Sunday, November 8, 2009

Our neighborhood sucks on Halloween


There are a few reasons this is so. The first being that there are a bunch of crotchety old people that live here. I have nothing wrong with old people but the high density of old people means that the vast majority of the houses don't have their lights on. That means that when you are trick-or-treating you have to walk a long way in between houses that have their light on. It would be one thing if they houses were close together but they are not. Sprawling lawns are beautiful but lets face it, when you are begging for candy you don't want to have to wait for it! The straw that breaks the camel's back...or just hurts your legs just to think about...is that our neighborhood is VERY hilly. You nearly have a coronary pushing a stroller, forget about a double stroller or pulling a wagon. The total effect is that its just not worth it to walk long distances up hill both ways to get a kitkat. So help me if they even hand out raisins that's worthy of an egging!

Raph said the witch farted and it blew up her skirt...seems he doesn't know Ms. Norma Jean

Every year we go to another neighborhood and hit up those people for candy. Kind of like busing for preschoolers. This year we went to my brother-in-law's neighborhood. They live in a New Urbanism development. Ever see the movie The Truman Show? That was filmed in Seaside, Florida the first New Urbanism development. The premise is that you can walk to anything you need since the a huge segment of the population is either too young or too old to drive. They have high density living with plentiful common areas and parks so you don't need a yard. Also, its planned out so that you can live your whole life without having to move very far. You can start out in an apartment over a business, then move to a townhouse, a single family small house, bigger house and then back to a townhouse when you are retired. All different economic strata are commingled in a pristine environment. Its nice, albeit creepy at times...hello Truman Show!
Raph as Bumblebee...the Transformer not the bug
We went to a bonfire in the common area and trick-or-treated in the high density neighborhood. It was great because there were TONS of kids running on the sidewalks and up to each house(very few cars). Many people had their lights on and even sat on their front porch with fire pits blazing. It was so nice to be around so many people enjoying the evening and laughing at the lame jokes.
What did the mummy say when he solved the mystery of the missing black cat? That about wraps it up!

Colin would only wear a costume if it came with weaponry. I think Charleton Heston is his president. He even put down his pumpkin and shot some people after they gave him candy...smart to shoot AFTER they handed over the goods.

The boys enjoyed full, heavy pumpkins, being recognised for their costumes and watching people use a potato gun. What more could you ask for!? We enjoyed short distances, flat sidewalks, few cars and a bonfire with beer. Its a win-win situation if you ask me.



Heidi promptly wiped off her whiskers but she's still pretty cute!

1 comment:

Erin said...

Eeeee! How did I miss this post until now?? I LOVE the costumes. I could eat Colin UP in that cowboy hat, he is so adorable.

Hey, you should come to OUR neighborhood next year! It's a great trick-or-treating neighborhood (I guess you probably already know that... since it WAS your neighborhood). You guys are totally welcome. Can you imagine trick-or-treating with SIX KIDS?