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Halloween Etiquette






Cape? Zara (last season's sales)
Plaid shirt? ?, Winners
Hoodie? F21
Jeans? Gap
Boots? Kenneth Cole, Winners
Belt? Roots, thrifted
Purse with an awesome herd of thundering stallions or mares? Thrifted

Lucky you! Today I am going to post on one of my favourite rant topics.... kids these days! Maybe it's the neighbourhood but I was a little shocked at how rude some kids were on Halloween... kids were being picky about what candy we were giving them! Maybe they are unaware of official Halloween protocol but it goes like this. Accept what is given you with a thank-you and if you don't like what you got, zip it and trade it later with your brother or donate it to your mom. It's not like we were giving away raisins and toothbrushes (Oh Henry's, Nibs and Skittles? Isn't that good?) or we were stingy with our portions (except that one 16 year-old who didn't bother to dress up, so Matt ceremoniously gave him one caramel) but a few told us they didn't like the one kind and they wanted something else. It's ungrateful and I'm angry they brought me down from my sugar high that night. Maybe I am turning into a crotchety old lady but that's not the way I was raised...

Ok, maybe I was raised with so little refined sugar that any candy offered was a treat and so now, unlike those kids, I am not picky about Halloween spoil. I ate all the leftover candy and then got some more at those 50% off sales the next day. Today I'm back in the healthy game but the cape is covering a bit of yesterday's chocolate bloat.

I love my cape for hiding my sugary transgressions but I also like some waist definition. My Mom is a genius for opening up the knit side seams a bit so I could put a belt through the front and leave the back all drapey. I'm a genius for figuring it out and taking advantage of her free labour. When I asked her to fix this cape, I dropped it off and gave her a strict deadline with no allowance for bathroom breaks... and because I was raised right and stuff, I said please.


Sofia said...

What a fabulous idea with the cape and belt. I love the idea of capes, but haven't been able to figure out a way to wear them in a flattering fashion. Also, teenagers were rude to me too when they came trick-or-treating. Darn kids.

Anonymous said...

damn those kids for ruining your sugar high. and i secretly love it that you're turning into a crotchety old lady, because i am too. my neighbors play their music so loud, all i hear is the thudding bass...i get freaking pissed. one night, i called 911 and reported a noise disturbance. no joke. i'm old. this get up is something else, lady...cape and horses? why didn't iiiiii think of that? you're good. so good.

Melanie said...

Where did you find the Oh Henry bars? I've been looking for them for years, and they aren't available in my area at all. They are my absolute favorites (aside from Gilbert Godfrey doing those awful commercials back in the 90s).
I have to say the kids around here were quite appreciative of the candy given out. I gave out candy, stickers and pencils and the little kids liked the non-candy treat better.
Opening up the side seams on that poncho is genius. It adds to much definition to the silhouette.

Unknown said...

I'm totally with you on this kids being rude thing! I was quite angry with trick-or-treaters as well...but for a different reason..when we were younger after 9 was a definite no-no for knocking on peoples doors...but apparently not anymore...I had shut off the outside light...and put my daughter to bed at 9:00...not too long after that I had kids knock on the door...when I didn't answer they started banging and persistently ringing...ugh I was sooo frusterated..but I gave them candy anyways...a lecture is what I should have given them...but I didn't have time for that because by then I had a sleepy child to deal with!!

Julia said...

Nah man, you're right Kids need to respect. I only ever give out chocolate, though, since that's all I ever wanted to eat. I gave my sister all the fruity candy. BUT. You're right. Kids: Zip those traps and smile because you're getting FREE SHIT.

PS Your cape with the half belt is a wonder of architecture.

Em-Jae said...

Aw, I love your layers!!

When did we all start getting so old? -gasp!- Kids these days are total jerk-faces. And hoochies -- have you seen what some of those 15-year-old high school girls wear?! Yikes.

Nadine said...

Yay, my favourite shirt! That side-seam/belt idea is genius. And I would say they'd be a herd of mares - I don't think stallions run in herds.

