Thursday, October 30, 2008

avoiding trick-or-treaters

The light in the stairwell outside my apartment burned out about a week ago. I've been holding off on calling my landlord about it because of this brilliant idea: what parent in their right mind would let their child go up a dark stairwell to trick-or-treat? I'll just enclose a note with my rent check on Saturday--after Halloween!

Of course, there are some crazy people out there . . . this is what happened to me last year on Halloween:
*Halloween--we had Awana, so I figured I wouldn't need to worry about buying any candy. I was wrong. I got home around 8:45, immediately put on my pajamas, and got ready to relax. Pretty soon, I heard a knock at the door. I figured it was cousin Jon, who often will stop by after Awana. I went to the door and opened my mouth to tell him I'd let him in in a minute . . . but as I opened my mouth, I glanced through the peephole and saw a woman standing there. I can only assume a child was at the door--I couldn't see anyone else. Two thoughts ran through my head: 1--I'm not decent; I can't open the door, and 2--I don't have any candy; I can't open the door! So I tiptoed back to my bedroom. Then I heard another knock. A few seconds later, another. The knocking escalated to full-fledged pounding, and it lasted for a good two minutes! It was like the lady knew I was home, and since I was home, I was obligated to give her kid candy! (And as for the whole "if the porch light is on, the person has candy" thing, I live in an apartment building--the hall lights are always on! I had all my shades closed and the lights in the front part of the apartment were off . . . but evidently my hall light being on gave her the right to pound on my door?)
I did buy candy this year, just in case!


  1. Oh, that's funny! And shocking that anyone would do that. Good for you for standing firm and not answering the door! :)

    I just bank on the 2 doorbells at my home confusing the children enough to not get any trick-or-treaters.

  2. And who goes trick-or-treating that late at night?!? Ours ends at like 7 I think!

  3. I say it was someone who lived in the complex and saw you come home.

  4. That's something I never thought of and is actually quite likely. People move in and out all the time, so the fact that I didn't know this woman doesn't mean anything.

  5. SO.....your Mom wants to did it go last night? Any door pounders stop by?

  6. Nope, no trick-or-treaters! The burned out light thing totally worked!


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