Halloween: How to get the most candy while Trick-or-Treating!

 Hello everyone! Nature Nerd here. Halloween is TODAY! I am busy preparing to trick or treat. I have my costume, my trick-or-treat bag, but most of all, a strategy. A strategy is vital if you want to get the most candy. If you don’t have a strategy, then, you are in luck! Here are my top five tips on how to get the most candy on halloween:

Number 5

 Have a good costume! Having a good costume is important if you want to get lots of candy. Go for an original, homemade costume. According to U.S.A. Today, the most popular boys costume of 2019 is spiderman and the most googled is also spiderman. The most popular girls costume is Elsa from Frozen and Harley Quinn is the most googled. IT chapter two costumes and inflatable T-rex costumes are also popular (But people love inflatable T-rexes). Do something original like a bubblegum machine or some kind of food. You can make something to hide your legs and you can make fake legs, that way it looks like you are flying. You can be flying in a hover machine or maybe even a hot air balloon. BUT don’t be too original. You don’t want people to ask, “So, what are you supposed to be?” Characters you create yourself can be cool, but I recommend not doing that, because people want to see their favorite characters or something they can connect with. You can also go as twins such as peanut butter and jelly or salt and pepper. You can go as groups of more than two as well. People will love it! Older folks will also love old cartoons such as Popeye, the Addams Family, or Scooby Doo. Although, the most important tip on a costume is to have a costume. Almost one hundred percent of the time, you will not get any candy if you don’t have a costume. Even if those hats that say “this is my costume,” look like a good joke, it depends on who you go to and who will think it is funny enough to give candy to that person. 


Number 4

 Keep the number of group members to a minimum! One of my pet peeves is slow walkers. If you want to invite ten people to trick or treat then you can, but you won’t get as much candy that way. Too many people means that people are most likely going to walk slowly which wastes a lot of time. Also, to many people means that it will take longer at each house. CNN claims that over 172 million Americans participate in Halloween every year. That is a lot of people and a lot of time to take up. I would suggest no more than four or five people. If you’re parents are coming with you they might walk slower or start to talk to other adults. If you come across a pipestem or another fork in the neighborhood road, then you can tell your parents to stay at the top of the pipestem while you go fast to all the houses and meet them at the top. Ta-da! More candy.


Number 3

 Don’t take too long at each house! Yes, I know. We can all be picky when it comes to candy. Although, taking more time at each house means that you will not cover more houses. Which in result, means you won’t get as much candy. If someone answers the door and says, “Pick what you would like?” Most people would take around a minute to pick out their candy. Just pick the first thing you see, then later you and your friends can trade your candy around to see who wants what. If you want to pick something you like, then give yourself around 5 seconds. Now listen, I am a huge animal-lover, if they have a dog or a cat don’t take the time to stop and pet it. You may pet it quick, but don’t start a conversation about what breed, where the owner got the pet, what the pet’s name is, etc. 


Number 2

 Don’t take just one! I know some people will say that this is mean, but there is a solution. Don’t be too mean and take the whole bowl, unless it is past eight-thirty at night. That way most of the small children are going to bed, so you don’t have to worry about the house not having enough candy for everyone. Take around one or two handfuls. Maybe three if they have more than one bowl of candy out. My family always puts around four or five bowls outside so we don’t run out of candy for the trick-or-treaters. Get as much candy as you can, without being mean, because we need our stash to last until June. 


Number 1

 THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS…to use your own money to buy a huge bag of candy at a grocery store. Just Kidding! The most important thing is to have a set route. You don’t have to map out the whole neighborhood, but you can if you want to. Try your best to get to the houses with the king-sized bars as soon as possible, but don’t skip houses. If you think it will save time to skip an area and came back to it, then you are wrong. You are most likely not going to come back to that area, because you will probably forget about it or be too far away to come back. Don’t waste your time on houses that don’t have decorations or don’t have their indoor lights on, because most of the time they won’t have candy. Make sure you walk fast, but don’t run. If you run a lot then your feet will start to hurt and it will be harder to keep going. Make sure you have a big bag that can fit a lot of candy or you can have a smaller bag and leave a bigger bag with your parents if they are coming as well. 


 Those were my tips on how to get the most candy on Halloween. Here is a bonus tip: Have a good hiding spot for your candy. You don’t want your parents or other people to steal your candy that you worked hard to get. Make sure to measure your bag after you go trick-or-treating or count the pieces of candy you got. Tell me, what is the most amount of candy you have ever gotten? Write your answer in the comments. Also, tell me some of your Halloween stories and what you were for Halloween this year. I am interested to hear from you. Please leave a link to your blog in the comments as well, so I can repay the visit. Thanks for reading. I wish you a Happy Halloween. Go and get that candy, troops! Nerd out! 😛

Halloween: The Pumpkin Patch


 Did I scare you? Probably not, because you are reading this on a blog and not watching a horror movie. Let’s continue. Hello, Nature Nerd here! Day two of my Halloween posts. Halloween is tomorrow. I want to share some of my stories of going to the pumpkin patch. Let’s jump right into this. So here are my stories from the pumpkin patch.

