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We have a contractor guy coming to start work on Mike's basement office/workroom tomorrow morning.  We thought he'd be starting in a couple of weeks but he had an unexpected opening in his schedule, which is great, except.  This means almost everything has to be cleared out of the office/workroom (currently the walls are made of sheets & bookcases, but it's full of real live furniture and lots o' stuff) this weekend, and put into
 the study/library/playroom, or anywhere else we can find to put it.  Also the garage had to be substantially cleared out of le junque because they will need someplace to keep drywall etc.

This is not the best day to have 1. our town decide that trick-or-treating goes from noon to eight. EIGHT hours, seriously? 2. Charlie decide that naps are for chumps, so he's not taking one no matter how badly he obviously needs one.  So the work is getting done, but the two hours we planned on both working together to get everything done quickly? Ha ha ha. No chance.  I am putting this kid to bed at 6:30 if he keeps up with the shenanigans, so at least then we'll be able to finish up together.

Date: 2010-10-31 09:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] rikibeth.livejournal.com
Trick-or-treating is SCHEDULED? WTF? Trick-or-treating is an anarchic activity, beginning as the sky starts to dim, and wise parents feed the children an extra-early dinner so that they can get started, and continues until a) little ones accompanied by parents are brought home, b) middle-sized children perform an informal cost-benefit analysis to determine that the effort spent walking to more houses won't be worth the potential candy, possibly limited by parental instructions about bedtime, and c) the adults shut off their porch lights to deter persistent teenagers.

Scheduled? What is the world coming to?

Date: 2010-10-31 10:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] readinggeek451
Around here the little ones mostly go around in the afternon, while it's still daylight. Somewhat bigger kids go around after dinner, when it's dark out, ending by 9:00. Teenagers egg cars and play miscellaneous other semi-destructive "pranks" after that.

Date: 2010-10-31 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ma-ee-uh.livejournal.com
I agree 1000%!

My husband is from Ohio where he informs me that kids could only trick or treat on "Beggar's Night," which apparently is what they call the weekend night closest to Halloween, since trick or treating on Halloween is not allowed on a dreaded school night, the horror!

Date: 2010-10-31 10:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] rikibeth.livejournal.com
That? Is a travesty!

Also, it is my firm opinion that any child old enough to be trusted to cross the street unsupervised is old enough to go out in a group of peers only for Halloween. Sadly, this is no longer accepted practice in my area, and my kid was accompanied until basically too old for trick-or-treating. This year, kid's WORKING a local haunted house (not an admission-charging deal, just an elaborate outdoor staging) dressed up as the Gentleman from Buffy.

Date: 2010-10-31 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kouredios.livejournal.com
Our hours are scheduled, but I think they're mostly a suggestion. I don't know what they'd do if you showed up at someone's door before 5:30 or after 7, but I don't think it would be to turn you away.

Eight hours, though? Wow. We just had the one-and-a-half, which was plenty for my 5-year-old, anyway.

Date: 2010-11-01 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bifemmefatale.livejournal.com
Trick or treat has always been scheduled where I live, since even I was a wee one.

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