#100WW — The Annual Halloween Picnic

“I promise to get it done,” Bonnie said.

“You didn’t get the word out, yet?” Laurie said. “Halloween is just three days away. You said you’d disseminate the info to everyone that the picnic at the park this year is canceled due to the pandemic.”

“This whole virus thing is chilling to me,” Bonnie said. “So many sick, so many dying.”

“Well, it’s probably just as well, “Laurie said. “Everyone gets drunk and causes quite a fracas at this event, anyway.”

“Maybe this nightmare will end soon and we can return to our jocular selves again,” Bonnie said.

“Yeah, right.”

(100 words)


Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: Bikurgurl. Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (promise), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (disseminate), Word of the Day Challenge (chilling), Ragtag Daily Prompt (fracas), and Your Daily Word Prompt (jocular).

MLMM Photo Challenge — Thriller

PPO ppmThriller“What are you doing?” Cheryl asked her boyfriend, Josh.

“I’m practicing,” Josh answered.

“Practicing what?”

“Thriller.”

“Thriller? What are you talking about?”

“My sister’s wedding,” Josh answered.

“I still don’t understand.”

“Her wedding is on Halloween night, so all of the extended family members are getting together and we’re going to surprise her at the reception by getting out on the dance floor and dancing the choreography to Michael Jackson’s song, Thriller.”

“Oh that is so cool!” Cheryl said. “Can I join in? After all, I’m your girlfriend.”

“Sure,” Josh said, “but you have to learn the steps.”

“Show me,” Cheryl demanded.

“Okay stand like this, with your feet apart, your knees bent, and your hands up over your head, as if you’re a zombie.”

Standing next to Josh, Cheryl mimicked his stance. “Like this?” she asked.

“Perfect,” Josh said. “You’re a natural.”


Written for this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Google.

Fibbing Friday Halloween Edition

Fibbing FridayFrank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as host for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in your responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and here are his questions.

1. Why is October the tenth month rather than the eighth as its name implies?

Because counting hadn’t been invented when they named the months back in prehistoric days.

2. Why is Halloween on October 31st?

Because it’s not too hot and not too cold on October 31st. As Goldilocks said right before encountering the big, bad wolf at her grandmother’s house, “It’s just right.”

3. What exactly is “Pumpkin Spice”?

It’s what happens when pumpkins procreate.

4. How did the tradition of carving Jack-o’-lanterns start?

It dates back to Jack the Ripper when he would carve up his victims as if they were pumpkins.

5. Why are they called “Jack-o’-lanterns”?

To pay homage to the aforementioned Jack the Ripper.

6. Why is National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in April when National Poetry Day is October 3rd?

You know how poets are, right? They totally lose track of time.

7. What’s the big deal about Columbus Day?

You know, a lot of people are asking that same question these days.

8. Why do kids trick-or-treat on Halloween?

Because if they dressed up in outlandish costumes, wore masks to hide their identity, knocked on random people’s doors, and demanded candy on any other night, they’d be apprehended by ICE and thrown into cages at a juvenile detention center.

9. According to at least one Internet source, October 30th is National Candy Corn Day. Why?

The National Association of Candy Corn Manufacturers paid off that internet source to proclaim October 30th as National Candy Corn Day.

10. What happens to all the candy corn that doesn’t get eaten?

It all gets returned to the National Association of Candy Corn Manufacturers, where they grind up the uneaten candy corn and donate it to ICE in order to feed kids who were apprehended trick or treating on a night other than Halloween and who were shipped off to and caged in juvenile detention centers. Yeah, I know. That’s wrong on so many levels.

Truthful Tuesday — Trick or Treat

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know…

What are your thoughts on trick-or-treating this year? Should Halloween be “canceled,” or should it be allowed to go on as normal?

For the past dozen years my wife and I lived in an urban section of the city. Every year I would buy a couple of bags of Halloween candy and every year we would get zero trick or treaters. Which meant that every year over the past dozen years, I’d have candy miniatures to snack on through the whole month of November.

In February we moved to a suburban neighborhood and there are lots of kids around here. In a normal year, I would expect a boatload of trick or treaters to ring our bell, and I would have plenty of candy to pass out. But this is not a normal year and I have no idea what to expect.

I do know that were we parents of young children — ours are grown up and out on their own — I would not permit them to go trick or treating this year. And, given that the pandemic seems to be continuing unabated, I think it would be wise to have our town officially cancel trick or treating.

But this is America and Americans balk at anyone taking away their “God given rights,” including their right to have their kids go trick or treating. So I’m going to buy a couple of bags of Halloween candy and wear a mask when I answer the door just in case any kids do come up to our house and ring the bell. Hopefully there won’t be that many and I’ll have enough candy miniatures to snack on through the whole month of November.

Trick-or-Treater Tally

FCAC1124-129C-4375-B5D1-09B7A828A63BLast night was Halloween, a night when boys and girls dress up in scary, funny, and cute costumes and travel from house to house, asking for treats with the phrase “Trick-or-treat.”

My wife and I were prepared for Halloween night and all of the little trick-or-treaters who would come knocking at our door, would say “trick-or-treat,” and would eagerly hold out a sack or plastic pumpkin for us to drop candy into. Earlier in the day we bought three large bags of “fun-sized” candy bars: Snickers, Mounds, and KitKats.

I figured, just for grins and giggles, I’d keep an hourly tally of the number of trick-or-treaters who came to our door last night.

  • Between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. — 0 trick-or-treaters
  • Between 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. — 0 trick-or-treaters
  • Between 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. — 0 trick-or-treaters
  • Between 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. — 0 trick-or-treaters
  • After 9:00 p.m. — 0 trick-or-treaters

Bottom line, we didn’t have a single trick-or-treater come to our door. None, nada, zip, zero!

But hey, that’s okay. Now my wife and I will be set to each have a Snickers, a Mounds, and a KitKat every day between now and Thanksgiving! Mmm.7F7C3276-88DF-4DD8-9967-D126720CFF8C