5Qs: Halloween Edition

I thought we might have done one of these, but I did a search and nothing turned up. So…

1. Favorite trick-or-treat candy?
2. Best costume you ever wore?
3. Best costume you’ve seen?
4. Scariest real-life story you’ve been involved in (on Halloween or not)?
5. Scariest movie

13 Responses to “5Qs: Halloween Edition”


  1. Reid

    Gonna answer this quickly:

    1. Tootsie roll
    2. Black and white prison outfit
    3. Black eyed peas
    4. I had to lock up a gym at night once, and as I was about to leave, I turned off the lights and heard a loud sound, on the other side of the gym. It came from a hall near the gym. The lights were the type that would take a long time to turn on, so I walked in the dark to the spot, and looked out the window into the hall. I didn’t see anything. (OK, that’s not great, but it was pretty scary walking in the dark.)
    5. Texas Chainsaw Massacre

  2. Mitchell

    1. Favorite trick-or-treat candy?
    I liked Livesaver Lollipops. The strawberry-vanilla swirled ones. Bit o’ Honey might have been second, with root beer Dum Dums third.

    2. Best costume you ever wore?
    I was Slash a few years ago. That costume looked great.

    3. Best costume you’ve seen?
    Huge ejaculating penis in Waikiki. A few years ago when it was current, I met two women in town dressed as Super Fairies (“able to bypass regulations in a single legislative testimony!”). Brigitte Namata of KHON news dressed as fake news the other night. A colleague was an identity thief one year, dressing in black robber gear with “Hello My Name Is” stickers all over her, and the names of her students on the stickers. Super cute and very clever.

    4. Scariest real-life story you’ve been involved in (on Halloween or not)?
    Probably something involving a hard drive I thought was not going to boot up but did. My life isn’t very scary.

    5. Scariest movie
    Probably the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

  3. don

    The strawberry-vanilla lollipops is a blast from the past. I thought they were okay, but it’s sort of a good memory. I haven’t seen it for years. Is it called Livesaver? Or is that a mistake? I don’t remember that it was a Lifesaver (but I remember the shape was like the lifesaver), but I remember it had those words imprinted on the candy itself.

    I don’t even know what Bit o’ Honey is, but it kind of sounds familiar.

  4. Reid

    The strawberry-vanilla lollipops is a blast from the past. I thought they were okay,…

    That’s my feeling as well. I think I prefer dum-dums or in even blow-pop. What was the name of the lollipop that came out in the late 80s or early 90s? That one was pretty good, but that was after trick-or-treating days, I think.

    Don, I think if you saw Bit o’ Honey, you would remember.

  5. don

    You right I googled Bit o’ Honey and I did recognize it. I cannot remember how good it was, but I remember that candy with the almonds in it.

  6. Mitchell

    Life Savers Pops were discontinued some time ago, and yes they were called that. Charms Blow-Pops originated in 1969 and they still make them.

  7. Reid

    … but I remember that candy with the almonds in it.

    Which candy are you talking about?

    Bit o’ Honey wasn’t that good in my opinion (no offense to Mitchell).

  8. don

    The Bit o’ Honey didn’t have almonds? I thought it did or some kind of nuts.

  9. don

    I think Reid is referring to Chupa Chups. Well that’s my guess anyways.

  10. Reid

    Yeah, Chupa Chups! Those were (surprisingly) good.

    No, Bit o’ Honey did not have almonds. I want to say that Mars bars were the only candy that had almonds. (And I’m not counting almond roca or those chocolate covered almonds that would be sold for fundraisers.)

  11. Mitchell

    You thought Chupa Chups were surprisingly good? Man, ice-cream-flavored lollipops sounded like a winner to me right out of the gate. In fact, I had somehow mananged not to come across them, despite teaching high-schoolers, until I read about them in the paper. Then finally I saw them everywhere and I was an addict.

    I seriously doubt that was a trick-or-treat candy, though. When you bought them in bulk they were like fifty cents each. If you bought singles they were usually a buck, I think.

    And Don remembers correctly. Bit-O-Honey (the correct name, I just discovered) did contain bits of almonds as well. I never cared for that aspect of the candy, although if the almonds actually added almond flavor (like, during the cooking), then I was willing to put up with them. It was the taffy part I liked, and I usually don’t like chew candy. The flavor was just so good.

  12. Mitchell

    I just read about Chupa Chups on Wikipedia. That lollipop has been around since the 50s, but its market was limited to Spain through the Francisco Franco dictatorship. It expanded its reach in the 70s through Europe, in the 80s through the Americas, and then into Asia in the 90s, which is when we started seeing them. I didn’t have my first one until 1996, when I read that newspaper article.

    The Chupa Chups logo was designed by Salvador Dali in 1969. Fascinating.

  13. Reid

    Man, ice-cream-flavored lollipops sounded like a winner to me right out of the gate.

    The concept is appealing, but I think one could be skeptical that the pops would taste as good as it sounds.

    And Don remembers correctly. Bit-O-Honey (the correct name, I just discovered) did contain bits of almonds as well.

    Wow, I don’t remember that (obviously).

    Fascinating.

    Yeah, that is.

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