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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Are You a Hallo-Weenie?

By Maureen Hardegree

Halloween! I love it. As a child, with the exception of Christmas and my birthday, it was my favorite day, and not just because of the candy. From my first costume—-a molded plastic Cinderella mask secured to my head with uncovered elastic that would inevitably break or tangle in my hair—-to this year’s costume of Grandmother Willow to my daughter’s Pocahontas, I have looked forward to dressing up for Halloween. There is another member of our nuclear family who does not like to dress up. Purchasing him a tomahawk to entice him into donning some Powhatan attire didn’t work. He refused—after telling me the tomahawk toy was a waste of money, and that he wants a real one for yard work? Hmm. Our costume compromise for the Halloween Party we attended last night was me pinning a fake hummingbird to his baseball cap, and he called himself Flit, Disney Pocahontas’s little friend. But he also inspired me to invent a new word. My invention sort of came about like this, me telling him, “You know what you are? You’re a Hallo-weenie!”

Of course, my husband is taking the credit for the new word as part of his muse-abilities.

Hal•lo•ween•ie \’hal-¬ō-‘wē-nē n a person who does not observe the festivity, through costume-donning, trick-or-treating, and/or the playing of pranks on October 31, Halloween [short for All Hallow Even eve of All Saints’ Day] syn see PARTY POOPER

If you aren’t certain whether you are a Halloween Lover or Hallo-weenie, answer the following questions:

If I hadn’t noted the date of Halloween in the definition above, would you know when this holiday is?

Are you feverishly finishing up your costume, or are you telling your wife you ain’t gonna wear one?

Did you lack creativity and wear the same Hobo costume every year as a child?

Do you consider your pins, such as “Bite Me!” and “I’m the Treat” an adequate observation of the holiday?

Do you have children so they can trick-or-treat for you? As a Hallo-weenie, you get first dibs on any candy after the Great Sort [i.e. dividing candies into piles of best—Butterfingers, Snickers, Milky Ways, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups—to worst—brick like bubblegum and those weird peanut butter candies in the orange and black wrappers.

Let me know if you’re a lover or a weenie. Happy Halloween!

6 Comments:

At 2:33 PM, Blogger Karen said...

How dare you malign peanut butter kisses??? They're my favorites!

Or were, until a nationwide survey showed they were the LEAST favorite Halloween candy, and manufacturers quit making them. Bah, humbug. Kids don't know what's good.

No more Halloween celebrating for me, until they bring my kisses back!

 
At 1:23 AM, Blogger Tori Scott said...

I'm a Halloweenie. I turn the porch light off and we hide in the dark, watching TV, hoping no one rings the bell. I don't buy candy to hand out, though I do send some to my kids who are away at college. We don't attend Halloween parties, don't decorate in any form or fashion.

I really, really don't like Halloween.

 
At 1:34 AM, Blogger MaryF said...

We just got back from a Halloween party - we LURVE Halloween! My son and husband were not dressing up for awhile, but now we love it! And I have my bags of candy ready to pass out Tuesday!

 
At 7:34 AM, Blogger Diane Perkins said...

I'm with you, Karen! I liked those peanut candies.

Friends of ours had talked about a Halloween Party, but it never came about. I was disappointed because it would have been a reason to wear my Regency dress. But I was reasonably sure my Halloweenie would have refused any semblance of a costume.

Sigh!

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

I've always wanted to go to a costume party for Halloween, but I don't know anyone here who has one. I put a plastic pumpkin on the front porch. I've always bought candy to hand out, but I get stuck with the vast majority because we have like 2 trick-or-treaters. I think most parents take their children to parties or organized trick-or-treat events instead of going door to door now.

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger Trish Morey said...

Downunder Halloween is becoming more popular, at least with the littlies, but I'm not sure it translates that well.

I did have some kids come to my door once and I gave them both an apple. They looked a tad disappointed - lol

 

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