Can't say I have the Halloween problem - but I am in small-town New Zealand . . I knew all the kids who came to my door and it was all very friendly and civilised. Halloween isn't such a massive deal here.

GS said...

Ah I love oh henrys! those ungrateful little -! I was always taught to say please and thank you too. I mean people are handing out free candy (that is waaaaay overpriced btw) and kids have the nerve to scrunch their faces? I'd be all - here's a can of dried prunes my friend, better luck next year.
I enjoyed that you thought my post said a day at the v-patch and then you CONTINUED to read.. now I know the true Jentine..

Raquelita said...

We only had about 10 kids come to our door, and we had purchased 6 bags of Reese's.... I don't need a cape. I need a snuggie.

I approve of your purse with an awesome herd of thundering stallions or mares! Hell, I approve of this jaunty look in many ways!

Eleanor ~ Shopping The Closet said...

I wasn't going to go here, but since you opened the door dear Jentine....
More than the rude children, I CANNOT STAND people taking their children to shopping malls to trick or treat.
Participating stores hang signs in the windows, yet people troop in incessantly, sending their screaming children in yelling for treats of which there are none.
Some parents actually had the audacity to berate us for not giving their children candy.
Of course when the yelling man is like a size 3XL, I am assuming he is more sad over the lack of candy for himself than for his children.
What happened to kids getting fresh air, going door to door?
Who decided that corporate America should provide sugary snacks because people are too lazy to troll up and down streets?
As far your trick or treaters being ungrateful, why do people feel they are owed something????
Ok, I will get off my soapbox now.
Thanks for the "fury" high.

P.S. I sat in jury duty for 9 hours yesterday on my day off. Hence the crazies. ;)

C said...

Are you freaking kidding me??? KIDS. I would have groveled at your feet for an Oh, Henry when I was a kid. And Skittles? Don't even get me started. I'm shocked. Just shocked.

Also, that is a DAMN cool bag, and that cape is the kewlest (see, I'm using youthful slang. Then maybe they'll respect me).

Rachel H said...

Ummmmm I totally saw you at Sobey's yesterday. I thought to myself "Hey I like that outfit..." and then I was like "Hey that totally looked like Jentine..." and now this post confirmed just that :)
So like I thought...LOVE that outfit :)

Stella said...

No kids came around on Halloween, but a couple of days later we figured out why: people are breaking into houses and apartments in our area, so yeah. I'm not opening the door for ANYBODY.

But, totally agree, kids are buttheads nowadays. When I was a kid, they would always tell me to take what you're given, say thanks and if you don't like it, you'll figure something out later. At least the people went through the trouble of getting something for you, so be nice!

And, if you ever ever ever ever think of giving up your purse or if by any chance you find another one, hey, I would be more than happy to relieve you of it. 8D

Frances Joy said...

Oh, kids. Don't even get me STARTED! You, however, look amazing, The thing with the belt and the cape is so genius.

FutureLint said...

I live in a condo so I don't get trick-or-treaters but if I did, I would get mad about them being rude too! That's crazy! That bag is simply amazing and you're so smart for getting the cape fixed up like that!

Jilliebeanie said...

For REAL! And aren't kids taught to say "Trick or Treat!" when the door opens?

We had a bunch of kids that just stood at the door with their bags open without so much as a greeting to those who were about to drop $$$ worth of candy in their bags.

We did get a few 'thank yous', but I do feel like the art of Trick or Treating has been lost in recent years.

Other thoughts: your cape is fab.

Secondhand Stella said...

We didn't get any trick or treaters so I didn't have to deal w/ any rude kids. Yay!

LOVE that bag!!!!

Farm Girl Fashionista said...

LMAO!!! kids can find me out here! Love your cape and love your writing!!

Also...Thank You for checking out my blog...means the world to're awesome!! =)

Ashley, Lions Lace Lattes said...

What a great idea to modify your cape!!

I have no Holloween kids to complain about. Not one came to my place. I live an apartment building, but still. There are kids that live here. Weird. Guess they just wanted to be outside.

