#367 – Sweet

When I got old enough to go out trick-or-treating by myself I would get bags and bags of candy. I would first hit my neighborhood and then work my way out in criss-cross pattern. I had to come back to home base a few times to unload my haul when it got too heavy. I would make a mental note of who had the best stuff and at the end of the night I would switch costumes and hit them up a final time. The funny thing is that the candy would last me a full year. I could never actually eat it all. I would eat a few pieces a day but eventually I would run out of the top quality candy and lose interest in the rest. When Halloween came the next year I would have to dump out the solid chunk of congealed candy from the orange plastic pumpkin in my room to make room for fresh goodies.

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  1. A Captain says:

    Man, Hallowe’en is the grossest holiday ever. So much candy. I can’t believe how old I feel that a giant bag of candy doesn’t excite me.

    So. Much. Candy. Bleerrrrrgh.

    But I’m gonna dress up as a robo-saurus tomorrow and hand out the candy. It’s gonna be sweet.

  2. A Captain says:

    Er, the event is going to be sweet. I mean, so’s the candy, but that’s a given. It’s gonna be… ROCKIN’ AWESOME? That’s better.

  3. Envious Luna says:

    I still trick-or-treat (I’m in high school). My friends and I try to be entertaining and sing Halloween songs at every house, so that we don’t seem like mooch kids. Which we pretty much are, but we just like something to do. Parties get old, and there’s not much to do in this town. So we try and fit our costumes into a theme, and go as a group. The best part of it is, a lot of times we get people who say “Oh my god, you guys are the first ones we’ve had all night! Here, have the whole bowl.” So we have lots and lots of candy to share.

  4. Imaginary says:

    I love halloween, it’s my favorite holiday, I can dress up in my favorite cloths (generally from different periods or even countries) and no one blinks an eye. XD

    I have seriously begun to lose faith in this holiday’s strength over people though… I’ve stayed home the last several years to monitor the candy bowl, mostly I’ll see one, maybe two groups of children actually in costume, the rest come in street cloths. This year I’m old enough to deny those without costumes and by gum, if they don’t wear something I can’t reconize from the regular cloths in most stores they won’t get even a candy crack! (what I call candy corn. >>;; ))

  5. Bunnyman says:

    Our neighborhood is small and full of psychos so no one really trick-or-treats between age 10 (when most kids can traverse the neighborhood alone) and age 15 (when they can kick anyone who comes too close into next week) so yeah, we’ve got a bunch of seven year olds and a bunch of teens running around getting candy. I lost interest ate age 12 when I realized no one here wanted to give out candy anymore and all I got was three pennies and school supplies. Friggin’ candy hoarders.

  6. Chuck says:

    I’m working tomorrow so no trick-or-treating for me. Last 2 years I couldn’t trick-or-treat because I was away at school. I want to get in some trick-or-treating before I start looking my age, darnit! (I’m 20 but if I hide my chest with a baggy sweater I can pass for as young as 13. Without the sweater, most guess 16.)

  7. Dan says:

    I’m wondering why trick-or-treat is a link to Wikipedia. Who out there doesn’t know that trick-or-treet is by now? Chances are that person can’t read, much less use the link provided.

  8. Soulofaqua says:

    Well I know about trick or treat because today is my birthday and I like some horror so my parents would always go a bit deeper in Halloween then the rest of holland. We in Holland don’t celebrate halloween so not so much peeps know what it is nor what day it is. In America I could easily say that my birthday is on halloween but here in holland that will only raise more questions so Dan a whole lot more people do NOT know Halloween then that they know ESPECIALLY the trick or treating part wich we dutch always do on Saint Martins day(or in dutch Sint Maarten)

  9. Micah says:

    I reminded of a song that was sung while I was substitute teaching for Kinder and first:

    If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops,
    oh what a rain that would be.
    Standing outside with my mouth opened wide.
    Ah. Ah. Ah. Ah. Ah. Ah. Ah. Ah. Ah. Ah.

    …Stupid Barney…

  10. Morzikei says:

    It’s Halloween? Guess I had autumn vacation for a bit too long. I never look forwar to Halloween, because we don’t have this here. Well, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow is still gonna be a blast – going to the cemetery, watching Halloween movies on TV (only time they show them)… Oh, but I would like that big pile of candy to nearly hit me. Would be nice of Biff.

