Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween memories

   I hope all of you in Sandy’s path are safe and weathered the storm well. My thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured and killed in the storm and with those suffering from the aftereffects of the storm.
  We got through the wind just fine. It wasn't very bad, and we're very grateful that we didn't even lose power.

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Since Halloween is today, I thought I’d write a bit about some of my Halloween memories.
When I was a child, I was afraid to say “Trick or Treat.”
I would either let my brother or friends I was with say it, or I would mumble it myself.
I was very shy and timid, and it took all my courage to even walk up to the door and hold out my bag for the candy. To speak out loud? Well, that was too much usually.
I wasn’t afraid of the spooks that might be out and about on Halloween—I was afraid of the people handing out the candy, even though they were people in my community.



But I still enjoyed Halloween—getting dressed up and, the best part, getting candy, which I loved.
We lived out in the country, so we had to load up in the car and drive from house to house to trick or treat.
I remember the year I had a store-bought costume of a princess. It had a blue dress and a mask of a golden haired girl with a crown.
Not many people saw my costume because that year, I wouldn’t even get out of the car. My brother had to go by himself to the doors of the homes we visited. Some of the people put in extra candy for me when they found out I was in the car.
One year, my brother was in the hospital on Halloween. I was staying with my great-aunt. Her daughter took me trick or treating with her daughter. I didn’t have a costume, so my aunt and cousin dressed me in odds and ends to make me look like a man.
Another year I wore an old purple dress that was my mother’s and dressed up with lots of jewelry and make-up and went with some friends of mine.
They knew people I didn’t know, so that year I went to more houses than I ever remember going to. I ended up with a bountiful supply of candy.
I’m sorry to say that I still love candy, too much, and eat too much, especially when it’s around the house and the office like it is now, in preparation for trick-or-treaters.

  What is a Halloween memory that is special to you?

24 comments:

  1. We had fun getting dressed up for Halloween in college, but when I was younger, I never liked it. I was afraid of the "older kids" who would throw eggs at me and my friends......so much for great memories!

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    1. Gosh, what a terrible experience when you were younger--I'm sorry about that. But I'm glad you had fun later dressing up. I used to enjoy it, too.

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  2. One year I went as a Greek goddess. I seldom felt pretty as a little girl, but I felt pretty that day!

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    1. What a great costume--I bet you were pretty and regal!

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  3. In 7th grade I dressed as a punk rocker with my friend. We were so cool!

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  4. Ha, I love Halloween candy too. In fact, I've been a little busy devouring the chocolate the twins brought home from preschool today ;-)

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    1. Oh, I'm terrible about gobbling up the candy. I'll be glad when it's out of the office and house.

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  5. Halloween is not a tradition here in Holland, so I never celebrated it. The last few years it is becoming more and more popular though. People have dress up parties and some put pumpkins at their door. But I still haven't ever had any kids for trick or treat.

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    1. Klaaske, I think people celebrate it more elaborately now than when I was younger. A lot of people decorate for it around here.

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  6. Tina, first I would like to thank you for your comment you left on my post I'm worn out. It really helped me-thank you.
    I love this post about halloween and can relate to being shy about going trick or treating or guising as we call it. I am glad the storm did not affect you badly.

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    1. Thank you, Behind the Smile, for your kind comment!

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  7. Not much for Halloween. It's never been a favorite. Actually I'm not big on most holidays. Call me weird.

    I hope your day was a happy one.

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    1. Grace, I don't think that's weird. I'm pretty low-key about holidays myself.

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  8. I remember a few Halloweens from childhod:)

    My step grand-ma sewed a princess costume for me, head piece and all -it was cute. I never became close with her or much of my step family.

    My mom scared me a bit about the candy we collected from going to door. She said that each piece had to be inspected for tampering or for poisening! She was serious! ... and so that was very disturbing to me. I quietly inspected candy the first couple years of because of this 'training.'
    But over the past years I've not done it.

    Happy November 1st!!!
    Thanks for the post that led me down memory lane:)
    God Bless, Deanna

    Oh... I have a new blog site, hope you can visit and be 'friends'
    @ www.theheartshunger.blogspot.com

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    1. Deanna, my mother was like that about candy, too, so we could only go to houses where we knew the people.

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  9. Thank you Tina for sharing. Unfortunately I do not have a special Halloween memory. Just one that stands out that a boy stole the fake spider that was hanging in front of our door and I tore after him running all the way to his home and his parents had to get him to give me back the fake spider.

    Hugs.

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    1. Wow, you were spunky to give chase and get your fake spider back!

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    2. Yeah.....even back then I was determined to get justice. Blessings.

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  10. I'm afraid I like candy entirely too much as well, Tina!

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  11. Me and candy? Well, we get along far too well! So glad Sandy didn't hit you - and that you and your family are just fine. We are still trying to get power back in many parts of my state :0/

    My very favorite Halloween memory was when I was a nanny out of state - probably around six years ago. I was a live-in nanny and spent the day getting the girls ready for Halloween. Once their parents got home, they asked if I'd stay behind while they were out with the girls, for me to pass out candy. It was the very first year I had ever done that (as we didn't celebrate when I was younger). Their only instructions were to make sure I gave each child a giant handful - which pleased a lot of neighborhood kids! They all came back a bit later, and the kids and I spread out their candy, sorted, stacked, etc. and all got a belly ache with the candy we ate!

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  12. Tina, so glad to hear you are okay after the storm!

    I only have vague memories of trick-or-treating as a kid. In fact, I think I had more fun in my late 20's on Halloween than I ever did as a kid. It was mostly the fun of creating elaborate costumes. I went as everything from a totem pole to a giant papier mache giraffe to an even bigger Yellow Submarine (had to put the top down on my convertible for that one). Now? I'm a bit bah humbug'ish about the whole thing, particularly since my daughter doesn't like Halloween. It's definitely a weird holiday.

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