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Holiday Creep
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Newbiespud 25th Sep 2014, 6:00 AM edit delete
This page is a bit late because ComicFury was down for most of the night and I had forgotten to upload it earlier. Whoops.

I don't recall much about my younger trick-or-treating experiences - besides the free candy and the binge afterwards - but I think I was one of the lazy ones. Why yes, I did do the "cut two wholes in a white sheet and call it a ghost" costume. I'm pretty sure I did that twice.

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Digo 25th Sep 2014, 6:32 AM edit delete reply
I haven't Trick-or-Treated in decades, but I relive the good times vicariously through my daughter now. ;)

Basically I get whatever candies she does want. That means lots of candy corn. Yumm!
Luna 25th Sep 2014, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Well, being french, we don't celebrate Halloween, so never went trick or treating.

They did try to get it going at some point, because they thought it would boost sales in sweets, like another easters, but never really caught.
Digo 25th Sep 2014, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
Holloween is dying off in areas around here. My neighborhood barely does anything and I'd see maybe 4-6 treaters a year.

Compare to a couple decades ago where there'd be lines for candy up and down the streets.
Jannard 25th Sep 2014, 2:06 PM edit delete reply
Good thing it never caught. Here in my country it kind of comes and goes. I have nothing against foreign traditions, but I'd rather they remain foreign.
Other Guest 25th Sep 2014, 8:29 AM edit delete reply
I always have a bag just in case, but I haven't gotten a trick or treater in years. I think they all go to parties now.
Raxon 25th Sep 2014, 8:34 AM edit delete reply
This is such a sad thing.
Guest 10th Sep 2015, 11:04 AM edit delete reply
Oh no, other people don't enjoy the same things you do! How sad!
lurker 25th Sep 2014, 11:20 AM edit delete reply
Well, my Brother's still trick or treat in spite of being big hulking tanks. I prefer to put on my scary witch outfit and scare trick or treaters.
When I was real little my Dad would trick or treat with us. My brothers and I were dressed as sheep while he was dressed as a shepherd complete with crook to catch any brother that was wandering off too far.
j-eagle12212012 25th Sep 2014, 12:55 PM edit delete reply
My halloween consists of bying candy for half price the day after, although this year will be the first time i refer to it as Nightmare night so maybe I will do something special...
Disloyal Subject 25th Sep 2014, 1:57 PM Pumpkins for the Pumpkin King! Chocolate for the Chocolate Throne! edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
It's funny, 8 months' worth of half-price peanut butter cups never seem to last past 3 at the most.
Our trick-or-treaters are gone too. The enterprising few that aren't overcome with apathy have optimized routes calculated through denser neighborhoods.
We still keep the pumpkins lit and the candy on-hand, but I usually go out to escort friends & family's kids. It's more fun; I saw a great Ouran Host Club group last year.
legomaniack 25th Sep 2014, 7:06 PM edit delete reply
My neighborhood is a little slower on Halloween, just due to location; most of it is houses from the 70s with often the original residents still living there. We recently just finished (mostly) modernizing our house.

Rather bummed, last year I had a great steampunk costume with goggles and an arm cannon, and this year I was hoping to make an awesome costume at TechShop (Basically pay a membership to get access to a ton of high level machinery; laser engravers, 3D printers, CNC routers, injection molding, etc.) Annnd then Halloween occurs on the mandatory, non-negotiable, High School football game where I'm in the band. Woo. Those things last all night. No Halloween for me this year. :(
Pen Brush 26th Sep 2014, 3:10 PM Pumpkin edit delete reply
I think the only reason people come to my familes house on Halloween is because we are very good at decorating out bloody front door with pumpkins. My mother made one look like it was puking with its pumkin insides on the stairs and ground in front of it. We are really good at decorations. They get their pictures taken.
Mykin 26th Sep 2014, 9:12 PM edit delete reply
I used to go trick or treating when I was younger but having since moved to the middle of nowhere has killed any sense of awareness I have for the holiday. Which is sad because I'm missing out on all the free things I could of gotten if I had moved closer to town.

Oh well, I guess I'll enjoy the mountain of candy my folks keep buying for the one or two kids that keep insisting on visiting our house while I keep an eye out for the great pumpkin. Though I get the feeling he has since moved on to greener pastures...

...These are troubling times indeed.
Raxon 25th Sep 2014, 6:39 AM edit delete reply
I can't wait for the Halloween comic. I'm planning something again.

