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Hootin’ Howlin’ Halloween Giveaway

October 25th, 2011 · 246 Comments

A Hootin' Howlin' Halloween Giveaway

With all the fun and mischief happening around Halloween, we’re sure you have a great story to share about past Halloween adventures. Maybe it’s about a good costume gone wrong or a trick that was pulled to perfection (you can laugh about that now, right?). Help us all have a Hootin’ Howlin’ Halloween by leaving a comment below telling us your favorite Halloween story. Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered to win a prize package with a variety of goodies, including two adorable owls, a gorgeous hand-painted Russian artist pendant picturing a wolf, a hand-dyed silk ribbon and complementary Czech glass beads. Enter by October 30 at 11:59pm (PT). The winner will be announced on Halloween.

No purchase necessary, must be 18 or older to enter, one entry per person. Odds of winning depend on number of entries. Prize valued at $100, void where prohibited by law. Contest valid in the US and Canada only excluding Quebec.


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246 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kristen // Oct 25, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Currently my favorite (my son’s favorite) is Spooky Hour! We have read it at least twice a week all this month! It is a great kids book.

  • 2 Fran Schmeck // Oct 25, 2011 at 8:17 am

    My favorite Halloween is not a story but childhood memories of our Trick or Treat nights. We lived up a hill and several friends would come to our neighborhood. The mom’s would sit and visit and have glazed donuts and cider. All the kids would cover the neighborhood with our “loot” bags gathering as much candy as we could carry. There also was a little mischief with soaping windows and tossing toilet tissue in the trees. Even after all these years, it is still my tradition to eat glazed dounts and drink cider on Halloween. It is my favorite time of the year as I dress like a witch, hold my black cat and hand out goodie bags to all the kids. Sometimes it not a story but the happy memories you have.

  • 3 Alice // Oct 25, 2011 at 8:18 am

    When I was young our church had a Halloween party. During the party a very old lady, hunched over and using a cane, came walking in. She was very frightening to us kids and had a scratchy voice. She stayed for a while, eyeing us kids as if she were going to gobble us up. And suddenly she was gone. To this day, none of us can figure out who it was.

    Our family loves Halloween, and when the kids were young we would dig out our considerable stack of Halloween books about two weeks before and read one or two every night before bed.

  • 4 mary // Oct 25, 2011 at 8:45 am

    When our children were trick or treating age, a friend and I went to my sister’s neighborhood to walk the kids around. Our mistake was going to the local buffet restaurant for dinner before we took the kids. Needless to say, half way around the neighborhood, the mom’s were stricken with what we call the buffet “2 step” and we all needed to use the restroom. To this day my son still complains about how fast we had to finish our trick or treating walk!

  • 5 marlene // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Trick or Treating always meant going past an old, spooky house that an elderly woman lived in. Just going past the house with the leaves rustling and the wind blowing was very scary. The house had a reputation for being haunted and on Halloween it lived up to that expectation!!! Memories!!

  • 6 Cindy // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

    My special Halloween was back in 1962. The day I was Born! October 31. I’ve been calling that special for the last 49 years of my life!

  • 7 Kim Kreft // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Sounds like and awesome collection to design with!!

  • 8 Cadence // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Halloween is a much beloved day around these parts. We make an entire weekend of it, and since we currently have no children of our own, we’ve borrowed my nephews from their parents for a night or two prior to the Trick or Treating Day, and have a little party for the kids! We bob for apples, eat “brains and mummy fingers”, chase doughnuts around on strings and on do tons of crafts so they have things to take home and decorate their own house. We then spend a majority of the day itself prepping the house for costumed children holding out treat bags, and try not to make a pig out of ourselves eating our own candy!

  • 9 Ali-Kat // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I have always been an animal lover and they just seemed to follow me home. This one cool fall day a tiny black cat “followed” me home. I knew that it would not be welcomed but I took it home and made a safe place in the basement with a bowl of milk. Doing things that young people do, I forgot that I put it down there. A short while later, as my mom was doing the wash, a scream came. She came up the stairs holding the cat and said, “guess who coming for dinner”. Spooky said with us for many years and always made a good story.

  • 10 Odin // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I think my favorite time is when I was in college, my friend admitted that she never actually went trick or treating, her parents were extremely religious and she was unable to participate. So me and a group of my other twenty-year old friends all dressed up and went door-to-door trick or treating so she could have a taste of what the fun was like.

  • 11 shel // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

    My mom used to tell my sister and I the “It Floats” story when we were little. She’d use her scariest voice and tell the story of a little girl all alone in a spooky house who keeps hearing a voice moan “It Floats” as she walks through the house. Finally the little girl has enough and yells “WHAT FLOATS?” and the voice says “Ivory Soap”. We made her tell us that story over and over again.

  • 12 Tammy Roush // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

    My favorite day of the entire year is Halloween, it’s the one day when you can be anything/anyone you want to be without being judged.

    I don’t have children, but I always decorate my house and yard for trick or treating. I have these huge inflatables that I put out and I even dress up to hand out candy. I always hear that I go overboard with the decorating, but I love it, so I put it out. About two years ago, I had the cutest little police officer come by trick or treating, he ran into my yard, right up to the inflatable BOO and he screamed at the top of his lungs, “THIS IS THE COOLEST HOUSE ON THE BLOCK!!!! He made my Halloween. He still comes by each year just to say hi and see what’s new :)

    PS- Love the wolf pendant :) Haven’t seen many wolf items lately.

  • 13 Laura Minarcik // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:44 am

    My favorite Halloween is when I dressed up as Elvira my first year of college.My boyfriend at the time made sure the dress had the proper amount of cleavage.We had the wig,perfect high heels in black and lots of loud makeup.Got alot of hoots and hollers.Still love that costume.

  • 14 Sharon Walsh // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I love decorating and making jewelry for Halloween. Seeing all the creative costumes.

  • 15 Marisa // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Growing up my whole life i always seemed to get sick when it came time to go trick or treating, maybe it was a warning of what was to come when i did go. My only memorie of trick or treating is, being 5 years old and tripping over a tree branch and spilling my candy and ripping my costume right in front of all the “cool” kids and most importantly my crush. That same night i had my bucket filled with candy and we had two last stops, my great-grandma’s house and my grandmas. When we got to my great grandma’s house , my cousin mom and i got out i stepped out and then all of a sudden the handle to my bucket broke and all my candy spilled for the second time, but this time under cars and in puddles it was ruined. You think that would be bad enough for a little kid, but we still had to go to my grandma’s. Well everything was fine until we went to leave and i slipped down the steps going outside the trailer and kind of fell into the bottom siding and it came lose, and i swear over 1000 ladybugs came crawling out covering me. So that was and is my only memory of trick or treating.

