A Bag Full Of Candy

Halloween Candy Pillowcase Bag Kitten Cat Watercolor Illustration Painting

For our prompt of “Candy” today, I thought back to when I was a kid and trick-or-treating on Halloween. I would often just have a plastic bucket for candy, but I’d see several kids using a pillow case. This always felt like a pro move to me as it holds way more candy. And returning home with the precious stash of candy was the coolest part of all. I rarely ever got sweets, so having a giant pile of the stuff was a kid’s dream come true. I remember I tried to actually make it last for awhile rather than devouring everything at once. It was like having actual treasure and so I wanted to keep it for as long as possible. As an adult, I almost never have candy or anything filled with sugar, so this is all just a sweet dream now. But, it was one of the highlights of being a kid, and I’ll always have fond memories of that magical night of treats.

Last night, Philippe and I went with a couple of friends to a socially distanced outdoor theatre show. It was a two-man show that featured two Edgar Allan Poe stories and it took place in the cemetery that our house overlooks. It was called Electric Poe as one character was the main actor and the other supplied music via an electric guitar. Such a clever idea, and I was so happy to see a theatre coming up with new ways to keep things going during this wild time we’re living through. It was a cold night, so a cloth mask was welcome attire, and between the chill in the air and the location, it made for a rather spooky experience. This was a local professional theatre for kids called The Coterie, so the show wasn’t super terrifying, just excellent and entertaining fun. This was good news, as I’m quite sure anything actually scary would have not been a huge hit with Philippe.

Even though I don’t get sweets like I did as a kid, or dress up for the Halloween season, it’s fun to still celebrate it in new ways. And best of all, after having our pizza night on Friday, Philippe still made his pizza last night. His was definitely better and much healthier, so it was quite an upgrade. There’s only a few days left of the month, and then I’ll be counting down the days until Philippe serves his amazing Thanksgiving dinner. This, all before totally turning into a kid again as I countdown to Christmas! It’s my favorite time of year and despite the year being quite different than in years past, I’m bound and determined to still enjoy every single wonderful moment. Life is only as fun as I chose to make it, so I’m going to make it as fun and joyful as possible. No matter what comes my way, I think life is always best lived when every little piece of it is thoroughly enjoyed, like a bag full of candy.

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27 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    That looks like one very happy cat, Charlie! I remember how exciting it was to get home and explore the contents of that Trick or Treat bag. It was like finding treasure if there was a full size candy bar or two in there. But I can also remember when there were home made cookies, candy apples, popcorn balls.and a coin or two. The “good old days”.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Good old days indeed!! Yeah, it was dark when the goodies went in so it was always a joy to discover what was there!

  2. isaiah46ministries 1 month ago

    He looks like he’s been caught being naughty. Maybe that candy is supposed to be in Mommy’s room. Wonderful drawing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Regina! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… I’m not sure if this candy belongs to this cat, but it’s his now I think!

  3. Karen Fortier 1 month ago

    Content kitty Charlie! I’m glad that you got out to a theater event even if it was a bit different. Your bag of candy reminds me of days gone by. Growing up in a tiny town we still got a haul of candy. Back then most houses gave out more than one piece. Some invited us in for hot cider or cocoa. I remember it as peaceful times.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, the theatre event was fun… last chance until spring. I wish they’d thought to do it sooner! And yes, I loved those times! Such good memories!

  4. Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

    Such a beautiful cat, Charlie. So pretty. 💜 The outdoor theatre sounds wonderful. Sounds like a lovely evening. 😀 We are supposed to get cold by tomorrow evening. Well, cold for us. Lows in the mid-40’s. Brrrr! haha haha It won’t last and we’ll be in the sun soon enough.

    • Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

      Charlie, I just realized that it wasn’t Writerleenda who told me about mocos. It was Nellie Nellie who told me! I hadn’t seen her name in a long time and when I just saw it, I remembered! I AM EMBARRASSED! haha haha No wonder Writerleenda had no idea what I was talking about. haha haha Sorry. 💜

    • Mugdha Savkar 1 month ago

      Hello Marisela,

      Thanks so much for YOUR super sweet comment and a bigger thanks for keeping me in your prayers. It means the world to me and know that you – everyone on this group whose names I see everyday – are in my prayers too. I believe that angels watch over all of us. 🙂

      Much love,
      Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 It was so wonderful! Loved attending theatre again, even if in a very different fashion. And it snowed here today!! All day! So weird and way too soon for that!

  5. Lisa 1 month ago

    No trick or treaters around here. I did hear that some service groups were making bags of candy up and delivering them to people who called them. Nice idea. Its hard to be a kid during a pandemic!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Yeah, I can’t imagine how tough this is for kids, especially at Halloween. Hopefully by the next one things will have improved! 🙂

  6. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    I have no idea what we’ll do for the holidays this year. We’ve talked about going to Florida for Christmas, but I think it’s just talk. I think though, that I may finally get a new laptop. I really need it!

    • Nellie Nellie 1 month ago

      Hmmmm, kitty does look like he’s been caught with his paw in the bag! No candy around this year at our place either. I heard an announcement by radio that suggested individually wrapped, non-food treats. So flashing bracelets it is! I’ll put out a sign too, with the suggested age and please only take one, parents please supervise. Yes Karen F.!, I miss simple and fun, Trick or Treating when our only fear was of missing a house!👻🤖🙀🍭🍬🍫

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        Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

        Thanks so much, Nellie! 😃💕 This kitty was definitely caught! And yes to those good old days!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Yeah, the holidays are definitely going to be a bit different this year. But yay for a new laptop!! You totally need that!! 😃💕

  7. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    Great doodle, Charlie. Theatres and the live entertainment industry in general are have a bad time. It’s really nice to see them coming up with new ideas.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, I was so thrilled they came up with the idea and happy to support them!

  8. LoriCtoo 1 month ago

    Sweet kitty! That kitty is protecting that big bag of candy. We used to use pillowcases AND I remember running home to empty them because they got too heavy. Then back out there. Kids sure miss out on a lot of fun things these days, especially this year. I remember the few years we let our son out on his own with friends trick or treating . You would have thought he had gone to DL. He could tell you where all the “good” candy came from.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Oh running home to empty them along the way is a total pro move! lol Love it! And that’s awesome that your son got to experience that. It’s always the most fun!

  9. shawnthompsonart 1 month ago

    Wow, that cat really got a large haul of Candy… Mmmm Candy for bed, and Candy for breakfast, it will be gone in notime and teeth aching from cavities. Maybe its not good to eat all your candy in a few days. I really like how you added hints of magenta to the cat, and the pillowcase.

  10. Mugdha Savkar 1 month ago

    Hello Charlie,

    That is one lucky kitty! And I’m so impressed with the kids who thought of carrying a pillow case to go trick-or-treating!!! I have spent almost the whole day asking myself why I didn’t think of that back then. Though I don’t know what I would have done with so much candy. I have never been able to eat more than one piece without getting a mild headache, but your Doodlewash made me wishful just the same. And don’t worry, magic and definitely come to all those who believe in it, so who knows, something miraculous may happen and this may just turn out to be the best ever Thanksgiving and Christmas you’ve ever had. Keep your hopes up!

    Love,
    Mugdha

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yeah, I think this year will be very special in the best of ways. And yeah, as a kid, I was fine with candy, but if I have a piece or too now I get a little headache also. Fine to skip those calories I guess! hehe

  11. Jerson Antao 1 month ago

    Beautiful painting Charlie.😊

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