You all remember what happened last time I announced I was planning something, right?
DoubleCross 25th Sep 2014, 7:07 AM edit delete reply
To be honest I appear to have wilfully forgotten...
Raxon 25th Sep 2014, 7:30 AM edit delete reply
Don't worry, Umicross. Raxon will be involved, but rest assured there will be a bit less human trafficking, and more straight up nightmare fuel. I actually have two Halloween posts. I'm not sure which one should go here, and which one should go to Dragon Trainer's excellent webcomic, Grand Line 3.5. They're both scary, but in different ways.

Also, you had my favorite comment on that page.

EDIT: Hey, do you think I should give DT a heads up that I'll be posting a Halloween comment on GL3.5, or should I surprise him?
Mykin 25th Sep 2014, 10:47 AM edit delete reply
Surprises are always fun. I mean, if you've been posting as much stuff there as you do here, then he should know by now. I, for one, am looking forward to this with as much naivety as I can afford.
Specter 25th Sep 2014, 7:57 AM edit delete reply
Sorry Raxon, I wasn't part of this at that point of time.
CharginChuck 25th Sep 2014, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
Oh boy, like DoubleCross, I too had purged that incident from my memory, but it's all coming back now....

I can only wonder what else you have in store. I am both terrified and excited.
Disloyal Subject 25th Sep 2014, 2:45 PM I Remember edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
I remember.
And words fail me.
Raxon 25th Sep 2014, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
Unfortunately, after having written a few pages, the story I had planned is not panning out quite the same way. It's basically Batman in ponyville, scaring people on the behest of Pinkie Pie. So much for a story where Batman ends up in Ponyville and Pinkie slowly drives him insane, and turns him into a villain Batman, scaring people and spreading fear throughout the city.

I suppose you'll have to settle for the one story and some change.

Edit: Aaaand after a crash, that is gone, too. Sorry, guys, one story.
Digo 26th Sep 2014, 4:57 AM edit delete reply
Apparently the universe had other plans.
Raxon 26th Sep 2014, 8:37 PM edit delete reply
I, uh... I guess I can post a story and a poem.

I hope you don't mind me ripping off a creepypasta for inspiration.
Guest 10th Sep 2015, 11:05 AM edit delete reply
A gigantic, poorly-constructed text wall that can be easily scrolled past? That's what we're supposed to give a shit about?
Tvtyrant 25th Sep 2014, 7:38 AM Tvtyrant edit delete reply
How did she escape from Diskworld?

kiapet 25th Sep 2014, 7:43 AM edit delete reply
Oh, man, I was one of those kids who spent the entire month of October (and sometimes September) making my costumes. Good times.
Specter 25th Sep 2014, 8:05 AM edit delete reply
Halloween, a time I would move from house to house in great speeds just to find houses and homes full of candy and sweets.

Of course, due to my young age, there were things that were scary, forbidding and great

My costume was usually picked for me, which included green face paint and green tin-foil ears. Good times, good times.
Raxon 25th Sep 2014, 8:19 AM edit delete reply
I wish to contribute to this video time.

And another one for good measure.

That second one might be a bit disturbing, particularly if you get freaked out by choreographed chorus lines.
General brony 26th Sep 2014, 12:43 AM edit delete reply
Raxon, what did I just watch?
Raxon 26th Sep 2014, 1:13 AM edit delete reply
It's a chorus line of fan dancers. What's not to love?
CharginChuck 26th Sep 2014, 12:44 PM edit delete reply
It's Japan. Do you really need any more explanation than that?
guy 25th Sep 2014, 8:13 AM edit delete reply
story time today is a double feature; either tell one about a game-related costume, or a holiday that was part of a roleplaying game.
Digo 25th Sep 2014, 10:43 AM edit delete reply
Wow it was so long ago... an old Super Hero campaign that passed through the holidays. The PCs wanted to RP Christmas so I let them. They bought each other weird gifts (in-character), but the highlight I think was when I decided to have one of the main villains go shopping and not cause any trouble for once.
terrycloth 25th Sep 2014, 10:46 AM edit delete reply
We actually did a Halloween episode in one game, where we were all little apprentice wizard thugs working for the thieves' guild. So, while out trick or treating, we got kidnapped by cultists and had to fight our way out of the lair.

Then we got back to hunting for candy.

But on the way we'd picked up a warped Ring of Wishing that made the next three declarative statements you made after putting it on true.

