. My mom lives in a subdivision, and people used to come and let carloads of kids out. They don't do that much anymore, and I think my mom is relieved. She used to have to sit on the stairs with the candy for hours, constantly answering the door. :D

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  12. Yes, we do. It's fun to see all the different costumes.

    jtcgc(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Mary Lynette MillerOctober 12, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    We live out in the country so we didn't get very many kids. Some years none at all. Always had to have the candy though, just incase. We have a friend who, for the last few years, has been bringing her older grandkids (teens), all in costume, just for the fun of it. They have had some pretty amazing outfits.

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  14. This is a great giveaway. I love 🐝 bee's. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  15. Our neighborhood gets a few trick or treaters, but not as many as we use to. It's fun to see the little ones in their costumes.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Thanks for a chance to win a treat.
    agavigan@cox.net

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  18. We don't get very many trick or treaters I think they go to the Church things or the Mall...but it was fun wasn't it?
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. It was! It gave us such a sense of community when we took our kids trick-or-treating, and it brings back fond memories.

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  19. We don't see any trick-or-treaters here.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  20. Thanks for the chance. Maceoindo (at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. We live in the country, so we don't get trick or treaters. Parents take their kids to the village where the kids can walk from house to house. Our Lions Club does a party at school with a costume parade, games, prizes and snacks. cheers at MarjimManor dot com

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    1. Your Lions Club sounds delightful! :)

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  22. I haven't had trick or treaters for a few years. I moved in June to a new neighborhood and am looking forward to have many little ghosts and goblins at my door! I remember the good old days of homemade costumes. They certainly aren't like they used to be! But it's still fun! I'd love a little treat from you. :)

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    1. Homemade costumes are great, aren't they?

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  23. Reading about all the new books and daily life of the authors gets my day going in the right direction.

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  24. I live in a condo and we don't get any trick or treaters. I LOVE looking at the kids in their costumes tho. So darned cute! Gayle Leeson, you are a new author to me and your book looks so cute and good!

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  25. We live in a rural area so there are no trick or treaters so i give the delivery people water and candy when they come up. thank you for the chance. ptclayton2@aol.com

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    1. How sweet of you! That's a wonderful idea! :)

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  26. Love your books as you keep me sane in an insane world....
    Write on...
    Sandra Beck

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    1. Thank you, Sandra! I like to disappear into my fictional worlds too. :)

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  27. I live in an apartment, so no trick or treaters. Thanks for the chance to win. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  28. We have not had trick or treaters in a long time. Our neighborhood is an old one and there really are not many if any kids living here these days. They also do things different now. Some kids go to malls, they get bused to other neighborhoods and also churches do some stuff. My younger brother and his wife live in a neighborhood where they bring children in by bus. I sure would love to get this treat. Thanks for the chance. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Wow...that must be exhausting for your brother and his wife!

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  29. We live on a dead end, so we don't get a lot, but we do get some local kids. I try not to buy candy too early because I'll eat it... and no one actually NEEDS Halloween candy. =) Thank you for the fun giveaway! konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm with you, Marci--if I get it, I eat it. Must. Resist. Chocolately. Goodness!

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  31. Yes, we have a few trick or treaters but we're usually out with our daughter so we leave the candy bowl on the porch. I hope it's gone by the time we get home to help my own lack of control. Lol!
    Awilcox1182@gmail.com

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    1. I share your lack of control, Amanda! LOL!

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  32. We have candy to pass out but our neighborhood doesn't get trick or treaters. I miss seeing the costumes. Maybe this year will be different!

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  33. I haven't had any trick or treaters in years and years.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  34. I would love to read your books. They would be a great for the eyes

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  35. OK. My comment disappeared mid-writing.
    I used to get a few when I lived in town. But it got less each year. My mom kept dog treats ready because some of the kids brought their dogs. They knew she liked to see them. Now that I'm in the country there are none. I do miss seeing them.

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    1. I'm sorry your comment disappeared. Could we have a Killer Characters ghost? Wooooh! (that was a ghost noise) :)

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  36. I can't do trick-or-treaters any more. It's too difficult with the dogs. They all go crazy and the big one tries to get out the door. My son and DIL have to go to bed early also since they get up at like 3:30 for work. So, it's just easier to go dark.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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    1. As a big-dog owner myself, I know what you mean! :)

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  37. Oops forgot: penmettert (@) gmail.com

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  38. I think we used to get a lot when I was young, but I don't remember very many in my time passing out candy. In my time, the most I can remember is maybe a dozen. Nowadays we get maybe two bags of something we like, pass some out if anyone shows up, and then every once in awhile indulge in what's left ourselves. That part is fun, but I sure would love to experience passing out candy like my mother and grandmother did. Thanks for the chance. robbfan141729(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. Sure hope to win.Sounds like good story.

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  40. We don't have trick or treaters either. I guess the kids all go to parties instead. Looking good forward to this next book!!

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