Thursday, October 31, 2013

IKEA Light Saves Halloween

As darkness fell, I turned on the orange lights strung on my house and the pumpkin lights lining my walkway.Then I flipped the switch for the all-important porch light... and got nothing. It wasn't the bulb; the light was not working.

Any other day of the year, it wouldn't be a big deal. But on Halloween, the official welcome to trick-or-treaters is the porch light. Even with lights on the house and the walkway, trick-or-treaters might skip my house... leaving me with pounds of candy. Although the thought of keeping all the candy for myself made me momentarily gleeful, sense took over.

IKEA Hemma to the rescue! I ran the light-bulb-on-a-string style cord out through the living room window and placed the bulb inside the broken light fixture. It looked a bit ridiculous, but it served the purpose of luring trick-or-treaters to my lair.
Bane's lair
Bulb sitting inside the broken light; cord running in through the window. Classy! :P
Alas, the weather was about as cooperative as the porch light. It's 45F (7C) and very windy, and not many trick-or-treaters ventured out into the cold night. I have quite a bit of candy left over after all.

The obvious solution is to get a job so I can give the candy to my new co-workers. :)

13 comments:

  1. At least you made your best to get rid of all the candy. We are the only one in our neighbourhood that do something fun in our garden. But as we live a bit off, no one visits for trick or treating :(. Happy Halloween.

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    1. I grew up in a house that is a bit isolated. It was a new experience for me moving into a more traditional subdivision with sidewalks and neighborhood schools. I like it for the most part, though sometimes I can feel my neighbors staring at me when I'm in the front yard. :P

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  2. Great idea, very clever of you and IKEA!! And you can always send your leftover candy to us, heheheh!!

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    1. Ha ha! I have to find someone to give it to, as it's mostly chocolates that I don't really like. I know better than to buy my favorites. ;)

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  3. Yay IKEA to the rescue!! No one ever comes to my house since it's on top of a mountain and the little kids don't want to walk all that way. My friend and I did watch some scary movies and eat some candy though so it was fun!

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    1. I suppose I can't blame them for not wanting to walk up a mountain. ;) Scary movies and candy are a fun Halloween combo!

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  4. I wonder if it's becoming less and less popular these days to go door-to-door trick or treating? We only got two kids. I heard on the radio that all the malls were swamped with people going store-to-store for candy. Seriously? Where's the fun in that?!

    I'm giving the leftover candy to the youngest to take to her job - if there's any left by the time I get it to her. Who knew I'd like Angry Bird Gummies that much? :P

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    1. I think it is becoming less popular. For safety reasons, I suppose. Or maybe parents would rather sip a Starbucks coffee in the mall while their kids run around in a sugar-induced mania.

      Mmm, gummies. I like fruit candies better than chocolate (shocking, I know!).

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  5. Yay for Ikea! Around where I lived as a kid we never trick or treated, it was a small out of the way neighbourhood and we were usually the only kids.

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    1. Those light cords are awesome. They're the perfect substitute for the nonexistent overhead lights in my house.

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  6. You could make leftover candy cookies.

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    1. I'm afraid baking cookies is well beyond my culinary skill, which maxes out at boiling eggs and cooking frozen pizza. I'm basically useless in the kitchen. :P

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