Friday, October 29, 2010

Is Halloween Really That Fun?

When I was a kid, living in North Dakota, most of my memories of Halloween consist of freezing cold, blizzard like conditions being driven to a few country homes by my Mom. Needless to say I’ve never really been into Halloween.  

Not to fear though, we are going to make sure that KLV has much better memories of this imaginary time.  At 20 months she is quite interested in pumpkins, spiders and ghosts. I can actually say that I’m excited to experience Halloween through her eyes. Oh and for the purposes of full disclosure, we no longer live near snow or cold. 

What is your best Halloween memory?


16 comments:

  1. I remember the excitment of going through our bags of candy after we got home. We would spread it all out on the floor and toss the stuff that we didn't like and then I would trade with my brother for candy I liked and he didn't.

    For me, now, the most exciting part about Halloween is watching the kids get excited. The anticipation and their smiles, and the fun of being carefree and young. Plus, this holiday starts the whilrwind to the New Year and I LOVE that time of year.

    PS: Halloween is definitely more enjoyable when it doesn't rain cold rain, or snow :)

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  2. Hmm, I would have to say my best Halloween memory happened after Halloween. My sister was 8 years older, so she would always try to steal my candy. I would count my candy meticulously, then stash it in different places in the house. It was like playing a big game of Hide and Seek. My sister would find one location, so I would have to move it around. I loved plotting and planning the perfect spots to stash my booty. She would try to trick me into telling her where it was, just so she could sneak a Mars bar, or the prized Reese's peanut butter cup. Eventually, I would forget some of my hiding spots, and my mom would find my candy when she was putting clean laundry away, or when she went to look under my bed for socks.

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  3. our halloween memories are of humidity and usually sweating in our costumes...far from your memories of blizzard-like conditions! Here in Texas, we carve our pumpkins and three days later, they MUST be thrown out, due to mold! Ewwww! However, we always have a good time with family and friends, getting candy(that we usually throw out b/c its TOO much!) and seeing all of the kiddos dressed in their Halloween best :) Happy Halloween to KLV!

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  4. Ahhh!!! I accidently erased my last comment. :( I was just saying that I mostly remember scary things, like standing in line for a haunted house. Boo, boo, boo. I hate haunted houses! I like dressing up for Halloween, though. I hope you have a fun weekend!

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  5. I grew up in a really rural area. We had a party at the firehall and my mom's homemade costumes won first prize many years. I got $2 bills for it.

    The best was the year my mom made little halloween costumes for my two favorite stuffed animals and I got to take them with me to my neighbor's house. They weren't home, but I still remember how surprised I was to see those two buddies dressed up!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  6. My Grandma made chili and served it with saltine crackers with butter on them every Halloween. It was the only time she ever made that meal for all of us grandkids. Honestly, I never even liked the chili but, it was such a fun tradition that I ate it and loved it. It was so festive. We stayed and passed out candy at her house usually. I'm thinking about having that tradition with my kiddos now!

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  7. This is sad, but I remember one year my mother dressed my brother as a pimp. We didn't know what a pimp was, but it sure made her giggle! I think back and laugh...oh and the year I was Janet Jackson was cool. I got to wear lipstick! I haven't worn a costume since I was about 9...

    The Halloweens here have always been soooo cold.

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  8. Hmm...I have two memories. One, being dressed up as Bugs Bunny. I loved it, despite the sticky plastic. I can visualize the costume parade at school in my mind's eye. I must have been in 2nd grade. Two, being dressed up as a mouse in 3rd or 4th grade. Only I couldn't go trick or treating because part of my costume was at home and I was locked out of the apartment since both my parents worked and weren't home till 6pm or so and then it was time for dinner, not trick or treating. My parents weren't aware of Halloween traditions, us being immigrants and all. After that I recall nothing till 8th grade when I was a cat and went trick or treating with friends.

    But...this year we are FINALLY going trick or treating with Lily! We missed it the last two years because she literally go to bed at 6pm. Now she stays up till 730 or even 8pm. So nice!!

    OK so sorry for the novel. Hope the Vs have a wonderful weekend!!

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  9. I remember how fun it was to pick a costume and go out with our pillowcases and get them as filled as possible! Little Chick loves Halloween, but is easily frightened by the icky stuff that I really do not like myself. I am not sure why it has to get that frightening when little ones are around. Have a great weekend!

    Mama Hen

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  10. There are so many great memories from Halloween! It's one of my favorite holidays. I remember there was one street in my neighborhood and everyone would hand out the full size candy bars, instead of the bite size. I always made sure to go on that street! :)
    Big Fat Mama

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  11. we do not celebrate Halloween where i live...but this sure sounds like a fun fun holiday!

    and your pumpkin looks so cool!!

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  12. Happy Halloween TV! Have a fun, happy and safe day! :)

    Mama Hen

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  13. Hope you had a fun Halloween! I don't have any Halloween memories growing up simply because it's not part of our tradition in Indonesia. But I love how I took my son for his first Halloween party. He's half American so I'm hoping that he would at least get to experience the fun of Halloween too even when we're not living in the States anymore.

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  14. This year was great -- baby girl had a super cute costume, and she just loved being able to walk around the neighborhood! She even understood taking a piece of candy and putting it in her bag!

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  15. I don't have much memories of Halloween growing up although we did dress up for the school parade and went trick o' treating. I like how you're making sure your daughter has better memories of this time.

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  16. Oh my gosh! We have the SAME memory of Halloween growing up. Snow, cold, country. Being driven around to trick or treat. Gosh- those were the days huh? I'm not sure this is a "favorite" memory, but it's a memory- I was pretty young and had on a costume where I had something covering my shoes. I tripped over one of the covers and fell in the dog's water bowl before we ever left the house. Nice!

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