2013-09-18

Trick-or-Treating plans, and a Halloween blog party!



I missed out on Haunted Humpdays last week because we got some bad news,
but after a week of reeling from the initial shock I am slowly picking up where I left off.
I don't have anything DIY creative to share with you today, instead I will tell you
a little bit about my Halloween plans this year. But first I am going to take a minute
to promote the wonderful sounding new Halloween blog party over at





Now, to (my own) business:
Halloween is still not a big tradition in Sweden. Although many
young people dress up, go to parties and get drunk, decorations and props
are hard to come by, and Trick-or-Treating kids are nowhere to be seen.
 In response to my first Haunted Humpday post, the wonderful Ms Insomniac
replied something along the lines of: "Ms Misantropia - responsible for
single handedly bringing Halloween to Sweden!" And you bet your ass I will :)

My store is situated in a very small town and this year I have taken it upon myself
to bring Halloween to our local community. I have rallied the gang of usual
organizing suspects to arrange a fun day around the square with a pumpkin carving
contest and Trick-or-Treating. The shop owners will go all out in decorating
and dressing up, and any child who dresses up will get treats!

I will finally be a part of the Trick-or-Treating experience - woot!
I can't wait to see all the little kids dressed up, going crazy for candy.

I would love to hear about you guys' Trick-or-Treating stories and plans
- especially from all you Americans out there! Do you go all out decorating?
Is your neighboorhood over-run by sugar-hyped little runts,
or has the local mall stolen away all that old school fun by now?
Do you have any scary Trick-or-Treat stories to share?




 




44 kommentarer:

  1. Here in my American city, we buy candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters. I decorate the windows with skeletons, bats, and tombstones. We usually dress up in costumes and go to parties or bars/clubs for Halloween events. Our favorite Halloween was when I dressed up as Courtney Love, my husband was Kurt Cobain and we went out to sing Nirvana karaoke.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Your costumes sound amazing, I would love to see pictures! And I'm glad to hear Trick-or-Treating hasn't been completely overtaken by the malls everywhere in the States.

      Radera
  2. While still sad for your bad news, I am glad you are looking forward.
    How exciting that you have organized others and are promoting the Halloween experience!

    Since seeing your mermaid toy alteration I have been scouring thrift shops and yard sales for something I can work on.

    While Halloween is not as much fun as it was when I was a kid, when we could go door to door for hours, there is still door to door activity during a few short daylight hours, followed by more organized parties.
    For the adults there are thousands of bar parties including extreme costume parties.
    Car clubs put on road rallies with a scavenger hunt, in costume of course, ending up at a bar party.
    The fun goes on all October.
    I look forward to our campgrounds where the campers decorate their campsites and hand out candy and play spooky sounds.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. It sounds like Halloween really takes over your part of the world, I'm so jealous! And I would love to go to an "Extreme costume party".

      Radera
  3. I love the sound of your Trick or Treating fun day - I wish I could come!

    Here in the UK trick or treaters do come occasionally and we pass out sweets.

    I'm organising a party, which should be fun : )

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    1. Oooo, what fun! I hope we get to see pictures - of both your decor and the costumes.

      Radera
  4. Oh how wonderful to bring Halloween and Trick or Treat to your part of the world...I can't wait to see pics and I know you will have so much fun! Happy Haunted Humpday!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Hmm, I hope I will remember to take pictures - I usually suck at that...

      Radera
  5. This is going to be fun! Happy Haunted Humpday!

    SvaraRadera
  6. This is going to be fun! Happy Haunted Humpday!

    SvaraRadera
  7. You will forever go down in history as being the one who brought the Magik back to Sweden. I would like to see photos of your shop.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Yes, they will right songs about me 100 years from now ;)

      Radera
  8. You will forever go down in history as being the one who brought the Magik back to Sweden. I would like to see photos of your shop.

    SvaraRadera
  9. We decorate, we go trick-or-treating at commercial locations, around the neighborhood, in a school parade... This year we'll make a skull-cake and a yummy chili decorated with sugary vermin LOL

    I get all excited just thinking about the days to come. I hope you share some pics of your shop with us!

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    1. And I hope you'll share some pictures from all your NYC festivities :)

      Radera
  10. That's such a great initiative, I'm glad the other store owners juper on the bandwagon too! ^^

    I'll place a couple of Halloween lanterns around the apartmert, or I make a small shrine, but that's about it; unfortunately, it's hard to decorate your home on the 9th floor of a block...
    Since Halloween isn't a tradition in Hungary either, kids don't go trick-or-treat-ing and there aren't any real Halloween parties either...:(

    SvaraRadera
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    1. We also only decorate inside, with some Halloween string lights, witches, orange candle holders and pumpkins. And big organized Halloween parties are hard to come by here to :(

      Radera
  11. You're awesome my friend!
    What great spirit you have for this wonderful holiday!
    We don't get trick or treaters on this side of town....
    I don't like to drive anywhere on Halloween night usually cause the kids just dart out in front of traffic.
    Last year I spent Halloween at work
    We have a slaughter house that's been transformed into a local haunted house complete with zombies crazed butchers demonic clowns and wandering corpses lol
    I do the spfx makeup, and act like a zombie in the boiler room !!!
    Muahahaha!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I'm not sure I understand - is your job spfx makeup?! And who has a slaughter house; you, your job or your town? And is your "job" to be a zombie, or is that just for fun? Sorry for all the questions, but it all sounds like amazing fun, especially around Halloween!

      Radera
  12. My husband's birthday is on the 30th, just a day before Halloween, so we usually combine both festivities.
    Last year I baked him a cake that featured bats and skulls-- I blogged about it, I believe.

