Planning for Halloween

This is not a post about carving a face into a pumpkin or preparing some form of scary costume. It is about my planning to avoid Halloween entirely.

Halloween for me normally involves getting home from work, turning off the lights and pretending I’m not home. I don’t want to be giving out free sweets to strange folk knocking at the door.

I do buy in a sweet stash for the emergency situation of needing to fend off marauding freeloaders. But since pack sizes are shrinking I’ve had to spend more to have a suitable supply.

This year poses the additional risk of needing to put the bins out. This leaves me out in the open and vulnerable during the process of multi bin recycling. The outside light will be on alerting the opportunistic sugar hunters to my presence. A waste pre-sort will reduce exposure time but I’ll have to move quickly and remain alert.

Next will be my activities for the evening. TV is a no as the excess light washing around the curtains is a give-away that you are in allowing the hordes to pillage. I need to move to the back of the house where I can have the light on without raising curiosity. I have a quick dinner planned, minimal noise no fuss. I have a project that I can work on quietly. A low backlight on the kindle wont be noticeable from outside.

Hopefully I will make it through the night with the sweet supply intact.

Halloween – Over for another year

The evening of October 31st is, for me, one of darkness. No it's not my evil side taking over, although I suppose it depends on your point of view. The darkness comes from the turning off of the house lights to reduce the chances of a horde of scavengers attacking the front door with their grubby paws and demanding freebies upon its being opened. I don't think on any other night of the year I could go to a random series of houses and ask for sweets/chocolate and be given the requested items willingly. So why should I expect to do it on October 31st?

The callers in their fancy dress is the last of the irritants for me. Halloween started months ago and peaks on the 31st. Blog posts with how-to's and "Look and what I',m wearing" have been surfacing daily. I couldn't care less. It's one night of the year yet people will spend a significant amount of money on it.

Enough of Halloween, it's a year away now. The downside is that every day from now it's another day closer.