Monday Bacon: Trick or Treat

One of the best parts aboot  Halloween is the dressing up as silly/scary as you want; bag in hand; and say three simple words to all of your neighbors for free candy. Yup, Trick or Treating. Growing up, and then as the kids were growing up, Trick or Treat time ALWAYS came on Halloween evening. Even in 1991 when the blizzard hit in Minnesota, Trick or Treating was done on that snowy, Halloween night.

It seems that the children of Milwaukee are not capable of handling such a task. Therefore, the city (and surrounding communities) schedule Trick or Treating the weekend before. Yup. Depending on your zone, you may be dressing up Friday evening, or Saturday evening, or Sunday afternoon and I haven’t heard yet if anyone DOES Trick or Treat on the actual holiday. Friday evening was Milwaukee so Oz and I tooled three blocks north and hit up our friend Mo for candy and wine. I sat with her for a portion of the two hour scheduled time and the kids had a blast, almost AS IF it were Halloween.

The next night, as we were getting ready for the annual Milwookiee Halloween party, some kids came to the door for candy. But WAIT! Our scheduled time wasn’t until Sunday afternoon so we didn’t have candy yet! Poor kids, we were unprepared. See, it seems that in our neighborhood, the homeowner’s association Trick or Treats on Saturday night (but I didn’t catch the times.) But we’re not part of the association. It’s so confusing!

Finally, Sunday from 1-4pm, it was OUR time. I have to say, Trick or Treating in the middle of the afternoon (during football no less) doesn’t feel the same. Oh sure, there were lots of cute costumes and children were excited. But it wasn’t the same. Many people don’t even participate and who can blame them. It’s Sunday afternoon godsakes!

Maybe next year we’ll venture back to Minnesota and trick or treat with the rest of the country. Unless it snows.

On another note, sending strong thoughts to all of our friends out east. Especially the South Brooklyn Weigtlifting Club folks. Be safe.

About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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