Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's the Banned Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays of the year; the smell of fall in the crisp air, the sound of leaves crunching underfoot, and the tangible anticipation of the next sugary-crack score. I think it's because I've always had really great memories of trick-or-treating growing up that I'm taking Bumfark's ban on it so hard.

Evidently, one year they had some *gasp* minor vandalism in the form of some smashed pumpkins and toilet paper adorned trees. To avoid such a catastrophe in the future, they banned door to door visits and decided to throw a Halloween party in the gymnasium every year. Which, I suppose could be a lot of fun, but they've dumbed it down to pure torture. Picture a tiny gym filled with every child and parent in a 10 mile radius standing around like cattle, waiting to be herded to the center of the room for the costume judging for their age group/category. After two hours of this idiocy you and your sweaty, miserable children exit and are handed a small bag of candy.

They don't even have the decency to buy the good chocolate.

This year bio-dad offered to take them to his neighborhood, a real live subdivision, jack-o-lanterns sitting on porches the way it should be. And I'm sad that I'll miss enjoying the actual event with them, but I'm glad that they're getting to experience it. And in the spirit of the holiday, last night I gathered up the kidlets, poured some popcorn into bowls, and we all sat down and enjoyed another Halloween tradition by watching poor Linus wait for his great pumpkin.


6 comments:

C. Beth said...

Okay, that is very, very sad. And quite possibly unconstitutional.

(I mean, seriously, you should sue. You might get a judge who doesn't know the Constitution anyway, and when you have a confident lawyer spouting off the well-known Trick or Treat Clause in the Fourth Amendment, you just might get a favorable ruling. I'm just saying....)

steph said...

That's awful Caroline! Who would want their kid to grow up without trick or treating?

Kate and Crew said...

I can't watch that Charlie Brown movie. In fact, I'm totally anti-Charlie Brown. Don't get him. Never will.

And the banned ToTing? I'd start a revolution. What is the penalty for bucking the system?

Anonymous said...

That is awful. How can a town just cancel T or T?? So Sad...
Although sounds a little tempting as I prepare for about 150 kids or so...

Hope you can post costume pics!

Rick said...

The Great Pumpkin! What a great cartoon - an American tradition. I miss Charles Shultz.

Caroline said...

It is sad, isn't it?? I think there are a handful of older Bumfarkians in charge of everything and control is their drug. Hmph.

Pictures on Sunday when we go T-o-T'ing to the grandparents!