We're The Grumpy Neighbors

If you watch The New Girl at all (and if you don't- you should!), you know that one of the main characters -Nick Miller- is known as the grumpy one. His roommates are constantly telling him he's mean, he doesn't smile and he's going to become a grumpy old man before he knows it.

I think Jared and I are turning into Nick Miller. Tonight is Halloween and we will not be passing out candy. And we didn't pass any out last year. Are we bad people?? For not helping innocent little kids celebrate a holiday? Well, let me back up a minute before you judge us. Our first year in our house we spend probably $50 on candy, filled a ginormous tub with it and sat out ready to see cute little kids in costumes and hand out candy for a couple hours.

Now picture this. I'm pulling into my neighborhood after work on trick-or-treat night, about 30 minutes before it starts and there are just masses of people. Masses. Parking in other people's driveways, on side streets, in the abandoned building's parking lot. People, strollers and costumes are EVERYWHERE. Apparently our neighborhood is so large that everyone in town brings their kid to trick-or-treat here. Which would explain why we were wiped out of candy in 45 minutes. $50 only got us 45 minutes?! You've got to be kidding me!!

And don't get me started on the teenagers who smear black eyeliner on and pretend it's a costume and ask for candy. Or the parents with their 8 week old baby holding out a bag for them. I have to seriously put candy in there for your child who has no teeth?! Something is clearly not right here.

So we've officially turned into those grumpy neighbors. Last year we turned out all the lights in the house and hunkered down to watch some scary movies. Tonight? We'll be hitting the gym and then watching our Bengals in the primetime spot tonight against the Miami Dolphins. Sorry kids, we're the grumpy neighbors and we don't have candy.

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  1. We are those neighbors too! I tried to be a good neighbor the first year we lived there and was pretty excited. But not only was it annoying to go up and down the stairs every time the door bell rang (and I wasn't just going to sit there and wait for them), I spent SO much money on candy and then had way too much leftover. Candy in my house is a no no because I will then eat all of the candy. I don't blame you one bit!

    PS - Go Bengals ;)

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  2. 50 dollars for 45 minutes?! That's INSANE! Can't wait to NOT celebrate Halloween tonight with you but a Bengals W!!!! ;) mwahhh!

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  3. Same with us! We did it one year and then never again for the same exact reason! I remember I used to get so mad at people like us! Hahaha

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  4. "Hey kids! Get off my lawn!" -Jared

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  5. That's crazy! I don't blame you one bit... and I love what you said about the 8 week old babies lol. I had a hard time convincing myself it was okay to take Cole this year, but he has 8 teeth and we only stopped at a few places. He LOVED the suckers, though! Have fun tonight... WHO DEY!!!!

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  6. you know how i feel about this! And we are these neighbors as well. Our neighborhood gets an insaine amt of kids and I don't feel like dealing w. it lol

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  7. Hahahaha! You sound like my mother! She is the world's biggest grump about handing out candy! One year she had adults (she swears they were in their 30's-40's, not teens) trick or treating without kids! She was SO mad that they stopped handing out candy, too!
    We just aren't ever home (maybe we plan it that way??) to hand out candy ;)

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  8. I LOVE New Girl. It's so funny! I definitely don't blame you for not passing out candy. That's crazy.

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  9. We've been in our house for 8 years and we have never had a single trick-or-treater. We live out in the middle of nowhere, so no one comes anywhere near our house. :) somehow it doesn't stop me from buying candy ... I need to stop that habit.

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  10. Hey mister and mrs grumpy gills ;)!

    Go Bengals !

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  11. For your child with no teeth? That made me laugh but so true! I like handing out to the cute younger kids but close up shop when the older kids start coming later on..

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  12. I am house sitting for my mom and she bought me 800 pieces to hand out. It will be gone in about an hour, maybe an hour and a half. Their neighborhood is flooded with kiddos. It is fun when it is young kids who are really excited and want to tell you about their costume. I love handing out the candy. She has a big front porch, so I just hang out with some friends and bottle of wine and pass out candy. If I were at my own house, I would be turning off the lights though. Mine just isn't as cozy and close-knit. But, I only live 2 miles away; crazy, huh?!

    Love your blog!!!

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  13. At first I was like whatttt? But after you explained I'd totally do the same thing! That's crazy that so many people come! And I agree with you about the teenagers and infants and their parents..like come on!

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  14. Totally get what u are saying.. Especially about the teens and babies... But I have a feeling when u have kids you will have a change of heart lol..

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  15. The Petty's will also not be participating in Halloween affairs. Last year I was SO excited for trick or treaters and I ended up with three and a basket of candy., It was heartbreaking!

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  16. Hahahaha. This is great!!! I would do the same thing especially if it was for kids that weren't even in my neighborhood!!! Uhm, my candy would only support the neighborhood kids!!
    We don't get any trick-or-treaters where I live...since I live off of a busy street in Hyde Park. Kids don't usually want to walk down a busy street to get to my dead end street. So we've been trick-or-treat free for five years!! woohoo! :)

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  17. We don't get any trick-or-treaters, but when we lived in the suburbs we would seriously turn out our lights and practically hide in the house or just go out so we weren't there.

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  18. Ha!! Love it. I bought $5 worth and candy and will be turning our lights off and eating it all myself ;)

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  19. hahaha this year we only got two small bags of candy and then we're going out to the bar when it's out, end of story :-)

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  20. and nick miller comparison? truth. I loveeeee him!

