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31 October 2016

Happy Halloween

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Halloween was one of my favorite holidays growing up, probably because it centers around my favorite food group - candy.

I remember going out trick-or-treating with my sister and then coming home grinning ear to ear, emptying out my plastic pumpkin and inventorying my candy from the least desirable (anything with nuts) to the most desirable (Hershey bars and Reese's peanut butter cups). There's nothing more satisfying than looking at a whole mess of sugary treats lined up neatly on the carpet. After some serious negotiation and candy swapping with my sister, I would try to eat as much candy as possible before my mom started giving dire warnings about cavities and tummy aches.

These days, I try to avoid wearing silly costumes and candy. I have no desire to dress up in a costume, but when it comes to distracting myself from thoughts of sugary treats, well that's proving a lot more difficult.

Thankfully, the internet is my friend. It's chock full of lots of distracting things like stories about creepy ghost ships. Did you know that the Lyubov Orlova has been drifting around the Arctic Circle crewed by hordes of cannibal rats since 2013? The mere thought of cannibal rats running around loose on a boat is enough to take away my appetite. As if I didn't have enough to worry about, now I have to worry about cannibal rats taking over my boat.

I also stumbled across Google's Halloween Doodle and its Magic Cat Academy game this morning. A cute cat, a magic wand and ghosts - so much better than thinking about cannibal rats.

After a few rounds of the Magic Cat Academy, I moved onto googling "cute cats dressed up for Halloween" and found these cats who deeply resent wearing costumes.

The sun isn't even up yet and I've already managed to distract myself for an hour, thanks to the internet. At this rate, I should be able to avoid thinking about sugary treats all day long, but it doesn't bode well for getting anything else productive done today, like laundry. {Sigh}


How do you distract yourself from thinking about sugary treats? What are you going to do to celebrate Halloween? Are you going to wear a silly costume and go trick-or-treating?

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21 comments:

  1. I'm pretty excited about all the candy sales tomorrow, although it doesn't beat Easter candy sales.

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    1. I'm guessing you're going to be in a sugar coma by the end of the day eating all of the candy you buy on sale :-)

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  2. Lol. I'm with Lucy. I love to hit Walmart the day after Halloween, Christmas and Easter (Robin Eggs!). This year, fortunately for my waistline (because I have no will power), we just tied up for the winter and won't be able to get our truck out of storage for a couple of days. By the time I hit the stores, all the good stuff will be gone. Phew!

    Stephanie @ SV CAMBRIA

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    1. I have no will power either. Once I get started eating treats, I can't stop :-(

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  3. Now I'm thinking about cannibal rats and Reese's chocolate peanut butter cups. The perfect combination for prepping for my NaNo manuscript. :)

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    1. Good luck with NaNo! Candy sounds like a necessity to stock up on to get you through the month.

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  4. Cats resent wearing anything in general.
    Cannibal rats? Just don't get on that boat.

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    1. Cats resent doing anything that humans want them to do and they definitely let you know it :-)

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  5. I've never been able to dress a kitty in anything. Never.

    I'm not a huge fan of candy. My weakness is ice cream. I have a real weakness for ice cream.

    We are on our boat and will not be celebrating Halloween. It's just another day to us.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. We used to try dressing our cats up when we were younger. Oh how they must have hated that.

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  6. We don't celebrate much, mostly hope that the trick or treaters pass us by and don't upset the dog by ringing the doorbell! My husband has a weakness for Reese's though and has been taking advantage of the sales on Halloween candy of late!

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    1. Dogs must wonder what the heck is going on on Halloween. People dressed up in silly costumes constantly ringing the bell.

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  7. One word: Popcorn! I love popcorn. (uh, that's 4 words) We haven't bought any Halloween candy because we laid in a huge supply of chocolates from Trader Joes two years ago. It is almost gone now. I can however make super killer caramel corn. I suspect that is what I will do tonight.

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    1. Homemade caramel corn - that sounds delicious! I'll be right over :-)

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  8. Those cats were definitely not happy, were they? Also rather spooked by the cannibal rats. Ugh!

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    1. I don't know what was funnier - the costumes or the expressions on the cats' faces.

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  9. In Belgium, I didn't grow up with Halloween, although that trend, just like most things American, is taking off really well over there. For Halloween, I walked the streets of the neighborhood this morning, taking photos of decorated yards. And, I carved my first pumpkin last night! We won't be handing out candy tonight, though, because that stuff is really unhealthy (yes, we are of the boring kind on a "health kick" these years, discouraging anyone from sugar intake. I doubt we are very successful. :-)) The owners of our current house sit do have dog costumes, so we might dress up Hercules, just for fun. Oh, and light a little candy in my pumpkin!

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    1. It's kind of sad how American commercialized holidays are taking over the world. Next thing you know, you'll be celebrating Thanksgiving in Belgium. Although at least that's the one American holiday that isn't commercialized - yet.

      Wasn't pumpkin carving fun?! I hope you roasted the seeds.

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    2. Thanksgiving is Mark's favorite holiday because of the non-commercialism. I don't think that will ever come to Belgium. :-) I'm indifferent to it, except when it falls on my birthday and steals my thunder. :-) It was a tiny pumpkin, so I couldn't be bothered with the seeds...

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  10. I bought 24 Snickers with almond and had ten trick-or-treaters. Oh my. Whatever shall I do with 14 candy bars - that I absolutely love?

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    1. Now that is a puzzler - what to do with 14 leftover candy bars. Hmmm. I suppose you'll have to eat them. It would be a shame to waste them :-)

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