  • 16 Christina // Oct 25, 2011 at 10:05 am

    In my neighborhood, we used to all get together with a bonfire, food and drinks. The adults would gather ’round and chat while the kids went off on a hay ride that took them trick-or-treating.

    (But personally after reading Marisa’s story, I think she should win!)

  • 17 Pam // Oct 25, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Mom made us a load of traditional Dutch Costumes, after our grandmother in Holland sent us each a pair of wooden shoes (4 Girls and a boy). We were always greeted so warmly on Halloween and the pictures remain family favorites!

  • 18 unseeliepixie // Oct 25, 2011 at 10:12 am

    My friends and I decided to put on a themed Halloween party and chose a creepy circus theme. We specified that everyone who showed had to wear a costume, anything related to circuses or carnivals. We dressed up an outdoor pavilion with striped fabric and found lots of creepy clown figures at the local Halloween shop. Inside we had popcorn, cupcakes, candy apples, plus we even had carnival games on the Wii! One of my friends dressed as an evil ventriloquist and I was her possessed mannequin. Other fantastic costumes that were there were the one armed animal trainer and his dancing bear, a severely burned human cannonball, a fortune teller, 2 bearded ladies, conjoined twins, and the dastardly ringleader. Everyone got wonderfully creative with their costumes!

  • 19 CathyH // Oct 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

    My Mom always made our costumes and the one that sticks in my head the most is when she made me into a giant pumpkin and how awkward it was to waddle through the neighborhood.

  • 20 RAVENMOON // Oct 25, 2011 at 10:43 am


  • 21 Julie Gastelum // Oct 25, 2011 at 10:49 am

    My favorite memory is when I was younger we had a halloween party and my grandmother (well in her 70′s and using a walker) walked in dressed up as a hippie. It was so cute. I loved it.

  • 22 Lesia Stevens // Oct 25, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Having older brothers and sisters I always went trick or treating and we got a lot of candy. When we got home we would sit down and go through all the candy – any open pieces were thrown away. Then the trading and bargaining for candy we wanted started. Afterward, I would hide most of my candy to keep it from my siblings. Months later I would run across a stash I had forgotten and have happy Halloween memories and wonderful candy.

  • 23 jessica laue // Oct 25, 2011 at 11:22 am

    It is said around halloween night that if you walk near the funeral home and look up in the window that you will see someone staring back at you. One night i had to walk home and had to walk right by there. I tried to hurry and walk by but couldn’t help looking up. The curtain moved and sure enough a guy was stairing back at me. I ran all the way home and told my mom and she told me the funeral director wasn’t there he goes home at five. I was so scared i slept with the light on that night..

  • 24 Sheryl Bradley // Oct 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Already making memories of the hilarity surrounding trying to put together my one eyed one horned flying purple people eater costume! It should be a good one!

  • 25 Linda Heathcock // Oct 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

    We do a Haunted House for Halloween and one year I had a older gentleman come to the entrance and ask me if I recommened a person with heart conditions go through it. I told hime that I would not advise it just to be on the safe side. Well he didn’t take advise and went through anyway. When he came to the final sceen I caught a look at him and he was wearing a grey jogging suit top & bottom and he had peed all over his self. I told him that maybe a person with a bladder problem mabe shouldn’t go through it. He told me that it was the best Haunted House he had been to. We all laughed even him. Happy Halloween Everyone.

  • 26 Carla // Oct 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

    My Halloween fun was in making all the costumes that my two kids wore. Such as Little Bo Peep, Grumpy and Dopey Dwarfs, Indian girl, clowns, environmentalist gulper/muncher, dinosaurs, Elvira, witch, pirate, star wars, space invader, power ranger, cowardly lion, scarecrow, hippie, and batman just to name a few. I had a lot of fun making them, probably as much as they had wearing them.

  • 27 Gail // Oct 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

    My favorite Halloween was the year I was 9 and won a prize for best costume at the local community center. I was a scarecrow. My father put a broom stick through the sleeves of a jacket, stuffed it with straw and painted my face. I spent a good deal of time walking sideways while trick or treating since I kept hitting things with the broomstick.

  • 28 Dianne Culbertson-Jacques // Oct 25, 2011 at 11:48 am

    This Halloween I will not forget for several reasons…mostly because I never want to feel that much pain again! In CT when I was growing up the legal drinking age was 18. A few friends and myself thought it would be fun to go “trick or treating” with shot glasses instead of bags for candy. This took place well after the kiddies were all back in.
    Well we went, but only to people we knew well and were joined by several more along the way. We all had a great time but not so much the following day!

  • 29 Nat Mathews // Oct 25, 2011 at 11:52 am

    My favorite Halloween was in 2009. It was my first Halloween with the man who is now my husband. We had a lot of fun and I met a lot of fun people. I was a plague doctor and he made my mask for me :)

  • 30 Liz // Oct 25, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    My favorite Halloween was my senior year of high school. My English teacher told my class we would all write Halloween Haiku’s for our local newspaper and if anyone won she would throw us a Halloween party. I set to work and after a few days had my Haiku. She entered it and to my surprise I was contacted by the newspaper that I had won!! I got to record my Haiku for a spot on the website and also got it published and a certificate. The best part was when I told my teacher she was super excited that I had won and the whole class was happy to have gotten a pizza party. Probably my best Halloween yet…

  • 31 Ragina // Oct 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Well growing up in the 60′s we did not have all the great bags and buckets that kids have to day, and I remember one soggy Halloween I was 8 0r 9 and walking across a yard and my paper bag busted, my candy was all over the ground and I was crying, my mama got tickled and we sat on the ground laughing.
    I splurged on my daughters bucket for her first Trick or Treat !

  • 32 Shelle // Oct 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    When I was little I lived in downtown Philadelphia and our neighborhood was great to trick-or-treat in except for this one restaurant that gave out apples every year instead of candy. We all thought that was lame!

  • 33 Amy // Oct 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I grew up in Buffalo, NY so I can remember many a Halloween where it really didn’t matter what you dressed up as because it was so cold (and sometimes snowing) that you needed to wear a winter coat!

