Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trick or Treat!!

Halloween always brings back lots of fun childhood memories which for me mostly revolve around trick or treating! I think kids look forward to Halloween as much as they do Christmas and their birthdays! My siblings, friends and I would of course get all dressed up in a Halloween costume, grab a pillow case or a plastic pumpkin box to collect candy in and off we'd go! The air was so clean and crisp on those October evenings, and I never remember it being cold. We would walk from house to house and would giggle when we were given treats that we really liked. I remember coming home after trick or treating and smelling the sweet scent of my candy bag and dumping it out to sort it into piles: chocolate in one pile, suckers, hard candy, chewy candy and gum in another and then there was the pile of “other” stuff- raisins, or small coins that a few unusual neighbors gave out. My sister always wanted to be the last one in the house with candy so she would somehow manage to save hers, barely eating any of it.  I don't know how she did it, but she would have candy long after ours was gone and of course I envied that!  But even as I got older I enjoyed trick or treating--I remember taking my youngest brother when he was about 5 years old (I'm 14 years older than he is). Determined to get as much candy as possible, and despite his being too tired to go much farther, I wouldn't take him home until I was sure he had plenty of loot to share!  What a good sister I was!!

Once married I would hand out candy, buying only what I'd like so I could still enjoy it! When we had our first house, I would sit on the porch with our first Golden, Tod, and hand out candy. He would be dressed in a tie or something simple I'd found for him.  Since we live in the country, we have no trick-or-treaters, but lots of memories and some candy, just for old times sake!  I hope your Halloween is a fun and memorable one!

**In the picture is Charlie, the evil one, Hamlet in the pink t-shirt, and our boy Sam with Sheba's nose on the bottom right.


  1. Thanks for sharing your TorT memories!

    May all the stuff in your bag be yummy!

  2. Hope you and your pups have a lovely Halloween Kim! I like Halloween to get over with so that I can start slowly putting up my Christmas decorations. :)

    xo Catherine

  3. Your childhood memories are very similar to mine, only Tom and I had Mom and Dad hovering nearby, wanting some goodies too! We used to get quite a haul, we went to my Grandmother's house and on her street, most of the yards were less than 75' wide or so! Lots of houses! Charlie is adorable! Well they all are!

  4. It was at Halloween that I discovered that bite sized Snickers candy bars, kept in the freezer ~ with a hot cup of coffee in the morning, was THE best breakfast!

    I love the picture of the pooches!

    Happy Halloween...

  5. I was always the first person in the family to eat all her Halloween candy - I had no self-control then, and still don't! It's a good thing Halloween only happens once a year...

  6. Hope you have a nice, if a quiet, Halloween!
    - Anne

  7. Your memories are so very much similar to the ones that my the Mom were recitin to me earlier...

    And another funny coincidence... I tried on similar devil horns as the Charlie!

    Not sure what tomorrow will bring, but Happy Howl-O_Ween!

    wif love from the Luke

  8. I'm loving the evil one!

    Happy memories of Halloween for you. You're never too old for candy!


  9. Happy Spookkyy Halloween, Kim:)
    Hope u still can find your fav treat:)
    Thanks for sharing your story...very sweet:)

    and of course, those eyes,horns and noses are as adorable as ever in that picture :)

  10. I completely relate to this post - what wonderful memories :) I love seeing all those doggie faces looking up at you!

  11. Kim,
    These could have been my words also requarding Halloween as a child.
    Our Mother usually looked over the loot also and took all the O Henry Bars. She still loves them to this day so I usually send her a bag for Christmas.
    The dogs look so cute waiting for treats.
    We also don't get many children but I still made-up 10 special treat bags. Just in Case.
    Have a Happy Halloween!!!!

  12. Every year since my niece and nephew were born, I've taken a golden and gone with them. This will be the last year I go (my niece is 18 and still wants to trick or treat - imagine that!). Next year I will enjoy handing out candy!


  13. we dont really have "haloween " here in the UK although the americanization of the celebration has taken over from the more traditional "bonfirenight" which is on the 5th of November.
    Bonfire night is were we brits celebrate Guy Fawks attempts to blow up the Houses of Parliment in 1605

  14. My mom wouldn't let us take pillow cases because she said it made us look greedy (well, we were, duh!)

    I too have great memories of Halloween with my siblings and with my own children. Seems it has changed quite a bit since our day.

    Your little ones look so cute, all ready for Halloween.

  15. Happy Howl-o-ween!! Somehow I'm not buying "evil" - that's the cutest devil I've seen!


  16. Same here Kim....we have no Trick or Treaters either.....too far 'out' I guess. Most families bring their kids into the city or the closest sub-division.
    Sweet pics of the dogs! Have a great day.