  11. Charlotte says:

    I’d forgotten that it was Halloween today (Until every webcomic I read mentioned it) I live in England so trick-or-treating isn’t as big here (The big thing for us around this time is bonfire night on Nov 5th where we all light fires and firworks) I went trick-or-treating once with a group of my sister’s friends (about 11 of us) and we scared some of the neighbours just by being such a large group.

  12. dragonbrad says:

    Thats my idea!! But a candy canon would work to right.

    I amgoing to be a lawyer, I am going to have claws and fangs and a blood capsul in my mouth.

  13. dragonbrad says:

    can you make pop corn out of candy corn, biff could.

    whats the worst thing you can get for holloween, everyone. ( candy, toys,etc)

    My least favorite is the toothbrush and those stupid stickers, you cant eat stickers, and no one wants to brush theyre teeth anymore, so why bother handing them out.

  14. silversaraph says:

    I wonder if anyone actually does a trick when someone comes? They always say “Trick or Treat!” but I wonder how mad they would be if right after they said that, a water balloon fell on them. 🙂

  15. Radical Edward says:

    I just turned 20 and I still pass for 11-12 years old. DAMN MY BABY FACE! Still, I’m thinking of trick-or-treating (as Paris Hilton. She’s creepy when upset).

    Of course, I can imagine the sticky mess that lands far away in the next neighborhood.

  16. thewho1 says:

    I’m going to stand outside my house with a hosepipe just for trick or treaters. That’s how we do it in England….If they make it to the front door, they deserve sweets.

  17. MaskedMan says:

    The holiday isn’t what it was. When I was a kid, you made your own costumes (or had your mother do so… 😉 ), and the creativity was amazing. I went as a giant rat, a saracen pirate, a proper (stage makeup) ghoul, Robby the Robot, and so on… We hauled home literal pillow-cases full of loot. And in those times, no one was worried about weirdos poisoning or hurting kids, so a lot of the loot was homemade, and very good. Cookies, popcorn balls, rice-crispy treats, and more. Even the bought candy was full-sized. Pranks were only meted out where deserved, and were creative and elaborate.

    Today? Store-bought costumes (if any at all), cheesy ‘fun’ sized (less than a mouthful) candy, and such lameness. Even the pranks are second-rate and thoughtless.

    Someone get my cane and rocking chair – this ol’ geezer wants to tell you about going to school barefoot in the snow*, next.

    Whippersnapers.

    *Actually not far from the truth, in my case.

  18. Gobbledegook says:

    When I wasa kid I would spend hours on homemade costumes that almost never turned out right; a couple times I had to explain what I was. The best costume I ever wore was a cardboard box: I cut a slot for my arms and wore a backpack underneath. I didn’t have to go home to unload at all that year, and got the biggest haul of my life. I was staggering under the weight of all the candy by the time I got home.

    However, I didn’t fully appreciate Halloween until my first college costume party at my Tae Kwon Do dojang, when my sensei (who was a real Hottie) dressed up as a sexy warrior nun for class and a party afterwards. She convinced all the other students in my dojang to dress in attire that would allow for fighting. There were a lot of spandex-clad French maids, nurses, ballerinas in leotards, even a Wonder Woman.
    *happy sigh*

  19. Seraphine says:

    Blindfold the little beggars and
    give them sticks so they think
    their friends are pinadas, then
    catapult them with stale candy.

  20. Reapaninja says:

    I’m 15 yet I still want to trick or treat 😀 all the kids in our little cul-de-sac go round and we get enough sweets to last me for 3 WHOLE DAYS. and my stomach hoardes sweets.

    I’m going as a T-shirt ninja 😀

  21. Paul says:

    Hah, good thinking, Biff! I wonder what kind of candy he’s giving out. I don’t see any Snickers in there!! Arrr!

  22. Kanki-chan says:

    Well,I’m sad. On college campus, I could onlyget my Sand ninja headband, and besides a friend who dressed up as a Zombie, I haven’t seen anyone dress up :’-(. Plus, the nearest place to trick or treat is about 5 miles away, so no trick or treating for me.

    I did lovehaving the costumes tho, even though my parents “stopped” me from trick-or-treating when I was eleven. WAY too soon, in my opinion

  23. Hero of Hyla says:

    I wanted to bring my costume to school today, but I was worried that no one else would. Now that I’m here, I’ve seen Jusus, a nunja turtle, and link, along with some other things.

