I take Halloween very seriously. When I'm not raising the dead or concocting a poisonous brew, I'm getting ready to pass out sweet treats to the darling neighborhood children. It's something I enjoy and look forward to all year. In the past, I've given out handfuls of candy for especially awesome costumes...this year, I'll reward the trick-or-treaters who go the extra mile with a full-size candy bar. Yum!
Some children, as you can imagine, are not so darling. Some children just show up on your doorstep with a large bag and an even larger sense of entitlement, and think that because they've bothered to show up you are required to give them candy.
I don't think so. If children want candy that I've paid for with my hard-earned cash, and even more importantly, candy that I've managed to avoid eating so that they could have a delicious treat, then they need to put on a costume. Seriously.
This was a huge problem at our old house. Naturally, I had to take steps.
I made this sign from a piece of countertop. It's spray painted with textured paint for a stone look, and the wording accurately conveys my feelings about the 'no costume' issue. Have I mentioned I'm quite serious about Halloween?
So to all the potential trick-or-treaters in the new TMI neighborhood, consider yourselves warned: you had best be wearing a costume when you ring my doorbell.