    This year, I'm not sure what we'll do... but probably something around the same line as last year, heh.
    I've always had this dream of having the home completely decorated in vintage Halloween paraphernalia all year long... but every year goes by and I never get around to purchasing things for the home during this joyous time.

    I'm thrilled to see you actively bringing the joys of Halloween to your community across the world! Halloween should be known to all ;)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh, he's a Halloween-boy! My birthday is a few weeks before Halloween, but I always have my party on Halloween, to make the most of it :)

      Radera
  13. I decorate, but I probably won't this year because my house is still upside-down from redoing the floor. I do have a little money this year, which is nice, because it's the only time of year that I can buy bat-related objects almost anywhere!

    The secret to trick-or-treating is to be the house with the good candy. Always have the best candy. Spend the money. Be the legend.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. LOL. Be the legend. That's good. :o)

      Radera
    2. I agree, either have the best candy or be the scariest - so scary some children don't even dare to ring your bell :)

      Radera
  14. HOLY SMOKES! Do I have plans for the new house!!! :D We are planning a creepy graveyard in the front yard and we'll be hanging a huge spider with webs or a pumpkin ghoulie from the top eave of the house. I'm sure there will be other things outside that will be temporary, while inside we plan to keep the majority of our Halloween decorations out like we've done in our apartments. However, this time we have LOTS of space so who knows what we'll do. :D

    I agree with Tante: good candy is the key. Ed and I are planning on giving out snack sized candy bars. No mini "fun size" for us! BAH! And yes, we will be dressing up for the trick-or-treaters. We take off every year for Samhain and dedicate the late afternoon to the kiddies. The evening is ours ... and this Samhain will be extremely bittersweet because of my Mom's passing. sigh ...

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh, you have got to take lots and lots of pictures! I can imagine how much fun the first Halloween in a house in the States can be - and I'm jealous :)

      Radera
  15. Good luck with your mission of bring Halloween to Sweden, you'll have to post us some photos up of all your events. :) What you've got planed sounds great.

    We always have children come around for sweets and most of them dress up. I think the words gone out that a mad women lives at our house who answers the door in a witches hat and takes part in the evening. Unlike most of my neighbours who put no trick or treat signs up to stop anyone calling. I'm also doing a very small family party but we'll have fun.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. That sounds like fun! I would love to be known as the mad Halloween woman :) but we have no Trick-or-Treaters. But I do do a small family party too.

      Radera
  16. Yay for Ms. Misantropia! I think that's wonderful you've organized everyone like this! You will post pictures, won't you? What will be you be dressing up as? Squeeee - I'm so excited for you!

    This year will be our last Hallowe'en in the Gothic Mansion, so there will be very special treats and toys for the six trick or treaters that come every year. I don't know about decorating though - I packed all that stuff up in January!

    I think I'm going out to Vancouver in late October for Salmagundi's 40th birthday party. It's a 1920's Flapper Day of the Dead theme. Good Lord - what will I wear? :P

    SvaraRadera
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    1. If I can remember the camera, yes... I should probably ask for some help on the day. But your question stumped me, I have actually not given my costume a lot of thought - how embarrassing is that?

      I want to go to a Flapper Dia de Los Muertos. Now. Jealous.

      Radera
  17. Det låter fantastiskt kul, jag önskar jag jobbade i din affär :D

    Vi ska nog inte göra nåt speciellt, jag har ju alltid halloween dekorationer framme men i år får jag äntligen köpa massa nytt eftersom vi behöver till bröllopet :'D

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Bröllop är världens bästa ursäkt att köpa Halloweensaker ;) Men allvarligt talat så känns det nog bättre att lägga ut för saker som en vet en kommer återanvända. Bröllop är ju skitdyra.

      Radera
  18. :)Vilket bra intiativ!! Här i Falun har vi spökvandring i stadsparken kring Halloween. När jag var yngre och aktiv i en lokal rockabillyförening hade vi Halloween konsert med psykobilly band och rabbat på inträdet för alla utklädda.
    Varje år så har vi kalas hemma för barnen och några av deras vänner. Något nytt spök försöker vi hitta på varje år och rekvisitan bara växer. I år ska vi måla ett rum kolsvart (ja det går ju att måla över igen). Internet är bra, där får man mycket tips om saker man kan göra själv och så får man sätta på sig halloweenglasögonen när man är ute o handlar.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Åh, vad spännande att ni har en ordentlig plan - ta många bilder!

      Radera
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    1. Thank you! Don't you have any Halloween plans this year?

      Radera
  20. I love what you're doing for your town - it'll be such fun for the people and kids. Halloween is a delightful holiday so it's great that you're "singlehandedly bringing Halloween to Sweden"!!! Go you!!! :-)

    SvaraRadera
  21. That is great that your bringing Hallowe'en to your part of the world, bravo and have fun! We will be having a small gathering of family and friends over to celebrate not only Hallowe'en, but our 2nd year anniversary, as we were married on Hallowe'en :) We don't go to the bigger parties in town so much any more as it tends to be very crowded clubs with people getting drunk and rowdy mostly... a party at home is nicer nowadays I think. I spend the entire month decorating our home, and everyone who comes over seems to really enjoy the atmosphere. :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I agree, one gets more of the Halloween experience going to smaller parties, where it's decorated, one gets to eat Halloween themed food and where everyone can admire and talk about each other's outfits.

      Radera
  22. Being an ugly American (not always on purpose!) I have never thought of Halloween being celebrated anywhere in Europe.

    SvaraRadera

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