  • 34 Karen G // Oct 25, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    When my son was younger we would really deck out the yard in Halloween decoration. The kids in the neighborhood always loved to come see what we were doing each year. The last year we really went all out there was a graveyard with tombstones, ghosts in the trees, a black pot in the center of all that with dry ice creating such a creeping fog…it was amazing. Apparently too scary we had not one single trick or treater that year. From then on we went back to less scary decorations so the kids would come back! It was so funny to watch them avoid the house that night even the big carloads of older kids would just pass us by!!!

  • 35 Katie R // Oct 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    My son and daughter would convert the 1st floor into a spook house. Go in through the front door out the hall door. Inside, in the dark with little light, friends (all teenagers)dressed as zombies would be sitting at the dining room table, on chairs, and in a coffin. When the children passed they would jump up at them. Each year more chidren would come. We noticed many mothers standing outside too scared to go in. Great memories.

  • 36 Jan in Alberta // Oct 25, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I have a lot of great Hallowe’en memories, both from my own childhood and from those of my children. It’s always been one of my favourite days of the year. One of my most memorable Hallowe’ens was the year I was 7. There was a teenage boy who lived down the block from my grandmother’s house who put together the most amazing chamber of horrors in his family’s garage and he didn’t hesitate to escort a little girl through it. I don’t remember being frightened so much as I was grossed out. I’ve never been able to eat Concord grapes since that day because they remind me of the bowl of “eyeballs” we stuck our hands into. Too bad that didn’t work for spaghetti…

  • 37 Sandee // Oct 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I have two Dalmatians, that I let watch from the hallway when the trick or treaters ring the bell. One Halloween, a couple of years ago, a little girl and her friend came to the door, saw the dogs and yelled, “Mommy look! The dogs are dressed up like Dalmatians!.” I still chuckle whenever I recall the story.

  • 38 Brenda // Oct 25, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I’ve got quite a few great memories of Halloween when I was growing up, but as an adult, my most favorite was in 2007. My late brother, his wife, their young daughter (my niece) and I dressed up as whatever character we wanted to be. My brother was a football nut and a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys, so he was a deranged Cowboys fan. My niece loves cats, so she was a cute cat. My sister-in-law and I love anything hippie, so we were farout hippie chicks. All of us went around the whole neighborhood together trick or treating and having so much fun! We got some strange looks from people when they opened their door, and we got some huge laughs too. We didn’t care cause we were too busy having the time of our lives! My brother passed away the following year, so little did I know that would be my last Halloween with him. I feel so lucky to have that awesome Halloween memory, and on each Halloween, I get to think back on all the fun we had…laughing and being all giddy, loading up on candy and getting to be kids again! It was a blast!! :)

  • 39 Yvette // Oct 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Halloween always brings back memories of coming home with a bag full of candy and sorting it by type on the living room floor. Eating M&M’s by color – brown first, red last. Hanging out with my cousins. Having gumbo for my Pawpaw’s birthday afterwards.

  • 40 Terri // Oct 25, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    My best time at Halloween is dressing my girls up and letting them run the neighborhood with their friends.

  • 41 Barbara Raff // Oct 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    When the nights begin to cool off I am brought back to Halloween night in the late fifties; I would step out of the house in the dark, wearing a homemade costume, and often the first light snow would be on the ground, with dry grass sticking up through it. Our town had a Halloween party at the village hall, and everyone came. There were booths with games, and a wonderful old juke box. It was at those parties that I first felt I was becoming a teenager… I remember trying lipstick and falling for a boy who got up on the stage and sang ” Yes, sir, that’s my baby.” It was an innocent time, before the internet when the only web was a spiderweb….

  • 42 Cecilie // Oct 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    In 1987, I was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce in our small town of 3,000 people in Oklahoma. We decided to have “Trick or Treat on Broadway,” inviting children and parents to travel up and down a four-block area of our business district (the street is named Broadway). The first year we had about 900 children participate…and last year, we had over 1,500. What started out as a safe way for kids to trick or treat has turned into a community event, with businesses, clubs, churches, and professionals handing out candy and treats to kids, teens, and even parents. It’s a party atmosphere for young and old alike, and I think it’s a tradition that will outlive all of us.

  • 43 leigh // Oct 25, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I don’t know that I could narrow it down to just one memory. I look at the way my kids trick or treat where we live now and it makes me sad. They only have a couple hours (usually not even on Oct. 31st) to go from business to business, which there are few now a days. As a child we would gather up all our friends and cousins and travel from neighborhood to neighborhood, filling pillow cases with goodies, change, fruit and loads of laughs. Haunted houses were common. Not one house in our small town decorates like that, NOT ONE. I so wish my kids could experience halloween like that just once.

  • 44 Allison Barry // Oct 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    My favorite Halloween was when I used to go to Haunted houses every weekend in October…About 10 years ago. Every weekend Me and My best friend at the time would go to at least 2 or 3 houses laughing so hard at every ghoal and actor. I so miss those times and wish there was many more where i live now

  • 45 Laura // Oct 25, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I love halloween, it’s my absolute favorite time of the year. It’s dark, creepy, and lots of fun. I love seeing all the beads and jewelry inspired by this day.

  • 46 Cindy T // Oct 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    When my son was 10 years old, my parents, who are farmers, grew some very large pumpkins. We chose one that weighed about 75 pounds. We worked several hours cleaning it out and carving. It was so large we used an electric trouble light instead of a candle for illumination. The night before Halloween was a Friday night, so I was letting Jason stay up late to see his dad when he got home from 2nd shift. At 10:00 pm everything was fine, but at 10:30 the pumpkin was gone. Not smashed or broken, but stolen. I was so upset I called our local police department, not expecting anything but an over the phone report of mischief. To my amazement, a patrolman actually showed up at my front door. His first question was “maam, can you discribe the missing pumpkin?” without cracking even the slightest grin! Laughingly, I said “well, it was orange, about 75 pounds and had a really big grin carved in it”. He proceeded to ask several other questions, as I kept looking around thinking that this had to be a prank on me. Nope, it was an actual “missing pumpkin” report!

  • 47 Teresa O. // Oct 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    When my daughter was 3 we took her trick or treating and we went to an older couples home. A scary dressed dracula walked up behind her and she ran into their home….I had to go in and get her of course, and the older man was in his recliner and he thought she was so cute. It turned out sweet after all because for a moment it brought a smile to both their faces.

  • 48 Teresa O. // Oct 25, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    When I was a child, my mother took us around trick or treating. I had a cousin that was crippled and all the neighbors in the community knew him so we would take his bag too. We pulled up to a house and waled by the carport, and there was about 20 ghost (things with sheets over them) sitting down in chairs. They all stood up at one time, and there were 3 of us girls and we had his bag too, and candy went all over the place. Needless to say we got in the car and was too scared to get back out…and mom got out and picked all the candy up for us….