My first 'wish' was "There's no candy in that direction." I ruined Halloween for half the city.
Disloyal Subject 25th Sep 2014, 2:19 PM I Used To Be An Adventurer Like You edit delete reply
Disloyal Subject
You know those 'arrow through the head' gag headbands?
I put a kid-sized one on my knee, wore a cloak & tunic, & stuck a sword through my belt.
Demeanoris 25th Sep 2014, 12:24 PM thank the Author edit delete reply
I thought this comic died, I was going 'no way dude' this is too funny to die.
Raxon 25th Sep 2014, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
All of ComicFury went down for a while this morning.
Grant 25th Sep 2014, 12:32 PM edit delete reply
Trust me, a sheet with holes poked in it is far more imaginative than some I've seen. On my street I have seen teenagers, the demographic that's supposed to be 'too old' for it in the first place, going trick or treating without even wearing a costume! What, going from house to house asking for candy is just fine, but wearing a costume is an insult to their dignity?

It's called a 'tradition' for a reason. Under normal circumstances would you give out candy to some kid who knocked on the door?

Anyway, rant over, tried doing a gaming session in costume once. It stopped when it became very apparent that Godzilla costumes aren't made for sitting down in and the Alice costume was not one that you should wear if you're going to lean across a table.
TurretBot 27th Sep 2014, 2:18 PM TurretBot edit delete reply
Hey I'm still young and cute, give me candy now.
Defy the laws of computers and do it.
Curb 25th Sep 2014, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
Ahh, trick or treating, a dying art.

I noticed your comment about teenagers Grant, have a story for that.

Many, many moons ago, back in my early twenties I think, we lived in Oklahoma and it was coming time for that fun holiday that we all know and love as Nightmare Night, I mean, Halloween.

There had been issues the previous year with some high school kids roaming around, so I got an idea. Being a military family, I had access to some of my dad's old gear, including a flight helmet with tinted visor, flight suit, gloves and boots. So I donned my disguise, sat in a chair in front of the house with a small military bag full and candy and just sat there, still as a corpse.

I didn't move when any of the little kids came up, they weren't my target. When the afformentioned teenagers showed up, I was ready for them. They were known for taking bags from kids and taking honor system bowls from the fronts of houses. When their leader, a football player at that, grabbed the bag, I grabbed his arm! He screamed like a little girl in a horror movie, it was beautiful! His friends laughed at him all the way down the street. The next year, we didn't see them on our street, seems they decided not to risk another incident. Still warms my heart to think about putting that bully in his place.
Robin Bobcat 25th Sep 2014, 8:18 PM edit delete reply
Some friends of mine and I have discovered the optimal way to celebrate Halloween: Pumpkin Caroling.

Dress up in assorted finery, and go house to house singing various halloween-themed songs. Folks are both delighted and surprised.
Raxon 25th Sep 2014, 8:54 PM edit delete reply
Be careful with that. Pick the wrong neighborhood to carol in, and you'll learn why egg sales increase around Halloween.
Malroth 26th Sep 2014, 12:33 AM edit delete reply
Homemade Eggnogg with extra Whiskey?
Super_Big_Mac 26th Sep 2014, 12:12 PM edit delete reply
My neighborhood is at the top of a hill. There is literally two houses, with a third being built. 12 acres of land might be cool, but when there's no one living near you to give candy to... Halloween can be a pretty sad holiday. We're nut even decorating this year.

On a bit better news, the year before last I went trick or treating as Commander Wedge Antilles. Even in or town, it want long before I had a Rebel Alliance of little kids built up, and we went against the 'evil' Empire to see who could get the most loot. My best friend was seeded as Darth Vader, and he'd gathered together all the witches, stormtroopers, and others who'd join him. We meet up at the center of town, our two forces congregating, and then we demanded one another's surrender and candy, then got into a 'fight.' It was awesome because we hadn't planned any of it, he'd just had these ten or so huge cookie platters, and we were handing them out, and got competitive. The epic duel in the main thoroughfare was pretty awesome, though, and some adults got in on the act, throwing candy from the sidelines like confetti, and passing it around to the 'winning' team.
emmerlaus 26th Sep 2014, 10:53 PM edit delete reply
Cosplay is pretty much like Trick or Treat... without the candies. But hey, if your a adult, you can by your own now LOL

I live in a cold country, where their is snow at the end of october and all that. So if I had kids, I would rather plan a Halloween party with their friends, all disguised, with all-you-can-eat candies, movies and a sleep over, with a few ghost stories... all in the confort of my home :)

If you dont have lots of friends, just do a private family party and buy teh game Monster Lab. Very cheep and will keep your child occuppy. The game is not a long term game though so once the game completed, erase it and only play it again on next Halloween. It might sound weird but it worked out for my little cousins. You can replace the game by aby orf your choice, just make sure for them to follow the thematic of Halloween :)