Halloween Hijinks

Tonight was the first time that I can think of where I have ever properly gone trick-or-treating. It wasn’t for my benefit of course – it was for my little girl – but it felt surreal and quite liberating in a way, given that I never did trick-or-treating as a kid. Having done little more than put on my Teenage Ninja Turtle onesie, I may have to make more of an effort next year. I may also need to stop eating the Halloween sweets that we still have stacks of!

October – or rather the end of October – also brings with it another liberating experience – come midnight, I will have successfully completed Stoptober, a one-month challenge to give up alcohol. I’m hardly a heavy drinker but over the summer months I’d felt like I’d over-indulged, so cutting back was important to me. Seeing this out for the entire month was important to me for other reasons too, reasons I won’t get into too much detail about on here, but suffice to say, at the time of writing this, being only a few hours away from the finish line, I feel proud. To anyone else reading this who has undertaken the same mission, you too should feel proud.

Let’s roll on November!


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    Ariel Lynn — November 1, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Wow. You never went trick-or-treating as a kid? I mean, I wasn’t positive if Halloween was super big in the UK, but I still can’t wrap my head around never going!

    Did your little girl have fun? What did she dress up as?

    Also, congratulations on stopping drinking for a month, or however long if you choose to continue from here. For whatever reason you did it, I’m happy you accomplished your goal! You must’ve saved a bit of money you’d have otherwise spent on alcohol too, so that’s cool, right?

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      DarthTimon — November 1, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Never did trick or treating – not once! When I was a kid it wasn’t a big deal here, but it’s getting bigger!

      My little girl loved it! She is already taking about next year! And thank you regarding the stoptober thing – it meant a lot to me to get through it!

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        Ariel Lynn — November 3, 2018 at 12:31 am

        Well, of all the odd traditions to take from the U.S., Halloween is the best, I think. I mean, hey, costumes & free candy!!!! (Or is it “fancy dress & sweets?” )

        What did your little girl dress up as?? I saw some real cute kids while handing out candy this year – including a little African-American girl wearing a cop outfit. She was so polite & sweet that she only wanted to take one piece when I told her to take as many as she wanted (we had very few kids & a ton of candy). I gave her a huge handful & then a piece for her Dad.

        She was definitely my favorite visitor. Well, her & the guy dressed up like Mike Myers who didn’t say a word, but “tried” (clearly joking) to take the whole big bowl of candy. He was quite amusing!

        (Sorry, not sorry, so long – Halloween is my favorite holiday!)

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