The Suburb Experiment said...

I loooove that bag. And I'm totally turning into the "Get off my lawn you whippersnappers" lady. It was inevitable but happening a lot younger than I thought it would!

heidiluxe said...

YES! i had so many kids reach into my bowl that i was holding almost chest high! and i wouldn't give anything until i actually heard trick or treat come out of their mouths. and the cleavage on some of these 14 year olds? don't even get me started! it was partly jealousy and partly embarassment!

heidiluxe said...

ps. the glove cape shirt combo is nothing short of perfect.

Anonymous said...

Yep, we were so disturbed by the begging teenagers that we haven't left our light on in two years.

We always gave out "Smarties" and "Dum-Dum" suckers, with a mix of chocolate thrown in.

T said...

This post is awesome for so many reasons.

sartoriography said...

You were obviously raised well- you know how to exploit others for capital gain and how to use "please" to make them continue to work for you even though they do so under sweatshop conditions. I think this is what we call owning the means of the reproduction of the means of production. Marx would be impressed by you, I think...or horrified beyond belief.

But who can be horrified by someone in a CAPE?! No one. Well, except people who are afraid of super heroes. I'm not afraid of super heroes, so I'm in love w this outfit. Maybe Marx is afraid of capitalists and super heroes, so he's probably double scared. Marx's moral enemy: SUPER CAPITALIST!

Whoa. I didn't have any candy and I'm nuts. But I'm nuts for this outfit, so it's okay. It's the cape and the boots and, oh man, how very cute you are in that hood. Well done, you.

sartoriography said...

PS: Those kids suck. Fired. You should've poisoned their candy. Except not, because I think some terrible people really actually do that. But not Marx. He doesn't poison people...unless they're capitalists. Thank God we're in the US where, thanks to Obama, everyone is now socialist.

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

You are layering queen today - I love all the textures. Adding the belt is genius.

I agree with you about the kids. If I had been there, they would have got nothing. So I must be more crotchety than you.

Amanda @ Life with A.Co said...

What a great idea with the sweater cape.. thing.

Secondly, what you called that purse is hilarious. '..awesome herd of thundering stallions or mares' - YES. Just YES.

And seriously, that's ridiculous about the childrenzzz. That's terrible. The candy you were giving out was awesome. Minus the Oh Henry's. But that's just me ;P

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Tiffany said...

We purposely left the house to avoid the brats in our neighborhood that night. What's up with kids thinking they can get candy when they don't dress up? That's not what the holiday is about. It's about dressing up and knocking on people's doors (politely) demanding hand-outs.

I adore what you/your mom did to this cape. I've often avoided capes, ponchos and other amorphous garments for that whole "waistless potato sack" look that they bring... but the slit side seams idea is brilliant.

Katie W... said...

It's so true about kids these days! Sadly, when I brought in Dum-Dums and Smarties for my coworkers, I got the following reaction, "Oh, you bought the cheap stuff?!" REALLY?! You're NO LONGER welcome!

rlutz said...

That cape is how you have the fun plaid sleeves peeking out! Also, that bag is so great.
When I took my kids trick or treating I made sure they said please and thank you...some kids just have no manners!

Anonymous said...

I handed a kid a Whooper and his friend yelled, "Oh burn man. Sucks to be you." Like, right in front of my face.

While upset, I was actually more worried that the youth of today may miss out on one of life's true pleasures, a chocolate malt.

amanda h. said...

ok... so many things about this post... umm SO excited about the side seam trick. probably going to rip that off. :)

also... we had the same problem with kids this year. YOUNG kids, too. so picky and so many older kids without costumes. wtf??

WendyB said...

Love that bag!

amanda said...

dude, those kids at your house would REALLY hate the candy i was handing out at my shop. i had to buy loads and loads for the entire town so i had to get some filler. yep, about 600 kids only got one tootsie roll. ONE. and they were the small ones too.
on the other hand, i am all about that cape. really, it's super rad.

Lovers, Saints & Sailors said...

There's something so fantastic about that hood under the cape.

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