Monday, November 2, 2009

Opinions Needed (Halloween Edition)

S and I spent Halloween in St. Louis trick-or-treating with some friends who have kids (don't be jealous). Here's my question:

Have you ever heard that you have to tell a joke when you get candy?

Is this a Midwest thing or a Missouri thing or just a St. Louis thing?

We never did anything like that in Houston. Maybe Houston missed the trend?

When we were kids, you said "trick or treat," you opened your candy bag and complete strangers gave you candy. No need for jokes. Trick or treating was not amateur hour.

Am I the only one who has never heard about this?




Sidenote: I have repeatedly tried to get S to rent a PT Cruiser when we go on trips (it's a matter of principle, people). He always refuses. Then this weekend, he had a lapse of judgment and allowed me to pick the car (something tells me this will never happen again). Here is what we spent the weekend in:

21 comments:

brit @ landlocked bride said...

I don't think it's a St. Louis thing, but then again, I am from St. Louis.

And, I died laughing over the car. That is too funny!

Stephanie said...

1. Guess what, we're in a fight. Nice way to start a Monday, eh? You were in St. Louis? And didn't give me a heads up? Fight.

2. You ::totally:: have to tell a joke to get candy. There is no way that is only St. Louis. But then again, I used to think that every town had an arch when I was little, too. So yeah.

Samma said...

Our only obligation in Tennessee was a costume and Trick or Treat. Joke? Never heard of it.

Lauren said...

I'm not sure where this came from...this SW Missouri girl has never heard of that & didn't have any trick or treaters prepared with a joke either!

Cee said...

Interesting that you should say that since my friend's boyfriend told us on Halloween that his mom makes kids say a joke or sing a song for her when they come trick or treating. I had never heard of it either.

He is from PA so I dunno about the midwest thing.

Annie said...

i've never heard of that, i'm from MN.
too funny about the car! sorry but i'm with your bf, i wouldn't drive one either ;)
hope you two had a great weekend!!

Justine said...

I'm from the Chicago suburbs, and I've never heard of telling a joke!! Weird!!

Southern Champagne Wishes said...

I'm from Tennessee and I've never heard of the joke thing. And I can't believe how PT Cruisers have changed since they first came out!

Kristin said...

What? You have to perform to get your candy? Lunacy!

Allyson said...

i'm from MN and i've never heard of such a thing! working for the candy...doesn't sound like much fun. LOL

nice ride :)

HoustonGurly said...

I've never heard of that tradition... It's a little hinkey, if you ask me.

Hailey {HRH} said...

i have never ever heard that you have to tell a joke when you give candy! haha

what a funny tradition!

It Is Everlasting said...

I'm from STL and can't believe that kids don't have to tell jokes other places! It's so cute watching them get the jokes out. We give out $1 coins and full sized candy bars so they'd better work for it! Hahaa.

Mrs. Sitcom said...

NEVER heard or had to do the joke-for-candy thing :) Also, fun car -- did you like it?

Shanny said...

I never heard of it... in NY its just "trick-or-treat"... unless its a new thing and I don't know about it cause I'm all old now lol

Mrs. Bear said...

No jokes for the kids from new england. we just said trick or treat to get the goods!

Michelle said...

Never heard of that before! In Colorado, California, and Maryland you just say "Trick or Treat" then "Thank You" after you get your candy.

amy kelinda said...

HAHA, the car! And I have never heard of having to tell a joke to get candy. Really? I'd tell my kiddies to tell this joke:

Knock knock.
Who's there?
I KNOW YOU'RE HOME, GIMME CANDY.

mamagooch said...

I've never heard of that! Like... a knock-knock joke? "Thanks for the candy... knock knock... who's there?" Hilarious!

Meaghan said...

Thats my daddy's car..well in silver but same car its actually hard to get used to driving i must say as i have driven it a few times but its pretty nice and completely different which is why he loves it!

Sara said...

This is definitely just a St. Louis thing. I grew up in north eastern Missouri and we did not do the joke thing. Now, I live here in St. Louis and my husband makes the kids tell jokes...and they all have jokes prepared and ready! He said they always had to do that as a kid growing up here. Who knows! I think it's pretty funny though.