  • 49 Kathleen Brown // Oct 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    My best Halloween will be hopefully this year. I have always enjoyed Halloween as a kid, trick a treating. How can’t it be fun… Candy candy candy… Staying out late and getting to dress up and seeing everyone else’s costume, ideas. It’s quite amazing how people can shock you and scare you. Why I am hoping this year will be the best is cause I am going with my daughter for the very first time. She is 16 months old, I know some people say that she is too young but Halloween just isn’t the same any more either as when I was a kid. We would stay at much longer and there were alot more people involved. It was about the kids…. Which it should be. I think the adults kinda took that away from them. They get the mall??? What kind of trick a treating is that. I know it’s safe but what another market scam to get us there to spend more more money. But anyways… I just hope this year will be great. I am looking forward to going out this year with my daughter for her first Halloween and make it special for her.

  • 50 Cheri Cosson // Oct 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I don’t remember what year it was, but my favorite watering hole had a costume contest. I went as a witch. Having no car, I had to walk there. On the way in front of me was a dad and two little kids. I crept silently behind them, then ran out in front of them and said in a wicked witch of the west voice “well well my little pretties” and cackled. Their eyes got so huge, and they had a death grip on their dad’s legs. But, I reassured them that I meant them no harm, but I could see they were’t so sure about that.

  • 51 Marge B // Oct 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    One year a group of friends went to a large haunted house. we waited probably an hour in line, were scared silly…bought anther ticket and waited another hour just to be scared silly again! it was scary but fun!!

  • 52 Susan M // Oct 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    I must have been 13, my siblings a few years younger that Halloween night. The family was in the back yard and a very obvious bed sheet my Dad’s height came down the side of the house. The sheet was waving about and going “ooohhhh oooohhh”. I knew it was Dad, my siblings knew it was Dad but we still screamed, ran like crazies and landed in a pile just inside the back door. None of us could stop laughing and we still laugh to this day about running “just in case”.

  • 53 Allison W // Oct 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    My most memorable Halloween was when I was in 2nd grade, and we didn’t have much money. Mom found a cardboard box, wrapped it in brown contact paper, glued a couple knobs on it, glued a picture of the muppets on the front, covered it with saran wrap, and cut a whole in the top and one on each side for my arms. She cheaply and creatively made me into a tv set. And I was the talk of everyone. They loved it, and I felt super special. Moms are the greatest!

  • 54 Stephanie Grant // Oct 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    My favorite halloween story is from my sr year in high school and going ghost hunting in a local cemetery and a couple of my guy friends found out and snuck out to the graveyard before we got there dressed as zombies and scared the crap out of me and my best friend! I hate to admit it but i peed my pants and still havent lived it down and its been almost 8yrs!

  • 55 CraftyHope // Oct 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    My favorite Halloween story is a costume gone HORRIBLY wrong.

    When I was a kid my mom would make all of my costumes. I NEVER had a store-bought one (mostly because we couldn’t afford them.) For some reason, when I was about 7-ish, my mom saw some movie with these characters and decided to dress my sister and I as the “Sleeze Sisters.” Basically, she tied us into black plastic garbage bags, put KISS makeup all over our faces, and glued rhinestones on our ears (no piercings yet) After trick-or-treating, we went to the community center for the costume contest. My sister’s age group went first and she didn’t win squat. By the time my age group was presented, our costumes had been explained to the judges. I won. . .UGLIEST costume.
    Um, yep, memorable!

  • 56 Laura Stewart // Oct 25, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Probably the time I went to a haunted house and came out with bloody elbows……. I was on my aunt’s back the whole time, scared (& the walls were carpeted)

  • 57 Beth Cook // Oct 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    The best Halloween memory for me was actually 20 years ago–anyone who lives in Minnesota or did in 1991 knows what I am talking about, The Halloween Blizzard of 1991 where we got about 20 some inches of snow from October 31-November2. It was really starting to come down pretty hard about the time that kids would have been out trick or treating and I was 10 at the time. Dressed as a sorceress, in a long black dress (over a winter coat) and a long black wig that ended up getting covered in ice and having to be thawed out when I got home, I ended up making a pretty good haul of candy because not many people went out that night. Since there weren’t that many trick or treaters out I got extra candy from pretty much every house that I went to because there wasn’t many people out or the people who answered the door didn’t expect to see anyone that night and I had been the only one that they had seen at all the whole night. It was kind of fun–exhausting though, trudging through the snow that was just getting to about knee height at that time. Needless to say, school was closed for about 2 days as I recall.

    20 year anniversary this Halloween!

  • 58 Christine // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Every year I decorate & get dressed in my Spider Queen Ghost costume. Once in a while, one of the moms asks if she could take a picture of her little ones with me. I love that! It’s really special to me to be part of my neighbors’ family memories as their children are growing up, especially since I don’t have children of my own. I always have so much fun handing out the little toys, etc. (instead of candy) and watching the children react to some of my spooky decorations.

  • 59 Connie // Oct 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    As a child going out for halloween was special. Most times all we had on was a mask, because each year we were trudging through snow.
    We didn’t get alot but it was fun, good memories. Now alot older, my husband and his best friend and his wife, me included went for supper at this place that supposedly was to have a ghost. As we waited for the main course we talked about weather the ghost was real or just a story. While eating, all of a sudden the salt shaker moved across the table all on it’s own. All we could do like fools was say Ooohh, then laugh it off. My husband said it moved because there was water under the shaker,no way the table was dry. But then the only way he would believe in spirits is if they came up and said BOO!
    Oh well, it made for an interesting evening; and next to christmas, halloween is my next favorite holiday. And I hope that my son will keep on enjoying it just as much as I do.

  • 60 Shelley // Oct 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    One year my mom dressed me as a playing card. I was wearing a red body-suit with an ‘eat-at-Joe’s’ kind of cardboard card over my shoulders, and a red hat of some sort. I was so embarassed I took the card off, hid it in the bushes. When people asked what I was I told them I was a pixie. Really? :0)

  • 61 gaynell garner // Oct 26, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Well my favorite Halloween was when I was 12. My uncle told us scary stories. One that I remember was about the demon in his basement. He told us if we went down there he would lock us up in chains and he had chains on him too.

    So, we decided to go see anyway and while we were on our way my uncle sneaked out and was dressed up with chains. He started to make noise with them, we all threw our drinks at him and beating him with whatever we could find. He never scared us again.

