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    Bonita, if you're talking in farenheit -9 really IS freaking cold! I guess up here though we're pretty used to long stretches of very cold weather. I'm okay up to about -25, but when we get windchills nearing -40 that's when I can feel my face literally starting to freeze. We don't let the kids outside in anything colder than -20 ambient temperature.

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    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween? Absolutely! My neighborhood goes all out! One of the girls' friends from dance and her Mom comes over so we all go together. This year all 3 girls have coordinating costumes.

    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?) This year we are starting at 6.

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?) We always eat dinner before. My kids are hungry when they get home from school. This year we're having pork & rice, squash, and sweet rolls. No traditional meal.


    On the "giving" end:

    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy? I take the girls out and hubby sits outside to pass out candy. He isn't super excited about his "job", lol.

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour? We usually stay out until about 8:30 and then I turn our light off around 9.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    Bonita, if you're talking in farenheit -9 really IS freaking cold! I guess up here though we're pretty used to long stretches of very cold weather. I'm okay up to about -25, but when we get windchills nearing -40 that's when I can feel my face literally starting to freeze. We don't let the kids outside in anything colder than -20 ambient temperature.
    I am a dork. I totally thought you guys were talking fahrenheit. -20 is like Alaska...

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    Yea, I just had to look it up. It is about -4 F here for you south of the border ladies with wind chill. Still cold for those little guys, but not too bad yet. Our high tomorrow is supposed to be -12C, and looks like the snow is done for now. Still too cold for the baby, but at least it gives everyone a chance to shovel their paths so my kids can walk to the door. Right now we have so much that DS cant walk through it unless it is shoveled It super cute to see him try though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    And I'll add two questions: Allergies aside, is there anything you don't let your kids have? And if you do get rid of anything, what do you do, toss or trade? I
    As the kids get back we dump it out and sort. Trades for favorites tend to be negotiated dependent upon how 'rare' the wanted item is amongst the takings. LOL A LOT gets exchanged similar to what you shared as each tends to get rid of all but their favorites.

    I toss ANY with torn / open packaging. I'm also unlikely to keep small, really hard candies for little ones. (Depending on what it is, those may be given to older siblings.) Handmade food items are a no-go unless we know the person. (I do make treats for my neighbor kids but we hand deliver so there isn't a question of them being "ok" -- well, unless they don't trust me and I am unaware! ) Outside of those, I think we look at those unfamiliar (off-brand) candies carefully but judge each individually.

    Now I need to pay attention to anything else that we auto-toss tomorrow!

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    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween? Yes, this year DH is taking Robbie to the mall - it is cold and snowy. Pretty sure I live in the same general area as ftmom

    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?) the mall starts at 6pm and that is generally the time we go out

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?) dinner before, usually pizza


    On the "giving" end:

    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy? I tend to be the one giving out the candy

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour? when the candy ends or 8pm, we live in a new area so not sure how many kids we will get

    Not dressed up teenagers, it depends. When I was a university student I would go to friends places dressed as a poor starving student - I used to get some candy, mac & cheese and soups. It was fun.
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    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween?
    Yesssss..i dooooooo. Begrudgingly (but i put an enthusiastic face on). I hate trick or treating, didn't even particularly like it when i was a kid. But I will do it for my kids because i want them to have the experience, maybe they will like it more than me. But I'm secretly waiting for the day that they say "Mom, i don't want to do this anymore"

    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?)
    Its usually dark by the time we get out...but its awfully hard schedule-wise to do it any earlier. 6:30ish or 7:00

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?)
    Well since we've moved to where we live now, we have been going to a street downtown that is extremely popular for trick or treating. DH's Uncle has a house on the street so that is where we make 'homebase'. And we usually get pizza to eat at the house before heading out. There is no trick or treating by our house.

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    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy?
    We are lucky to usually have other family members also come out to the house I'm talking about. They will hand out the candy while we trick or treat with the kids. At our own actual house, there are no trick or treaters

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour?
    Where we go, the candy runs out quickly. You have to buy a bajillion huge bags and you are lucky if it lasts an hour

    I was secretly hoping Sandy would cancel Halloween up here. I had the kids sold on the idea that we would trick or treat in our own house....going to each bedroom LOL. They actually sounded a little excited about the idea. I told them it was good too because we buy the candy so we can make sure everyone gets what they want Looks like we will likely do the real thing though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom2robbie View Post
    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween? Yes, this year DH is taking Robbie to the mall - it is cold and snowy. Pretty sure I live in the same general area as ftmom
    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?) the mall starts at 6pm and that is generally the time we go out

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?) dinner before, usually pizza


    On the "giving" end:

    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy? I tend to be the one giving out the candy

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour? when the candy ends or 8pm, we live in a new area so not sure how many kids we will get

    Not dressed up teenagers, it depends. When I was a university student I would go to friends places dressed as a poor starving student - I used to get some candy, mac & cheese and soups. It was fun.
    I think that's me. Go Stamps Go. Kyla is in BC I think.

    It's going to be a chilly Trick or Treat tonight. Snow, sub-zero, windy. Fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom2robbie View Post
    1)Do you take your kids trick or treating on Halloween? Yes, this year DH is taking Robbie to the mall - it is cold and snowy. Pretty sure I live in the same general area as ftmom

    2)If so, what time do you start out? (Earlier than dusk? Later?) the mall starts at 6pm and that is generally the time we go out

    3)Dinner before or after? (Also, do you have a *traditional* meal?) dinner before, usually pizza


    On the "giving" end:

    4)Do you and your partner both take the kids or one stay behind to give out candy? I tend to be the one giving out the candy

    5)When do you "close" / end? When the candy runs out or at a certain hour? when the candy ends or 8pm, we live in a new area so not sure how many kids we will get

    Not dressed up teenagers, it depends. When I was a university student I would go to friends places dressed as a poor starving student - I used to get some candy, mac & cheese and soups. It was fun.
    I'm about 5 hours away, just over the BC border. Incredibly, that makes Edmonton our closest big city
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    I think that's me. Go Stamps Go. Kyla is in BC I think.

    It's going to be a chilly Trick or Treat tonight. Snow, sub-zero, windy. Fun.
    I am in BC, but only about 20 min from the border. We must all be getting the same weather system though. At least we got some sun today, but -26 with windchill right now. I dont see a ton of trick or treating being done tonight.
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