Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Trick or treat!

Posted by kuri, ping, the pinglet, & mini-ping on 11/01/2006
Tonight's the night when all the ghouls, ghosts, witches, and warlocks are out on the prowl...together with Barney, Hello Kitty, and Dora the Explorer, of course. Because it wouldn't be Halloween without Hello Kitty. Yeah.

Before all the scary monsters are allowed to venture out, however, you have to get through "Gate Night" (or Mischief Night/Hell's Night, depending on where you're from), which is the night before Halloween. We were never allowed out on Gate Night but always woke up to a white-filled world...not with snow, but with toilet paper and shaving cream all over the cars on the streets.

So, even though Gate Night was strictly off limits to the sons and daughters of a New York cop, we went all out on Halloween. There were five of us and we were pretty much left to our own devices to find a Halloween costume. None of those fancy schmancy costumes, no siree.

I remember having to rotate costumes each year because none of us wanted to be what anyone else was planning to be. We ran the gamut; we were bums (using Dad's shirts and pants...nice), Laura and Mary Ingalls (and yes, we actually had clothes that looked like they belonged in the 1800s), Freddie Kruger/Jason/whatever scary bizarro undead character was in vogue at the moment, pirates (with one of my brothers practicing beforehand with gum, getting it stuck to his eyelashes, and forcing my overworked mother to drive straight to the doctor's office to get it steamed off), and the best costume of all--a clothesline, which we made with a bunch of us attached together with a rope and clothespins. None of us ever won any prizes for "best costume", but we were the kings and queens of originality.

Trick or treating was always fun since we had a real, live witch and a (not real) homicidal maniac living around the corner. Every year, we knew that the father who lived there would be sitting outside on the stoop dressed up as a scarecrow. And even though we knew that he would jump up just as we got to the door, we still would run away screaming our heads off.

Poor Ping had never had the fun and excitement of trick-or-treating, until I picked up some candy one day and forced him to "knock" on the door, yelling trick-or-treat until he got it right. He should just be happy I didn't make him dress up and play "kosupure".

And you wondered what we got up to here in our apartment.

8 of you feeling verklempt. Tawlk amongst yourselves:

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

I just LOVE Halloween. So so sweet. Look at all those dressed up, hopeful little faces...

Mom said...

You kids will never forget those wonderful plastic store bought costumes.....

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh, memories....although I'm not quite sure what gum has to do with being a pirate!
Love, Aunt Patty

kuri & ping said...

Maryam, did your kids have fun trick-or-treating?

Mom, yes, the plastic costumes were the best. I remember being Wonderwoman at some point!

Aunt Patty, you need to ask David what was going through his mind...none of us know!

jean said...

Your mother sounds about as much into costume-making as mine! I remember really well going out trick-or-treating with a friend and adults cooing at my friend's costume and then looking at mine, trying hard to find something positive to say!

It's too bloody cold to go trick-or-treating in a costume on Oct. 31 in Canada -- I think we should move it ahead a month -- just like the Canadian Thanksgiving vs. American Thanksgiving thing -- would be much more pleasant!

kuri & ping said...

jean, LOL...actually my mom pretty much let us put together our own costumes, when they weren't the store bought masks and plastic outfits. LOL

Jess said...

I TOTALLY had the Wonder Woman plastic mask/costume as a kid! Wow, that was a long time ago. ;)

jean said...

Yes, that was my experience exactly, except that 'my mom pretty much let us put together our own costumes' is code for 'my mother had very little interest whatsoever in doing anything costume-ish for us so we were left to fend to our own devices'! LOL.

 

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