  24. As of almost two weeks ago, I’ve moved from Canada to Norway. The Halloween thing is nowhere near as big over here, though it’s growing. I’ve only seen a handful of people wandering around in costumes tonight. I am proud to say that I am currently dressed up, if just a little bit. Wearing my tiger sweater and some cardboard ears that I made. The clawed gloves made typing near-impossible, so I took them off.

    Every single one of my costumes has been homemade. By my mother for the first few years, then by me. Best one is this one.

  25. Henry says:

    I’m a long time reader, first time poster, but when checking some webcomic updates i noticed this and thought of you Chris:
    http://www.basketcasecomix.com/?p=576
    Enjoy.

  26. Graceofbass says:

    At my university the symphony orchestra does a special Halloween Concert series. It’s basically a pops concert with bad acting from our directors 🙂 But there are always amazing soloists and it’s really funny. Something fun about being in the orchestra is that it is mandatory that everyone be in costume. I’ve been doing it for 4 years (this is my fourth and last year) and I’ve been a plumber, Hogwarts student (the theme music was from the Harry Potter movie that year), Broadway chorus line dancer (in a tux), the evil stepmother from Cinderella, and this year I’m doing a Renaissance Juliet-style dress. It’s fun, but after playing in 6 concerts I’m starting to get tired…

  27. Kit-Kun says:

    Bow to the foxes!!!! I’m going to be one… ^~^

  28. Chivalrybean says:

    I dressed up as a ninja for work today. I had to explain myself. My boss thought I was a no show.

  29. Garrett says:

    I’ve dressed up as a fox!
    This photo is from a cartoon festival, but it was the most convenient photo to grab. Oh yah, and the people behind me are dressed funny too.
    The costume is now a window decoration for Halloween.

  30. PsychoDuck says:

    Wait’ll he whips out the cotton candy ballistas 😮

    The Duck Has Spoken.

  31. Dr. Doom says:

    Sigh… This is almost intelligent, but since there’s noone in Biff World Beside Biff, then I guess that noone will notice.

  32. dragonbrad says:

    Yes, i was able to hold some guys skunk, silversaraph

  33. I’ve been reading this on and off for a while, but this is my first comment. Somebody (I’m too lazy to scroll up and check who) asked if anyone doesn’t know what trick-or-treat is.

    Well, here in Finland we don’t celebrate Halloween like in America, but we do celebrate around the same time what we call Pyhäinpäivä, which is in English either “Day of the Holy” or “Day of the Saints”. It doesn’t involve much actual festivity, mostly we just remember our dead and visit their graves to light candles in their memory.
    But some people, especially the kids and the young adults who want to jam some extra party to the darkness of the fall, have adopted Halloween as their own holiday and keep costume parties with their friends (and thanks to them we now have yet another extra season when they sell useless low quality crap at high prices).

    In Finland kids wander around dressed up as ‘trullis’, witches, around Easter, handing out willow twigs to people, wishing happy Easter, and asking for candy as a reward for their blessing.
    This is a combination of two opposite Easter traditions from older times, dressing up as a witch (cursing) and handing out willow twigs (blessing).

    If you want more information on the subject, learn Finnish and read the Finnish Wikipedia article on “pääsiäisnoita” (Easter witch). 🙂

  34. connman says:

    Our candy shall block out the sun,
    “then we shall trick or treat in the shade.”

  35. KZero says:

    Nice one connman ^^

    Beekiller-Johanna, a combination of what you described (day of the holy) and Halloween equals out roughly to the Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). I want to try one of their sugar skulls…

  36. jykcor says:

    ^ dragonbrad WAAAAAYYYYYY UP THERE

    you got that idea from billy and mandy, right? stupid 16 year old rememberance quality…

  37. faeriian says:

    man i remember when i was a kid i dressed up as a red devil for halloween and this woman answered the door and she started screaming u could see the fear in her eyes as she ran bk into the house i stood there trying to understand wtf just happened the costume wasnt even good quality..

  38. tolkafox says:

    Biff loads his cereal onto his anti-soggy catapult.

  39. BrainpanSonata says:

    *holds out a giant pillowcase* I’m open, Biff, I’M OPEN!

  40. Marscaleb says:

    I’M GOING TO BIFF’S HOUSE FOR HALLOWEEN THIS YEAR!!!

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