Here is How to Cancel Halloween At Your House

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

cancel halloweenConsider this my advance notice: Hey, you still have time to cancel Halloween at your house. Oh, I know what you are thinking . . . has she gone bonkers? What is she talking about? Heh, heh. But I am totally serious about spreading this much needed piece of advice, especially to my neighbors in Land Park, Sacramento. In Land Park, we get a ton of traffic, constant door-bell ringing and even the parents try to hold us hostage for Snickers.

I realize there are millions of adults (and children, let's not forget the kids) in the U.S. for whom Halloween is a much anticipated event. You spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what kind of costume to wear, how to decorate your house, what type of candy to buy, and for many, whose party invitation to accept.

Let it be known, however, that there are some of us who are party poopers. Yup, we're tired of Halloween and wish that holiday (if you can even call it a holiday -- do you get the day off work? I don't think so) would just drop off the calendar.

When About.com notified all of its writers that we should submit "Halloween content" for a Halloween extravaganza last month, I decided to write a somewhat different piece than everybody else. Imagine my astonishment when I was notified this weekend that my content made the home page of About.com. (It's the pumpkin icon, or you can click on the photo on this page.) I guess they liked it after all. Some people have no taste. :)

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Rainmaker
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Kevin O'Shea
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I like your ideas.

Don't forget to put business cards in the candy!

All the best!

 

Kevin

Oct 27, 2008 09:35 AM #8
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Thomas R. Martin Broker/Owner ICPM
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At least we are on the West Coast. Back East we had to worry about 10/30, or "Devil's Night" as it is called back in Chicago, Detroit, etc. That is the night all the pranks get pulled (not so harmless fun like vandalism, soaping windows, etc.).

 

I for one am thankful that the worst we have to deal with is a little TP.

 

Happy All Hallows Eve.

 

 

Oct 27, 2008 09:54 AM #9
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Hi Leslie: I know there are supporters out there. It used to be one of my favorite holidays.

Hi Debi: How can you say it's not a holiday. There it is, in big black letters on the calendar -- a holiday.

Hi Fred: Who pressures you into participating?

Hi Kevin: A client gave me a 50-pound box of Ghirardelli chcolate squares to hand out. I can't possibly eat them fast enough. Besides, I'd blow up like a beached whale.

Hi Thomas: I grew up in Minneapolis, and people used to talk about October 30th, but nobody ever did anything. Nope, they saved their pranks for Halloween night.

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Oct 27, 2008 11:44 AM #10
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Linda Jandura
Raleigh Cary Realty - Apex, NC
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Elizabeth- this is great. I'm surprised you got featured on About.com.  for this. Now I like that site even better than when I read about the nude Yoga.

I Love the little kids, but by 7:30 or so it's only teenagers with a scary mask trying to get the good candy! Surprise, by then all I have left are the cheap suckers- the good stuff went to the little ballerinas & supermen next door.

Want to meet for drinks on Friday night and not be home?

Oct 27, 2008 11:51 AM #11
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Hi Linda: You should try weird news. You might like that site. Buck is a fun writer. And it's all true.

Drinks sound good to me. :)

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Oct 27, 2008 11:59 AM #12
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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I loved the article.  It says about what I'd like to say.  Before we know it Halloween will be another Christmas and people will be looking for presents.   Well, they already are.....knocking on doors for candy IS asking for a present, isn't it? 

Oct 27, 2008 12:33 PM #13
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Ha, ha, thanks, Barbara. I had a person at the conference come up to me and ask if I was the homebuying guide who did the pumpkin article. She was still chuckling about it. See, I don't care what I say; I'll just say it. And sometimes that gets me into trouble. LOL. But not this time.

No, I am NOT ready for Christmas yet. Arrgghh. I'm leaving town on Christmas Day, though. :)

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Oct 27, 2008 12:39 PM #14
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Linda Jandura
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Elizabeth, I just looked at Burt's column, it is funny. Now I subsribed to that too. Shall we meet in Austin at Jason's place for drinks?

Oct 27, 2008 12:55 PM #15
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Buck will be pleased to hear he has acquired a new reader, Linda. Austin sounds a little far to go, seeing as how I just got back from a trip. I was thinking more about meeting down the street at the Riverside Cafe.

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Oct 27, 2008 01:13 PM #16
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Linda Jandura
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I have a wedding here in Raleigh to go to on Saturday, so next time I'm in Calif, or you're in NC, we'll go out drinking!

Meanwhile, don't be too hard on the little ones! You can always give out raisins.

Oct 27, 2008 02:04 PM #17
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Hi Linda: Glad you reminded me. I have a shotgun wedding myself to attend. Two of my clients are getting married prior to Prop 8, which is could very well prevent them from getting married after November 4.

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Oct 27, 2008 02:34 PM #18
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Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
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What a bummer someone that does not enjoy the fun that can be had one night a year.  Just get some food coloring an old pillow case and run around the neighborhood like and idiot grabbing all the candy you can. I wish I were 10 again.

Oct 27, 2008 03:19 PM #19
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Elizabeth:  When I was a kid, if someone's porch light was off it meant they were a mean old scrooge who didn't want to be bothered by us neighbhorhood brats, or they were out of candy.  Nowadays, turning off the porch light means NOTHING.  I think we need to learn Halloween etiquette again...then cancelling Halloween would be as easy as leaving your porch light off.

Oct 28, 2008 03:29 AM #20
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Debi Ernst
St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors - O'Fallon, MO
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Elizabeth - LOL!  Well, remember, "holiday" is from "holy day", and Halloween is definitely not that...  :)

 

Oct 28, 2008 04:23 AM #21
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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Elizabeth - Let's see if we can put a smile on the face of the Grinch who Stole Halloween.  Consider for a moment that you attach a Market Analysis Certificate to any candy bars you might pass out. The kids will be distributing the certificats free to their parents, and it all it cost you was the cost of the candy, and a little time.  It's a great way to "farm" your neighborhood without ever leaving your house.

 

Oct 28, 2008 04:43 AM #22
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Crystal Ledbetter
Texas Home Group - Montgomery, TX

My husband would happily trade places with you, we live in the country and do not have any trick or treaters at our door. Great post! 

Oct 28, 2008 05:25 AM #23
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Hi Terry: If I were 10 again, I might enjoy Halloween.

Hi Chris Ann: Yeah, I remember the dark houses. We didn't go to them.

Hi Debi: So . . . Washington's Birthday is a holy day?????

Hi Myrl: The kids were throw the market analysis sheets in the street and litter my yard. Then all the neighbors would complain to me.

Hi Crystal: Well, it's too late for this year. Say, do you have a spa?

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Oct 28, 2008 06:52 AM #24
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Elizabeth -  I looked up "holiday" in the dictionary.  This is the definition I was talking about:

"a religious feast day; holy day, esp. any of several usually commemorative holy days observed in Judaism."

     I was saying that if it wasn't a "holy day", then it wasn't a holiday...

     However, there is another definition:

"a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person."

     So, it looks like I was only half right.  Any day that ordinary business is suspended is considered a holiday...  :)

Oct 29, 2008 02:35 AM #25
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Hi Elizabeth,

 Well after talking with you this afternoon, I decided I'm going to start the habit of

 being a computer guy. You, Jaci, and Tom Braatz are GREAT influences. I'm working

 on creating better habits.

Thank You!!

Eric Cornick 

Nov 12, 2008 10:01 AM #26
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Good to hear, Eric. Now start posting on your own blog. Write something. Anything. :)

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