  17. I just the pictures Kim, what a adorable bunch and Charlie I love the "horns".
    Hope you guys have a very "Spooktacular" Halloween!
    Tina xo

  18. You brought back memories for me too. Where I live now, NO trick-or-treaters come visit. So, we usually head into the city to spend the evening with our nephews. What fun.

    I love the pic of the pups. What eyes they all have, filled with love and happiness!

    I hope that your poison ivy is better...

  19. I haven't had any trick or treaters in a few years--after my neighbor kids outgrew it. I live in the country as well. I also grew up here so our trick or treating adventures involved allot of driving around to the people we knew, and invariably going in and visiting with each of them! I also remember a couple years that it was freezing cold.

  20. I absolutely loved and still love Halloween as well! I went out to get candy until the age of 16 or 17 and then had a blast craving the pumpkins and dressing up to hand out candy until I moved into an apartment and that was no longer an option. I so miss being able to take part in the Halloween celebrations, but am hoping to figure out a way to have some fun with the Holiday again next year when I also won't have to work through it!

  21. Lovely memories! I have very similar ones, and cherish them. No trick or treaters for me, either. The road is too busy, and I'm too isolated. But, like you, the Halloween candy is still around.

  22. I love the kiddies coming to the door. They really want you to oooh and ahhh over their costumes so I give them lots of credit even for the simplest ones. Last night every trick-or-treater said thank you! I loved it1


  23. My Dad is in his mid-forties and he still stuff his face with lots of candies!

    Anyway, wishing you guys a Happy Halloween and I hope you get lots of treats!


  24. No Halloween in Sweden either, but I have had lots of fun giving out candy while I lived in the city. We don't get any kids here either. Have a great Halloween, Kim. PS - Hamlet has the greatest expressions. He is truly a happy boy, isn't he, in spite of everything?__Inger

  25. Ooh,Charlie,you do look very scary!
    Loved reading your Halloween memories Kim. :o)

  26. That's a cute photo. Even though you live in the country I hope you still managed to treat yourself and your dogs to some special treats.

    Sending you Halloween howls,

  27. We don't get trick or treaters here, so all the candy is for us.

    I was an only child living in the country so I don't have any great memories of Halloween. Maybe that's why I don't get into it much. I enjoyed sharing your memories.

  28. I didn't do much trick or treating as a child, so I get to live it through the eyes of my daughter. Until this year, when she decided she is too old for it and our church hosted a scavenger hunt so she decided to do that instead...We are in the county, but we get trick or treaters, funny how Halloween changes according to the day of the week...we got ours last night instead of tonight.

  29. Happy Halloween Kim!
    Thanks for sharing your sweet memories!
    Beautiful pictures of your pups!

    Thor xxxx

  30. Neeli loves your horns Charlie! She says hello to all the others too!

    Nadine & Neeli
    Angel doggie Apples

  31. Trick or treat til you drop was our motto when I was a kid. It never felt cold...well, because it wasn't (Phoenix)! For the first time in years, we hung out with the god-kids to trick or treat (pictures coming soon). Great memories Kim. BTW, your Sam has got the same facemask markings as Lady. Always good to see those faces to start my day.

  32. Trick or Treat was the best...we have no visitors either, POOH!
    Hugs and belly rubs to all the pups!

  33. Woof! Woof! Well it seems that there are less trick n treaters evey year. Lots of parents are being safe n lots participate in group/community events. Good to see Charlie with his evil head gear. Great to see Hamlet is smiling. We recently read an article how thee are many aging dogs that needs home ... thought about you n the good deeds to you. Please send us an email with your add - like to send the Golden Pines Gang something delish for the holiday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  34. I'll try again!!
    Hi Kim, I a warded you the best Doggy Mom too, did you miss that??
    I saved the best for last!!
    XXOO, Bambi & Fern

  35. Hope you had a relaxing Sunday eve, with lots of golden hugs and snuggles :)

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  36. Thank you for sharing your amazing Halloween memories. (Charlie looked quite amazing!)
    We don't have much of Halloween this end of the I'm privileged to share yours.

  37. Since we live in the country- we have not trick or treaters either.
    But when I was a kid, it was quite a lot like yours.
    The other day I went to the Post Office to mail a package. All the clerks were dressed up. I commented on one, and then they brought up a big baf of candy for me to stick my hand into.
    I remember the feeling of "sorting" through with my fingers- trying to get what my favorite would be! I felt like a little kid. I pulled out a PAYDAY.
    Now if I was a kid,, I would have preferred chocolate,,, but now,,, I thought- PAYDAYS are cool- so why not!
    your dogs are so cute in these photos. Look at those little horns...
    tee hee hee.
    also love the look of your bloggy.
    I am behind, but finally made it to you!

  38. Adorable photo! Sorry to read you had another run in with the poison ivy. Such a pretty plant too, judging by your photo.


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