  • 62 KatLuck // Oct 26, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I remember trick or treating in my folks neighborhood with my very young son(turning 3 that Dec, he’ll be 32 this Dec) . I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter and had on sweater tights with a dress. It was a little cold, but u was determined to take him all around the neighborhood, since he was “old enough”. I think I was a little too excited about, as it is with the first one… Anyway, we got pretty far from my parents house and we were doing a great job of getting lots of candy, when I suddenly needed to I to the bathroom! As some of you may know, when you’re preggers and the urge hits, you don’t have time to mess around! So, what to do?! Do I ask the next house if I can come in?? It’s getting urgent, so I decide to try and make it back to my folks house. I am walking as fast as I can w a 3 year old in tow. Oh! Did I mention I was also wearing clogs? We are still blocks away when it starts to sprinkle! I can’t carry my son to hurry any faster, so im getting more frantic with each step. When suddenly, there is an abandoned shopping cart parked on a corner. This is a very unusual sight in this neighborhood, but no doubt some kids were using it for some Halloween fun. What a life saver!! I put my Son in that cart and RAN the best I could, pregnant and in high heeled clogs!! How did it get so late and dark?! Actually I was glad there were very few trick-or-treaters still out, as I’m sure we were a sight!! I barely made it to the house in time. I ran in and straight to the restroom. I’m sure my son thought that was a strange way to end trick-or-treating!

  • 63 Alison Sherman // Oct 26, 2011 at 4:33 am

    My son Liam and I carved not one, but four pumpkins this past weekend! He picked the biggest pumpkin he could find at the market and we took that home. Then he won a smaller pumpkin at school. Then we came home to two small pumpkins on the doorstep, brought over by a kindly neighbor. What did we do with all that orange fruit? We carved a big scary face in the large one and then the letters B-O-O in the smaller ones. It worked out great! Now to gather as many pumpkin recipes as I can find…..

  • 64 Ali T. // Oct 26, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Halloween is a favorite time of year for me . There are so many memories of me and my brother growing up. She was so crafty and creative and always fun. I remember carmel apples, bobbing for apples at halloween parties and all the great handmade costumes. I still to this day love the alligator costume she made for my brother out of egg crates and tissue paper. I wish I still had it! For sure I owe my creative passion to my mom and how resourcefull she made me, from her example.

  • 65 Sarah S // Oct 26, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Every year for Halloween from first grade to 6th grade, I dressed as a princess. Some years I had a purchaced costume, other years my mom would help me make a tiara out of cardboard and foil.

    FYI, currently on my blog ( I am posting a bunch of Halloween and fall themed peyote ring patterns. Enjoy!

  • 66 Kathy Giger // Oct 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

    My favorite Halloween growing up was to take my brother trick or treating and to go to our school custodians house who always made homade popcorn balls for everyone

  • 67 Ginny // Oct 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

    We have a “trunk or treat” with our friends and family group at church. We start inside and make a craft bag to trunk or treat with, and then head outside to see each families decorated trunk, and the kids all come around to get a treat. They vote on which trunk was best decorated. When we go back inside, were we have a few activities for them, and end with a pot luck dinner. A fun day for all! (have you ever sung Halloween carols to the tune of Christmas carols?!?)

  • 68 LadyAnn // Oct 26, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Now that I am in my mid-60′s I no longer enjoy Halloween as I did when my children, now in their 40′s , did when they were small. We always decorated the house and made a big fuss with costumes, candy bags for the kids and making special baked goods for the house. it was a big event. I now enjoy making jewelry items and look forward to winning this special gift lot to make more items to give to the kids or their children. I am a real Artbeads follower and have purchased a ton of stuff thus far.

  • 69 Amanda Gerner // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:16 am

    The best was when I was asked if my boobs were real because I had a bar wench costume on but sadly I quit doing Halloween when the neighborhood brats, I mean children, told me I needed to get better candy to give them. It isn’t fun anymore.

  • 70 audrey pierce // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

    As a child I loved Halloween! We lived in NYC in an apt. complex. We had so many building to go into & received so much candy. As an adult, I love making costumes & going to events. This year I am going as a Gyspy fortune teller. I made some wonderful earrings & a a necklace! I bought some material & am going to cut & tie it around a black long skirt. I found silver flates with ankle straps of bling! I love the contests thx for doing them! Happy Halloween to everyone!!

  • 71 Sarah Doyle // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

    The best Halloween for me is anything I do with my boys! I have 4 under 4 and seeing all of this through there eyes is just so much more fun than when I was little! Painting and carving pumpkins, going to spooky zoo, countdown to trick-or-treat :) Im just as if not more (lol) excited as they are :)

  • 72 AngelaL // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:26 am

    We’re from Oklahoma and you never know how the weather will be in late October. Well one year it was so very cold that we had to wear our winter coats over our costumes. So instead of walking door to door my mom drove my friends around. We would jump out of the car squeal about how cold it was run to the door get our candy and run back to the car. While the weather was horrid we did manage to visit several more houses then we would have since we were being driven around. Sound silly but we had the most fun that year.

  • 73 Denise // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I worked at a teen home for about 15 years and my favorite holiday there was Halloween. Why? Because teens who do not live with their family tend to become very depressed over holidays like Christmas, and even though they try, they aren’t able to fully enjoy those holidays. But Halloween – what a wonderful time we could have together. Gross food, spooky costumes and stay-up-all-night-scary movies… I loved creating those fun times for them… and me ;)

  • 74 sarah // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I dyed my light blonde hair green for a bride of frankenstein costume, even though the dye says not to use on blonde hair. At Christmas, it was still very festively green:)

  • 75 Tracy V // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:31 am

    My favorite Halloween was when my son was young and wanted to dress up like Dracula. We have small terriers so I made bat costumes with wings for the dogs and then we all went out trick or treating together. A scary Dracula and bats swarming all around him. Very cute!

  • 76 Beth Juarez // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

    My mom used to answer the door with a fancy pair of tongs and a bowl of raw chicken livers, gizzards and hearts. She would very merrily ask the kids to hold open their treat bags. Of course, one of us kids was in the waiting with the bowl of real treats…ah, good times!

  • 77 Victoria // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I always went trick or treating growing up, well into my teenage years. My best friend and I would go from house to house knocking on doors, ringing bells saying trick or treat. I remember one year we went to this one house. We knocked on the door and this lady, and I guess her older son, came to the door with a bowl of chewed up pens! My friend and I looked at each other like “What the…?” But being taught to be polite, we each took one anyway. Well, once we got home we threw them out of course, but I’ll never forget that Halloween as long as I live.

