EoMEoTE#12 – The Hallowe’en Edition

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Hallowe’en Apples!!

Moira (Who Wants Seconds) is hosting this month’s EoMEoTE#12 – The Hallowe’en Edition. This is a tricky one. I can’t say I remember eggs and toast figuring into Hallowe’en (except the caution about watching out for the big bad kids who might be throwing eggs and soaping windows).

After school on Hallowe’en, we would jump up and down, waiting for Dad to come home from work to carve and light the pumpkin. And I vaguely recall that we usually raced through bowls of chili or soup before putting on our costumes, grabbing our pillowcases and tearing outside to collect our friends and go from jack-o-lanterned door to jack-o-lanterned door, shivering outside each door and singing out Hallowe’en Apples!! and hoping for anything but apples.

One of the things I really miss about Hallowe’en now is that kids don’t yell Hallowe’en Apples!! at the top of their lungs the way we did when I was growing up in Edmonton. I miss that crisp air and sounds of chatting and laughter and hundreds of little feet stirring through crisp leaves (or slogging through newly fallen snow – I always dreaded snow – there’s nothing like galoshes and a parka worn underneath a princess costume to ruin the effect!) and the ringing, echoing choruses of Hallowe’en Apples!! all up and down the streets.

Here, the parents stand at the foot of the sidewalk as their kids politely ring the bell and maybe murmur Trick or Treat as they hold out their plastic grocery bags. Why oh why have they stopped carrying their loot in pillow cases slung over their backs? And why oh why did they switch to the ever so dull Trick or Treat rather than gustily singing out lyrical choruses of Hallowe’en Apples!!?

It’s not that we wanted apples! Oh my no. We wanted candy. And plenty of it. Chocolate bars were a rare occurance and cherished. Candy kisses were plentiful and yucky. Happily for us, my dad claimed to like them and took them off our hands. (How weird is that??) And there were suckers, candy necklaces, tootsie rolls, caramels, sweet tarts, life savers, bubblegum, and yes, always one or two apples that were bruised and soft by the time we got home. But when we got home, we sorted our loot and we dutifully cut the apples up to look for razor blades (which were never there, of course) and then did we eat them? I suppose we must have. Or maybe Mom made apple sauce out of them.

And there were always a few extra houses that gave out really interesting things. There was a dentist in our neighbourhood who refused to dole out candy. One year, he handed out the most wonderful beeswax pan pipes. So along with the sound of rustling leaves and echoing choruses of Hallowe’en Apples!! were the added fractured tunes on panpipes.

And then there was one of my friend’s mothers who would open her door, holding a big bowl of lollipops and say, “Hello!!! I’ve been waiting for you. Just a minute, I’ll be right back.” And a few seconds later, she would reappear with a tray of freshly made popcorn balls or caramel apples still warm from being just made and tell us we should eat them right away to give us energy for our trek. (Now those were the sort of apples we liked to get.) And we would sling our pillowcases over our backs and head back out into the chilly night, our faces shining with sugar and butter and at the next housees call out caramel garbled Hallowe’en Apples!!.

You’d think I would have learned from my friend’s wonderful mother. But I’ve never made caramel apples or popcorn balls. And all the next door neighbour kids we know have grown up now. So we will be simply be handing out little chocolate bars to the trick or treating hordes coming by tonight. (I hope they remember to carry their Unicef boxes!)

But I bet popcorn balls and caramel apples could be made using these recipes for caramel corn and caramel sauce.

Oh yeah. I almost forgot. Those sticky EoMEoTE rules say there’s supposed to be egg and toast in this post! Okay okay:

Yesterday, we looked in the fridge and saw that there were quite a few mushrooms but just ONE egg. So we sliced and fried the mushrooms in butter and then made a one egg mushroom omelette. The omelette just barely held together. And yes, there was toast. Two pieces each. From recently baked sandwich bread.

(That was close! I sure didn’t want Moira to be sending the EoMEoTE police over to reprimand me…. )

edit: CBC: UNICEF ends Halloween program in Canada (May 30, 2006 cbc.ca/canada/story/2006/05/30/unicef-boxes.html)

A 50-year-old Halloween tradition in Canada is about to come to an end as UNICEF has announced the cancellation of its orange box campaign. […] The annual loose change collection isn’t worth the money that’s amassed, said Evelyne Guindon, executive director for UNICEF Quebec.
In recent years, Canadians have donated an average of $3 million every Halloween through UNICEF’s orange box campaign.


6 responses to “EoMEoTE#12 – The Hallowe’en Edition

  1. anthony

    “That was close! I sure didn’t want Moira to be sending the EoMEoTE police over to reprimand me…”

    Too late. What’s all this talk about apples then?

  2. amy

    I remember chocolate being rare and cherished when I trick-or-treated, too. Now that’s what EVERYONE gives out. My girls came home with baskets full of Snicker’s, Milky Way’s, Butterfingers, etc. and then just a few packages of Skittles or sweet-tarts. Isn’t it funny how the candy preferences reversed?

  3. ejm Post author

    The year (the infamous year, I should add) that we gave out suckers, there was one kid who looked in the bag and said “Suckers?? I don’t like suckers. Don’t you have anything else?” I’m amazed at how demanding kids have become! We never questioned the horrible candy kisses.

    Amy, do your daughter and her friends prefer the sweet-tarts? And if so, I wonder if that will create a new trend when THEY are giving out Hallowe’en candies – if suddenly EVERYONE will give out skittles (whatever they are) and sweet-tarts.

  4. amy

    Well, Kyra is about the chocolate (like her mama!) but Mia really loves sour/sweet candy. I don’t know what that’s all about it. Sour candy is disgusting to me. Then again, she will eat lemons straight–no sugar on them or anything. Kids are weird.

  5. ejm Post author

    I’m on Mia’s side for sure. Sour candies are the best. I like chocolate too but I’m afraid I’m a major snob about it and only really like good quality chocolate. This is probably a good thing though because otherwise I’d be eating chocolate all the time. Being a snob sometimes has its advantages.

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