What do you give for Trick or Treat?
Growing up in
Since moving to
Co-workers would question me the following Monday to see if the strange thing in their kids bucket came from me, yes, most of the time they did. (But seriously, folks in this town give creative items out, from comic books, to baseball cards)
Since 2003, I have been in town for Halloween for the odd years only. I’ve given away a cast pewter token as my treat item. It is quarter sized, so the kids think they are getting something expensive, but as they leave and reach into their plastic pumpkin then reality sinks in as they read it. I remember one young fellow who was walking away saying to his mom, wow a quarter, well no…so the mom says, Well what does it say….It says, “Listen to your Parents”…then his mom replied “Well, I guess you got tricked!”
Using 2×2 inch Corian® sample blocks that I bought in quantity on a popular internet auction site, I’ve gotten them simply engraved at a local trophy shop. The obverse with a pumpkin and the legend: HALLOWEEN,
In 2003, I used “Be Good to Others”, in 2005: “Listen to your Parents” and for 2007 they will be getting “Choose Wisely.” The tokens are dated on the reverse. I cast about 325 each year. And each year I have been giving that many out!
For ten years some of my co-workers have warned me that my line of cedar trees will get egged or TPd, however, I think that making a simple token, similar to a pocket angel, has been a fun way to share the hobby with the next generation.
Oh, yes, I dress up too, but you’ll have to come into town to see that. The date for Iola is Sunday, October 28th from 2-4 in the afternoon. Be there or be square!