  • 78 Adrienne // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:35 am

    My husband and I decided to dress up like the incredible hulk and she-hulk. We were bodybuilders at the time so it was perfect for us. Anyway after my husband was slathered with green body paint he started itching. He tried washing it off, he was left with a green tint and a full body rash. lol

  • 79 Lisa // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:38 am

    First, I would like to say that I LOVE owls, so Halloween is my favorite holiday because you can always find cool owl stuff! Each year I run Halloween themed races, and me, my husband and our Weimaraner dog dress up for it. Two years ago, our dog dressed up like a shark and carried around a rubber severed hand while I dressed like a sailor girl who had been attacked by a shark and my husband was a surfer who had been attacked by a shark (complete with a surf board with a bite taken out of it). We won the costume contest! This year, our dog dressed as a hot dog while I was a bottle of mustard and my husband was a bottle of ketchup. We won the costume contest again, plus I placed at both races. It’s all in good fun and now we are already thinking about our costumes for next year!

  • 80 Debbie L. // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

    The most favorite thing I did when I was a kid for halloween was carve the pumpkins. My older brother would always have the coolest face. Mine was always a simple triangle eyes, nose and toothy grin. Now that I have kids, since my daughter was a baby we use stencils and carve our pumpkins the night before trick or treat. Every member of the family picks a pumpkin and picks what design they want. The kids have a ball scooping out all the pumpkin’s insides. Then on the night of trick or treating we hear all the ooohs and aaahs over our pumpkins.

  • 81 Lisa R. // Oct 26, 2011 at 11:47 am

    When our daughter was little, she was really into Halloween. One year, she went as the Disney princess/warrior Mulan. We ordered the costume. She had a pink kimono outfit, little slippers, a black Japanese wig, and I painted her face white & put on eye make-up & red lipstick. She looked awsome, but people that had no children or older children probably didn’t know of Mulan. I told my husband that all the adults thought we’d dressed our 6-yr-old as a Geisha girl!! Good parenting! ;D

  • 82 Teresa Kerr // Oct 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    When I was a kid, my mom always made our Halloween costumes and we had the best costumes ever. She even made them for the adults!

  • 83 Brenda F. // Oct 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    My mom’s birthday is on Halloween. She died 3 weeks before her 39th Birthday, about 10 minutes after my brother was born. I was 4 yrs old at the time. So, every Halloween since she died, I have made a trip to the cemetery to put flowers and a a small pumpkin on her grave to celebrate her birthday and to thank her for giving me the most wonderful present in the world…my brother.

  • 84 Anie // Oct 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Not my favorite, but I’ll never forget the Halloween that the temperature dropped to -25C. My kids had to squeeze their costumes over snowsuits and hoods, and we all resembled the Michelin man, regardless of our intentions. Trick-or-treating was short that year.

  • 85 Jordana // Oct 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    When my brother and I were little, my parents put on a great Halloween show every year: spooky music, things popping up from behind bushes, black strobe lights, you get the picture. The walk from the driveway to the front door was the length of the house, with bushes on one side, so there really was no escape.

    My parents went all out with costumes and jumping out from around corners and generally scaring the you-know-what out of everyone, kids and adults alike.

    One year, my Mom, dressed in a particularly gory Frankenstein costume, scared one kid so badly he actually threw a rock at her head! It connected, but thankfully her mask was hefty enough it didn’t really do any damage, though she sure did feel it.

    Our house was a big hit for many, many years.

  • 86 Kasey T. // Oct 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Every year for Halloween, my mom made the most delicious candy apples on a stick to hand out to the neighborhood kids. She had a rule that they were only made once a year for Halloween, so we always waiting anxiously for the holiday to roll around again. One year she and I were handing the candy apples, and I became concerned as our precious treasure started to disappear. Mom stepped away for a minute so I seized my chance and starting picking up the candy apples one by one and quickly licking them all over. My mom came back in the room and yelled, “Stop that!” I froze mid-lick, holding six candy apples in my small hands, red candy all over my face, just waiting for my impending doom. A few seconds passed, seemed like minutes to me, and mom started laughingly hysterically. She and I sat down on the floor and laughed until we had tears running down our faces. I didn’t get in trouble, and better yet, mom decided that Easter and candy apples made perfect sense!

  • 87 Stephanie Haussler // Oct 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Our daughter Mina was born in July 1997, and we LOVE Halloween. That year my husband Chris dressed up as “Little Bo Peep” wearing one of my college formals (imagine Gone with the Wind in pink and white polka dots and frothy fabric) a blond curly wig, and make up (complimented his 3 day beard growth nicely). Mina was his tiny sheep in a sheep onesy I made for her with bumpy fleece. They went trick or treating and we still hear the story 14 years later! We have also dressed up as princess/prince and a family of pirates! Love the fun that Halloween brings!

  • 88 Jes // Oct 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    my dad always bought a ton of candy to give out at halloween. We would spend hours making bags to give out. I looked forward to it every year

  • 89 Cindy // Oct 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    My favorite memory of Halloween was when I was about 12 years old. I dressed up as Frankinstein’s bride. Mom made me a black dress. We used so much hair spray to make my hair go up that it took days to wash it all out. We painted my face a gray color. A group of us kids was walking to a local church of the festivies and there was a kid that dressed as Frankinstien. We looked like we planned it. I was a shy child and didn’t like attention but it was neat to be in the spot light for and evening. We won grand prize!

  • 90 tati // Oct 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

  • 91 Cynthia // Oct 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    My parents were overly protective and didn’t let us go Trick or Treating when we were young. Family lived nearby and we trick or treated at their houses. But one year when I was a little older my mother said it was okay to go next door. Well, I did but the only person home was the nonEnglish-speaking grandmother and she didn’t know why I was ringing her bell. I still like Halloween anyway!

  • 92 Susan // Oct 26, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    the halloween ill never forgot is getting lost in one of those crazy haunted house mazes.

  • 93 Lamar // Oct 26, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Last year I was getting my daughter and I costumes ready for a Halloween party. We were both witches but there was something missing. I grabbed some beads and made us a couple of spider pendants and wore them on a chain.

  • 94 Caroline // Oct 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    My favourite memory is of the year we took my niece and nephew out in Calgary. It was -30c that night with a windchill taking it down to -40. We adults spelled each other off because we got too cold waiting at the end of sidewalks, but the kids were complaining that they were too hot with costumes and parkas.

