Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy Halloween! - A trip down memory lane...

My KM banned me from trick or treating.  Instead, I had to create and post a sign outside our door stating "Halloween is the Devil's Holiday and Jesus loves you Sinners!", or something like that. If I was feeling alright I'd add a cross or a bearded dude on a cloud with a harp to give it extra pizazz.  Basically, in my house, it was either the Lord or Hershey's.  The Lord always won.  Every October 31st I would sit in my house with the lights turned off to deter any persistent trick-or-treaters from doing the whole 'I know you're in there, I can hear you breathing!!' thing.  Oh yeah.  We were neighborhood favorites.  Needless to say, on November 1st the KB(Korean Brother) and I had early morning de-teepee-ing duty.  I remember once I actually had to get on my hands and knees to scrub ketchup and mustard off our concrete driveway.  I'm pretty sure the stains are still there.  One year, after much begging on my part and prayer on hers, the KM relented and even made me a costume.  There was a catch.  I had to share the costume with my KB and KC (Korean Cousin).  We each took turns going trick or treating.  I went first, the KB went last.  By the time it was his turn the neighbors were wondering why the same Asian kid kept coming around for more candy and stiffed him real good.  Traumatized KB made it a point to never share a costume with anyone ever again. 

I look so happy here...I was. 

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL!

Anonymous said...

lol...nice reformatting

Anonymous said...

Oh my...

bindc said...

My KM mom also thought Halloween was the devil's playground so I never got to go trick-or-treating. My siblings, much younger than I, got to go a couple of times.

Now that I have kids, my mom thinks Halloween is great and asked what the kids dressed up as, if they had fun, etc.

But, just to prove she's a KM, she said that I should throw away half the candy so the kids don't eat too much of it. I dutifully said "neh" but instead of throwing it away brought in a stash for me at work. B/c I too am a KM and I worry about my kids' health. Yup. That's why I did it.

Chiyobear@gmail.com said...

@Bindc: Thanks for making me laugh..haha! Yup. That's why I buy discount Halloween candy November 1st. To protect the kiddies from cavities. Someone has to do it.

Clare said...

My mom LOVED to send us out trick-or-treating, but of course we never had any money to do it, so we always had to wear those embarassing plastic costume that came in a package---a single plastic sheet that had a PICTURE of said-princess, cowgirl, witch--and the ever-uniquitous plastic mask with large, round holes for the mouth and eyes, and two smaller ones for the nostrils, and a flimsy elastic string to sling around the back of your head. My sisters and I were always so mortified to "march" in the annual school Halloween parade along with the other kids in real costumes, some bought and others made by parents.

Chiyobear@gmail.com said...

@Clare: Aww Clare, I remember those mylar costumes!

Anonymous said...

My KM relented on allowing us to go Trick & Treating even though she didn't believe in kids eating candy but...
1) Gave us a radius on how far we can go
2) Told us to take our 3 yr old baby sister (Basically we had to return when our sister was tired)
3) Time when we had to get back
4) All candies had to be inspected. Whatever we got was the candy we can eat for the WHOLE year. Given out 1 day.

But we were used to impossible missions... life long training.

Our Solution:
1) hide last year's costume in the forest. Sometimes even 2 years back or wear our Korean traditional outfit.
2) Pulled baby sister in a wagon and kept telling her "You're not tired"
3) We trained the rest of the year to sprint from house to house
4) My KM couldn't understand how the neighbors could give so much candy but she held up her end of the deal. 1 year it lasted 6 months.

great memories :)

laurafireball said...

ahhhahahhaa your poor brother!! My brother got the shit end of the trick or treating stick too. Since I was the oldest, I had been trick or treating more times than my little brother before our mother banned us from ever doing it again because it was devil worshipping. Every halloween after that he would lament over the fact that I had gone trick or treating more times than him and how unfair it was.