October 30, 2016

A Spooktacular Sunday Stealing

Happy Halloween!  Time to join in the fun and answer some fiendishly gruesome questions for a wicked good time.

Here's one from the archives!

Sunday Stealing: Halloween Meme

1. What is the worst treat to get when trick-or-treating?  

I don't think people even give them any more, but popcorn balls.  They were a big thing when I was a kid.  They are so gross.  Fruit would not be good to get now because, well, it's Halloween and who wants fruit, but also because you'd have to throw it away, anyway.  Can't eat anything that's not factory packaged, you know.
2. What character from any horror film would you most like to play? 

I don't like horror movies so I wouldn't enjoy playing any character.

3. Would you rather be a zombie, alien, or psycho? (why) 

An alien.  Going to new worlds, seeing the galaxy and/or universe.  Our aliens are someone else's brave explorers and astronauts.

4. How many Halloween, Friday the 13th, or Nightmare on Elm Street movies combined do you have on dvd? 

Zero.  See #2.

5. What is the scariest movie you have ever seen? 

I don't know, but I'm sure it wasn't a blood and guts, slaughter-fest movie.  I find the kind that build suspense and play on your own imagination to be much scarier.  Silence of the Lambs was pretty creepy.  I also find movies that are within the realm of possibility to be scarier than the ridiculous ones.

6. Lamest costume you have worn on Halloween? 

Maybe Snow White when I was little.  I don't always dress up but I tend to get pretty creative when I do.  Example...me as a cat lady 4 years ago.

7. Favorite Halloween treat? 

I love Clark Bars, but nobody gives those any more.  I don't even know if they still make them.  Milky Ways will do.

8. Friendly-faced jack o’lantern or scary one?

Friendly, though I like the creatively carved ones that aren't even faces.
9. Have you ever had nightmares about a scary movie character chasing you? 


10. Best thing about Halloween? 

The candy, I guess.  I don't really get into it all that much these days and the grandkids are too far away to come here, so....meh.  That may change when our daughter's son arrives.  He will be close enough to come trick or treating here.

11. Strangest Halloween custom you’ve heard of? 

I haven't just heard of it, I've participated in it.  Our little area has had a custom called "bagging" for a long time.  I've not run into it anywhere else, not even in the rest of our town.  It's just this one small area and after 100 years or so of tradition it might have finally died out.  

Anyway, bagging was what you did when you got too big to trick or treat...usually when you started jr. high.  You didn't have to dress up.  You just put an empty bag on people's porch, ring the bell, and run and hide where you could watch.  They'd come out and either put candy in the bag, steal your bag, or ignore it and go back inside.  We had so much fun running around doing that. 

My kids and their friends went bagging, but I think it ended with them.  If I had to guess, I'd say it's because nobody seems to get too old for trick or treating these days.  Older teenagers and adults alike have come knocking on my door in the last 10 years.  I find that ridiculous.

12. Person in your family who most likes Halloween (not counting yourself)? 

That would be my son.  He is into all the horror movies, dressing up, and going to the haunted houses. (Pittsburgh has some world class ones with professional actors and special effects.)

13. Are you superstitious? If so, name at least one superstition of yours. 

I'm not superstitious at all.

14. What's your best Halloween memory? 

I don't think I can pick just one.  I always made it a big deal when the kids were small.  We had such good times going on haunted hayrides and hobgoblin hikes and trick or treating with their cousins.  We'd watch all the silly, campy Halloween movies, carve pumpkins that we found on our annual trip north to a pumpkin farm near my grandmother's house, roast pumpkin seeds...

Those were very good times.

15. At what age were you allowed to go trick-or-treating by yourself?

When I was 12.  Before that we lived out in the country and I needed rides into town for trick or treat.  At 12, I only went once and then the bagging thing kicked in.


  1. Silence of the Lambs is a classic :)

    I hope you have a great Halloween :)

    1. Classic, but too scary for me! Hope your Halloween is lots of fun, too.

  2. I love Silence of the Lambs. Your cat lady costume is amazing!!! I did that one year. And I completely forgot about popcorn balls, ew!

    1. Thank you. I'd love to see your cat lady costume! Mine was supposed to be a real grandmotherly type dress and hat, but it turned out to be a cold, miserable day.

  3. "Our aliens are someone else's brave explorers and astronauts." That is one of the most astute sentences I have ever read.

    1. Thank you. I take that as a compliment coming from you. :)


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