  • 95 Juli // Oct 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    We lived in the Colorado Rockies and every year we would pray that the snow would hold off so that the kids could wear their costumes without coats on for Trick or Treating. But as usual, it would snow and be in the 30′s so the kids would all be bummed and put on their boots and heavy winter coats and trudge from house to house. We just called it Extreme Trick or Treating. lol

  • 96 Jane // Oct 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I love hallowe’en even now when the kids are grown, something about the change of seasons and the crisp air. Even now when we don’t get many kids on our isolated road, we still buy treats and carve a pumpkin, just in case!

  • 97 Irene // Oct 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I remember one year on Halloween night, I and a few friends dressed up and went to walk down Yonge Street. The street was so crowded it was just like new year’s eve. We greeted people along the way and we had a very fun night. Unfortunately that was the only year I had fun on Halloween.

  • 98 Barbara Moore // Oct 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I think the most fun I had on Halloween was when several parents got together and had a progressive party for all of the kids. It was a blast for the kids, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows at one house, bobbing for apples at another…. There were 5 houses in all and it was sooo much fun!

  • 99 Katie Davis // Oct 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Halloween was always a time for the neighborhood kids to really one-up each other on how many houses could we go to. All the kids would be put into groups. We’d start out in our neighboorhood and try to fill the pillow case that mom ran a cord thru because she didn’t want to buy us a bucket. We were always almost full but one person in our group broke their bag and we would have to share our bags with them. But atleast, we’d all be able to eat some of our candy that night!

  • 100 Skye ~ Creative Chaos // Oct 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Oh there are SO many since Halloween has always been my favorite time of year :) The first that pops to mind though was trick or treating with my mom and little brother. My mom is just as big a fan of the holiday as I am and would ALWAYS get dressed up with us. We lived in the country outside a village, so we’d head in town first then hit all the country houses last because they ALWAYS had the best candy and would have tons left over… and thus would give away big handfuls at the end of the night ;)

    Anyway, on the night I’m remembering, I was about 12 or so and my brother was about 9. We’d spotted a house whose front porch was done up really great with spiderwebs and spooky lights and a big scarecrow sitting in a chair with a sign saying to pull the rope… and there hung a rope.

    None of us were brave enough to pull the rope and were trying to decide who would do it… because we all KNEW something would happen when we did… when all of a sudden the ‘scarecrow’ leaned in close to us and said “Just pull the rope!”

    My mom and brother both screamed and took off running, not stopping until they reached street ( a good distance away) .. which was when they realized I wasn’t with them. Neither of them were brave enough to come back for me… and my brother even refused to come for the candy *L* I’d jumped at the scare crow suddenly speaking but hadn’t run. I may startle, but I don;t scare easy lol I collected treats for all three of us :) I can still see my mom and brother hiding at the end of the lane way and peeking around the garage to watch me talking to the scarecrow… mom hissing at me to hurry up LOL

  • 101 Rita // Oct 27, 2011 at 5:16 am

    My favorite Halloween memory comes from when I was a Junior in High School. I was “too old” to be trick-or-treating, or so they say, but that year I had met two foreign exchange students that I became very close friends with. One girl was from Japan, and the other girl was from China. Both had merely read about Halloween and trick-or-treating, so I told them if they really wanted to, I would show them what it was all about! So I took the two of them, along with another friend of mine, door-to-door to go trick-or-treating. After going to a few houses, one particularly grumpy old woman said to us “aren’t you all too old to be doing this?” – to which I explained that these girls had never been trick or treating before as they don’t do that in Japan or China, so I was showing them how Americans grew up. She begrudgingly gave us candy and we went to the next house. However, for every house thereafter, these two extremely respectful friends of mine decided to FORMALLY BOW ever so deeply to each person who answered the door and say “SORRY WE ARE TOO OLD! TRICK-OR-TREAT!”. It was hysterical and a night never to forget. We each send each other “Halloween Care Packages” to this day, despite all of the miles between us. :)

  • 102 DeeAnn S // Oct 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

    One year all the parents in our neighborhood got together and decided we would play a trick on our kids. We told our own kids we were making their costumes and that they couldn’t tell the others what they were going to be. It was so funny to see all the kids come out of their houses dress exactly the same – garbage bags full of trash! It was hysterical seeing a bunch of trash bags walking from door to door, and with the masks on it was hard to tell which kids was yours. Luckily the kids thought it was funny, and they still chuckle when they talk about it today. Thanks.

  • 103 Lynell // Oct 27, 2011 at 9:32 am

    I loved Halloween as a kid and when my kids were little I usually made their costumes. One year I didn’t have money to buy material, so I looked around for something to use. I dyed an old blanket red and made a Santa suit for my 6 year old. I found a piece of happy face material large enough for my youngest, and fashioned some old lace curtains into a princess costume for my 8 year old daughter. My three-year old was so excited and told everyone that he was going to be a clown, Todd was going to be a Santa and Amber was going to be a curtain!! We still laugh about that!

  • 104 Trudy // Oct 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Wow reading so if the post seems like everyone did things I remember seeing in old movie. When I was a kid it was becoming too scary to go in someone’s house. We still went around collecting candy & one neighbor (who we knew) we were allowed to go in for hot coco. I loved making my kids costumes. First costume was a bunny, then my girls one year was little Bo peep & the other a sheep, palm tree w monkey on shoulder, dinosaur w a tail so long it was almost impossible to get in the car! Pumpkins, M&M’s, some I can’t even remember, but every year was different. For awhile i was working at walmart in fabric department in a college town. It was a lot of fun college students needing help making togas & costumes in which they didnt have sewing machines, so we would glue or pin it. New mom wanting to make their newborns into monkeys, the day before halloween & never sewed before! Now I have grand babies & my kids buy costumes pre made. Sad & sadder still I was driving my 1 grandbaby somewhere & I was pointing out houses that had ghost & pumpkins~ sadly their wasn’t really around. It seemed no one decorates their homes for Halloween anymore. In fact a lot of homes have done what stores do now, bypass Halloween & have started decorating for Christmas. Then again maybe they never took down their Christmas decor.

  • 105 M Gover // Oct 27, 2011 at 10:27 am

    The best Halloween as a child is when our mothers got together and made us Batman costumes. My friends were Batman and Robin. I was Catwoman. We thought it was sooo cool :)

  • 106 T Laidlaw // Oct 27, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I love the old classic about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. I love Tim Burtons rendition with Johnny Depp. It just screams halloween scare to me :)

  • 107 Susan Ayers // Oct 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Our hometown closes off one entire street for the trick or treaters and every house decorates and turns out.. My bff lives on that street so it is a tradition to pass out the candy to the kids.

