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One of the biggest problems we've encountered with Halloween every year is that Karin wants to have different costumes for each Halloween-related event. It's hard enough to come up with costume ideas for the four of us ONCE, but when she starts wanting a different costume for the school party, the neighborhood trick-or-treating and the big AWC party, it's enough to make me grind my teeth.

Today she attended a party at the after-school daycare (for once, they got the date right) and because it was cold and rainy, she opted not to wear her surfer costume that is slotted for tomorrow's AWC shebang. "Fine," I said, "but you have to wear something you can throw together here." she went with her karate outfit. THEN, for the neighborhood trick-or-treating that we organized for this evening, Anders came home with a costume idea that she was totally enthused about: Headless Harry. That's her to the right in the photo below. The head is a balloon with a cartoon-dead face drawn on it. She's got one eyeball peeking out that hole where the duct tape is. You can't see Martin, he's in the back, but he also decided not to wear his costume for tomorrow, instead he spiked his hair, painted it orange and threw on Karin's glow-in-the-dark skeleton pajamas. At the last minute, he added a pair of plastic vampire teeth.

We had a great turnout...all the kids in the neighborhood Martin's age or younger...around 35-40 kids altogether, and both of the pumpkin candy bags are full of a pretty good haul. If you consider bulk gummi candy a good haul. Aaaah for the good old days of peanut-butter-kisses and mini-krackel bars. Of candy corn and bite-sized Reese's and smarties and bottle caps and wacky wafers and tootsie rolls. MAN, I miss candy in the U.S. this time of year. Thanks to a couple of kind colleagues who were in the States last week, I DO have some Reese's and a couple of bags of candy corn, but it's just not the same. What's the fun of being a parent on Halloween if you don't even WANT to eat the candy that's in the bowl while you're waiting for trick-or-treaters to ring the doorbell, and you don't even WANT to steal just one piece out of your kid's candy stash after they've gone to bed? *sigh*

What's your favorite Halloween candy?

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What a creative idea for the Headless Harry. Who knows, maybe if they can come up with this stuff, you can let them design and plan for all four of you next year. ;-)

Favorite Halloween candy, hmm I think either Sweet Tarts or 100 Grand. I mean honestly when else would you eat either of those?

It was a super easy costume, actually. She had 2 baseball caps turned outwards/sidways on her head and then a coat hanger without the metal hook duct-taped to them to hold the ooat straight. That was it, plus the duct tape to hold open her peephole and the balloon with a bike helmet on :)

I had to google 100 Grand, had never heard of it. Do you know I've never had one? I thought they had nuts in them, but from what I found, they don't. They sound good!

As I watched the kids divvy up the candy into the "yes", "maybe", and "gross" piles I remembered that I couldn't stand this one candy that they no longer sell- Charleston Chew. Ugh those were foul!

100 Grands are delightful and I don't care for nuts in anything so yes, they're wonderfully nut-free.

I'm sure the costume was easy but I still marvel at the creativity put into making it.

I had never heard or had Charleston Chews either until last year when my brother went into ecstasies that they were available in our American store in Malmö. He made me try one...I thought it was okay, but it's certainly not one of my favorites :)

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