Monday, October 24, 2011

The Most Horrifying Thing About Halloween (Guest post by Jen D. from Not Now...I'm Reading!)

The Most Horrifying Thing About Halloween
By:  Jen D. @ Not Now…I’m Reading!

Most people would say that there are a number of horrifying things about Halloween such as haunted houses, grotesque costumes and the things that go ‘bump’ in the night.  Well fellow readers I’m here to tell you those things are mere child’s play compared to the event I’m about to tell you about.

Let me set the stage for you.  The year was 2001.  I was 21 and I had just moved back to Miami from Las Vegas.  My aunt called me and invited me over to go trick or treating with her and my cousins.  My answer, of course, was yes because my aunt’s community is one of the best places for scoring Halloween candy.  I was fresh out of the rave scene and decided I was going to dress up like a Kandi Kid raver (don’t judge me).  What?  I didn’t want to spend a lot of money and I wasn’t all that interested in squeezing into an outfit that left my behind feeling drafty.  I drove over to my aunt’s house, threw on a rainbow bright t-shirt, a pair of baggy pants, as many kandi bracelets I could squeeze onto my arms and slapped some glitter on my eye lids and took to the streets.

My cousin, who was the same age as me and who was dressed as some sort of weird cross between a baby and Raggedy Ann doll, and I led the way for our group.  Everything was going great.  We were scoring major candy hauls and everyone was having a grand ol’ time when it happened.  My cousin and I knocked at what seemed to be just another house containing yummy delicious candy.  ‘Trick or treat!’ we exclaimed loudly as the door was swinging open.  The hateful hag that opened the door took a look at us and turned to me and said, ‘Um, aren’t you a little old to be trick or treating?’  My jaw just about hit the ground.  I was mortified but, I wasn’t going to let her pee on my parade.  I looked her dead in the eye and said, ‘You’re NEVER too old to have fun with your family.’  I then proceeded to step aside and reveal the rest of my family who were standing behind me and had overheard her rude remark.  Oh sure, she was extra generous with the candy disbursement after being the recipient of my Aunt’s evil eye but, the damage had already been done.  That was officially the last year that I participated in the age old tradition of trick or treating.  Told ya it was horrifying….

Thank you so much Jen for participating in Halloween Hootenanny!   I remember going trick or treating in college with some friends.  Most people were pretty receptive, but there was one woman who put her hand on her hip and glared at us.  Come on, it's just a little piece of candy!

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Amanda @ On a Book Bender said...

You know what is really horrifying? Trick or treating in a blizzard.

Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

@Amanda - That sounds down right terrifying.

Rain Maiden said...

I can't enter this..Jen would kick my butt :) I just gotta ask..was Hag's house TP the next day? All I can say is...I would be all over that.

Smash Attack Ash said...

Only you, Jen!! ♥ Long live the Kandi Kids!!

Rebecca said...

Wow, what a rude lady. Living in a country that doesn't particularly celebrate Halloween, I can't say I've ever been trick or treating so I can't share any horror stories :)

Unknown said...

Aww Jen I am so sorry! But she is really an evil hag: old for trick or treating at 21? She's crazy! Sadly I live outside the US so I've never been trick or treating :-( but I would love to do it even at 27! ;-p lol Especially with my family and younger cousins, it would be so much fun :-D

You shouldn't let her nasty comment stop you from having fun! Join your family trick or treating this year! :-)

ebaker said...

Hmmm... embarrassing?? I don't know if I have had anything embarrassing happen to me on Halloween? How about when I was in high school my bf while trick or treating tripped over a wall and we had to get someone to drive us back to the house that we were staying at...not embarrassing to me but still embarrassing : )

Kulsuma said...

That is terrible. You are never too old to have fun!

Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

@Rain Maiden - So not true! You can totally enter to win some book loot. ;-)

@Smash - Remind me to tell you about the time I kinda sort of face planted while trick or treating. ;)

@Rebecca & @Stella - We need to remedy this. Maybe a trip to the states during Halloween? I'll meet up with you and we can all go.

@ebaker - Embarrassing moments that happen to other people in your presence still count. ;)

@Kulsuma - Perhaps. These days I derive my joy from watching my little sister and cousins go trick or treating. Just as good with a lot less work.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

How can you ever be to old to go trick or treating? Silly hag. LOL

Okay, this is super embarrassing, but last year, I was sitting out on a lawn chair on my stoop, passing out candies, and a little kid came up to my bowl and stuck his hand it to grab a hand full of candies, and I yell, "What the HELL are you doing?" without really thinking about what I was saying or doing. He promptly started crying and ran back to his mom who stood only a few feet away. The evil eye she gave me still gives me chills to this day whenever I think of it.

miki said...

embarassing...hum. Two year ago, my roleplaying game made a special 24h for halloween. We were dressing up ( as people from 1920') and in the morning we went to the local.....everybody was watching us, it was horrible but understandable because in Belgium halloween isn't celebrated ( or just a bit now but not at that time)5 persons dressed like from an old film taht got a lot of attention

thank you for this giveaway


jen7waters said...

Oh, no! What a rude lady :s Where was her Halloween spirit? :s

Well, I don't have embarrassing Halloween moments because I live in a country that doesn't have a big Halloween tradition, although, this one year a group of kids were trick-or-treating on my street (I don't know why, they had never done it before, but I was surprised in a good way, and it was funny to watch them) and we didn't have enough candy at home...we just had a couple of chocolate bars around, and gave them those - so that was a little embarrassing, but the kids were great and shared between themselves and went away all happy. xD

jen7waters said...

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