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  21. Grumpy Nick Miller is THE BEST!!! Haha, I don't blame you for not handing out candy. We did it for a couple years, but then it just got old. I'd rather buy one bag of candy and eat it myself!! :)

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  22. I love Nick Miller. And I don't blame ya, girl! :) Save those pennies and the candy for yourselves!

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  23. We aren't ever home on Halloween. We make stops at the grandparents' houses and go trick-or-treating in my parents' neighborhood. They live on a cul-de-sac and have about 20 houses. It's just the right amount of candy for my kids.

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  24. i love Nick Miller! and I wouldn't blame you for not handing out candy. $50 for 45 minutes to give candy to strangers?! doesn't add up. Dave Ramsey would probably be on your side on this one too!

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  25. My neighborhood gets a lot of the teenagers with like no costume thinking it's ok to get candy. And the baby babies! They have no teeth that candy is NOT for them!
    Ah that'll be me as soon as the big kids come around.

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  26. I need to watch this! I haven't yet!!

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

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  27. 1 - New Girl is the most amazing show EVER.
    2 - That 45 minute thing is CRAZY! I don't really know what to expect, so I just bought 2 bags and hoping for the best! We're probably just going to put it outside with a sign since we don't want the bell waking Abbie up!

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  28. I bought a $20 bag of candy (don't even get me started on that) to hand out tonight and I have a feeling it's not going to last long at all. Going to be more creative next year!

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  29. Wow. that's nuts!!! I was just thinking about this cause my mom and I are going over to my uncle's to see my cousins in their costumes and my dad is traveling for work. Noone will be home to give out candy, even though my bought tons!!! so that's not good. I hope she'll put it in a bowl on the porch so there's none left when we get home. I don't want that shit in the house! hahah Happy Halloween!

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  30. Blahaha! So your technically protesting Halloween?! :) Love me some New Girl!!

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  31. I LOVE NEW GIRL, and I LOVE NICK! he's my favorite.

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  32. I've never thought about the baby thing before now! That makes so much sense. We are the youngest couple in our neighborhood and only have a furry 4 legged child, so I dont bother buying candy. Until tomorrow when it's on super sale and I get some "for my boyfriend" ;)

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  33. Wow! You have the same neighborhood that my Parents do. It's insane.. but what is real crazy is that the teenagers think it's cool to "trick or treat" until about 10:30pm. That's just not right to me. For years, my Mother has not wanted to participate in Halloween and my Father has been a sucker and placed a bowl on the porch with candy, just hoping that people would be kind enough to just take one piece and be on their way-- yeah, well he's about to turn 71 and apparently doesn't know that times aren't the same as they were when he was a kid! Thankfully, we live in a Condo Community that you must obtain a code for if you want to get inside-- I just don't want to spend money on others when I don't even eat candy. I'm not mean, I'm sometimes grumpy, but I am cheap. Tonight we will go with my Godson (almost 7 mos) and his brother and cousins to trick or treat but I will not be collecting candy nor would I ever dream of it. It's just the dressing up and memories that I enjoy. Happy Halloween-- enjoy your gym time and scary movies!!! XO

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  34. i really need to sit down and binge watch New Girl. I catch an episode here and there and always think it's hilarious but i want to start it from the beginning. oh, and we never hand out Halloween candy. oops :/

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  35. I don't blame you at all. Candy is expensive! We live in seminary housing where trick or treating and anything Halloween related really isn't allowed. I think one day when I do have kids, I just want to do community or church events rather than the door to door trick or treating. I did it growing up, but I also lived in a small town where everybody knew everybody.

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  36. I don't blame you at all. You are not grumpy neighbors! We don't do candy either.

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  37. I went and ate at Bob Evans for Halloween. And then I binge watched Parks and Rec. HALLOWEEEN!!

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  38. I went with my two year old and he had a blast! I totally get why you guys didn't offer candy, it's completely understandable! And $50 honestly could be better spent on a bill or something! :)

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  39. $50 wasn't enough?!?! That definitely does not make you a grumpy neighbor! We got a $10 bag and it was barely touched (but when you live in a town with 329 people I guess that's what happens!)

    p.s. I was all ready to comment on your post today ON TIME and there isn't one. This worries me because of what happened last night. So know that I LOVE YOU and the bengals win every game in my heart (awwwwww).

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  40. I'm gonna go against most of these comments and say that YES, you guys are the grumpy ones! :)

    Babies? Ehh, it's annoying but I get it... they're new parents and they don't want to miss out on their babies first holiday. A little bit ridiculous perhaps, but they're just joining in the traditions. Same with teenagers... I'm probably wayy in the minority here but I don't care if they don't dress up and just want candy... it's a holiday and they want to be out with their friends having fun too even though they're passed the stage of dressing up.

    Candy for everyone, I say!

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  41. I totally hear you, its crazy expensive, and I can't stand giving to the teenagers and babies, makes no sense

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  42. Haha I hear you! I purposely went out to dinner with friends and when I got home turned all the lights off in case there were any kids still out. I would have liked to pass out candy if my husband had been home... I'm a baby. :)

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  43. Hahaha! I would have done the same thing. You should just stock up on half-off candy from this year and save it for next year! Does candy go bad?

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  44. We did pass out candy, but I am still the grumpy neighbor :( I unfortunately live on a cul-de-sac (Knots Landing like) that is super clicky = we aren't friends. I can't stand clicks!

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