 There is a pumpkin patch about thirty minutes away from my house. Me and my mom’s side of the family go there every year to get pumpkins for Halloween. The pumpkin patch I go to has a Fall Festival where they have lots of attractions and, of course, pumpkins. They have a small animals area where you can feed and pet some of them. They have a corn maze that I almost got lost in one time. They have a hay ride that takes you to a pumpkin patch to get your pumpkins. They have two big bounce pillows that kids can jump around on. The pumpkin patch also has a big lounge chair that is about twenty-feet tall that me and my family always take pictures in every time we go.

 Turkeys, guinea fowl, and the chickens in the animal area wander around, because they are safe enough to not have to stay in a pen and they could just fly out the enclosure, anyway. Although, the turkeys are territorial and they will march together in a line and come toward you squawking. It is kind of scary, but all you have to do is show them who is the boss by stomping loudly or jumping toward them. They can smell fear!

 The hay rides take people to the huge field of pumpkins, but that are still attached to their stems. You can ask them for a pocket-knife-like-tool so you can get your pumpkin without the trouble of trying to rip the stem. The hayride is a tractor that is pulling along a big wagon where the visitors sit. I always get a small pumpkin and a big pumpkin. One to paint and one to carve. The wagon stops once we get to the pumpkin patch and the wagon lets the people off the hayride. The wagon gives everyone about 10 minutes to pick which pumpkin they want. Then, everyone hops back on the wagon with their pumpkins and goes back to the main area. Like most pumpkin patches, they put it on a scale and you pay based on the weight. That is how the system works. 

 One year during a pumpkin patch visit, I was about eight, my family and I had just picked out our pumpkins and we hopped on the wagon with them. The tractor started its engine and we started to move slowly. In the distance a little kid, maybe four or five years old, started running after the wagon. A woman, who I am assuming was the child’s mom, shouted at the tractor driver to stop, but the driver couldn’t hear her over the noise of the tractor’s engine. She shouted louder until eventually the driver heard her and he stopped the tractor. The kid hopped into the wagon and he was panting from running after the wagon. Nothing more to that story, accept the fact that we almost left a little kid in a huge field of pumpkins.

 There were two bounce pillows. Just in case you didn’t know, a bounce pillow is basically a  giant moon-bounce attached to the ground, usually surrounded by sand, without walls or barriers. I call them bounce pillows, because they look like giant pillows on the ground. One time, my friend had her birthday party at the pumpkin patch, because her birthday is near Halloween. We had a lot of fun seeing the animals, exploring the corn maze, going on the hayride, and the day was coming to a close. We went over to the bounce pillows and started bouncing around having fun, until my friend decided to play Popcorn. Popcorn is a game that you can play on trampolines and moon-bounces where most people playing lie down and curl themselves in ball and hold that position. While other people bounce on the trampoline/moon-bounce and try to make the other people let go of their ball position. As you can probably tell, this game is kind of dangerous. We started to play and I, along with other people, started on the ground in a ball first. I was one of the last few to survive, when suddenly all of the people jumping jumped in unison and as a small sixty-pound child at the time, I went flying off of the bounce pillow and landed hard on the ground. Let’s just say I had lots of bruises after that. 

 Those were my stories from the pumpkin patch. Have you ever been to a pumpkin patch? Please tell me your thoughts and experiences in the comments. Also, leave a link to your blog in the comments, so I can repay the visit. I always enjoy hearing from you guys. Thank you for reading. A post about my tips on how to get the most candy on Halloween is coming tomorrow. So stick around if you want to see that! That is all from me. Nerd out! 😛

Halloween: A Spooky Surprise

     Hello, my ghouls and goblins! My spooky spiders and my vile vampires! Nature Nerd here. It is that time of year to wake the dead and to pop out the popcorn and watch scary movies. We have two days till Halloween and I thought I would put out a blog post each day sharing my stories and thoughts on the holiday. I will post a page every day from now on coming up till Halloween when I finish it off. 

     I am participating in the Student Blogging Challenge. During week three, we need to create a story or a poem about an image we found online. The twist is that we need to make sure we can use the image without interfering with Copyright law. I have created a poem telling a story. Two in one! Here is my poem:

A Spooky Surprise

It once again is that time of year.

The witches come to taste your fear.

The zombies have awaken to eat your brain.

The maniacs are also not so sane.

Vampires pop out to suck your blood.

The swamp monsters emerge from the mud.

It’s grim, there are ghouls, goblins, and ghosts.

Looking for what they seek most,

they search for your pain and screams,

But all is not what it seems.

Jack-o-lanterns, there are a ton.

But there are lots of things, not scary, but fun.

Of course, we have the sweets.

Dressing up to trick or treat.

The lights are up and shining bright,

But in the distance, I see something that gives me a fright. 

The figure approaches and I feel a chill.

I was not prepared for the upcoming thrill.

I didn’t know what to do.

Suddenly, it curled up by my shoe.

I looked down, it wasn’t scary at all.

For it was just a black kitten, so cute and small.

To see a black cat on Halloween is bad luck, I’ve heard so.

But the kitten wanted to be pet, it was hard to say no.

The kitten was not at all a fright.

More of an adorable surprise on Halloween Night…

Then, I fell down the stairs the next day.

The End.

    I hope you enjoyed the poem. If you are interested in finding images without having to worry about copyright, then I recommend this website: http://www.pics4learning.com/ Thank you for visiting my blog. I will have another Halloween story posted tomorrow. The next one is about my experiences at a pumpkin patch. So, please stick around if you want to see that. Thank you for reading. Nerd out! 😛