    One year, her ex (who was 6’4″) put on a gorilla costume and stood under the carport while we passed out candy. He would stand still and not scare the little little bitty ones but the teenagers??? Oh yeah! Some older boys came walking up and wanted their candy and we made them dance to get it.. One boy kept poking this gorilla and laughing thinking it was a fake.. As he was dancing, he turned his back to it and it reached out and grabbed him… He cleared the ground, screamed like a little girl, and his friends took off and left him… lol..

    We gave him extra candy for being a good sport lol…

  • 108 Gloria Hedgpeth // Oct 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    My youngest daughter had bought a book at the Halloween Fair at her school, it was called “Piggy Pie” and was about a witch who loved piggy pie, and it was about her quest to get the little piggies for her pie. That book was damaged in a hurricane, but my daughter still talks about it today, 6 years later, she even dressed up as a witch for several Halloweens, and carried her stuffed pigs with her. Precious memories.

  • 109 Angela LeBlanc // Oct 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    When my son was young I was with a group of people taking the kids around to different neighborhoods, I have a fear of dogs, not seeing them or getting close to them but hearing them bark. We were walking past a privacy fence when suddenly a dog barked, to me it sounded like a really big dog, I froze and me legs felt like jelly trying to hold me up. I turned white as a ghost. When the kids approached the front door they asked what kind of dog was in the back. it was a cocker spaniel, of course I felt foolish as everyone thought it was funny. I was teased every halloween until my son was too old to go anymore.

  • 110 trina // Oct 27, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    One of my favorite Halloweens was the 1st halloween in our new home. My girls were 9 &13. We were going thru the neighborhood when we heard this wicked howl I clip clopping noise. Here comes a horse & rider in black. As they went by, it turns out, it was the headless horseman. The kids loved it but my dog just wasn’t sure about it.

  • 111 Carol M // Oct 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    One Halloween I decided to go to the work Halloween party dressed as a devil and an angel, like the song “Devil or Angel, I can’t make up my mind, which one you are”………. I found white graduation gown, made Red Horns and a halo to rest on them. I put Red Christmas ice cicle garland around the bottom. Half of my face was red and half was blue and gold. My granddaughters mother made my tail for me, but I had to go pick it up. When I knocked on the door, my granddaughter answered and let out a scream, ran into the bedroom and locked the door. Missy and I had a hard time coaxing her out. Then, in typical preteen actions, she got mad. She’s 26 now and has three kids, who she loves to scare to pieces, lol. They aren’t to happy about it either.

  • 112 Jammie Hibbs // Oct 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    My favorite Halloween was when I lived in Phoenix Az. I set out a real cast iron cauldron full of dry ice. A tree stump chopping block with a hatchet and various “body” parts scattered around. And then I dressed as a witch and sat out there holding a bowl full of candy. Whenever I saw kids coming I would freeze and wait for them to reach for the bowl. Then I would laugh and say “help yourself” in my best witchy voice. I bet more than one costume had to be washed after my house Muahahaha! But they loved it.

  • 113 Heather // Oct 27, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve always loved “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving, with it’s beautiful imagery, drowsy inhabitants, and sly creepiness. “A pleasing land of drowsy head it was,
    Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye;
    And of gay castles in the clouds that pass,
    Forever flushing round a summer sky.
    Castle of Indolence. “

  • 114 mary fanara coleman // Oct 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    On halloween we had my husband sit in a chair in our front yard, we buried him in leaves up to his neck.He had an old man’s mask that was really creepy and scary. When the kids came up the walkway to get candy from me. His head would just move left or right. Just enough to scare the heck out of them.

  • 115 Dawn // Oct 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    My brother bought an old school building and our family has been busy cleaning it up. We have an annual Halloween party there that includes a very competitive costume contest and a scavenger hunt that covers the 3-story building! The best part is coming up with a new list of items every year and listening as people scramble looking for the items (which are never planted)! Some discretion and creativity are allowed; for example one year I listed “The Bermuda Triangle” and there was only one copy in our library. People brought the globe, copies of dictionaries with those words highlighted, a hand-drawn map… It’s great to have fun with the costumes, too – especially since you have to wear them during the scavenger hunt, something one of my brothers forgot when he dressed as a 4-foot wide grilled cheese sandwich! Not too easy running up and down stairs and through doors!

  • 116 Sharon M. // Oct 27, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Our pastor when I was about 10yrs old had my mother make a costume for him. No one saw it until he jumped out at the spook alley. He was a 6ft.3in. Satan! With cape and rhinestone covered horns – his red face and cackle scared me to death!

  • 117 Helen Wilby // Oct 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    No halloween for me as a kid – I grew up in the UK – so now I celebrate 2x as hard to catch up! My facvorite thing is carving pumpkins with my son and his best friend which we’ve done every year for the last 5 years or so!! Great to get to hang out with the boys!!

  • 118 Sarah Melton // Oct 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Our neighborhood has a LOT of kids in it, so Halloween night tends to be really busy for us when the trick-or-treating begins. We were one of the only houses giving away toys and glowsticks instead of just the usual candy, and as a result (the glowsticks were REALLY popular), we got a few “repeat visitors” trying to score extra ones. One ninja boy (about six) showed up for a third time, after I warned him the second time that this was the last treat we’d give him. Then he tried to tell me he wasn’t THAT ninja, and that I was confusing him with another kid. I asked “Oh really? Well you’re dressed exactly like that other ninja that was here twice already.” He replied emphatically “No I’m not – I switched headbands!” After a few seconds pause, he figured out that he’d just blown his cover, and that was the last of him for the night.

  • 119 Magaly // Oct 27, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Well, I remember one Halloween that we walked from house to house for hours! I was about 13 and we were a group of four with one adult. This was a large residential area with many streets. We actually got lost! We had turned so many blocks that we couldnt figure out how to get back home. It was late and we were really tired. Luckily we rang a house with a very nice patient woman who walked us back to a street we recognized. What a night!

  • 120 Mary Ann Wandling // Oct 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    My best Halloween was when I made my son a Captain Planet costume that turned out great & my son thoroughly enjoyed wearing.

    Mary Ann W

  • 121 Cheryl // Oct 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    When my son was about 6 we decided to make him up as a werewolf. We purchased real hair that had to be unwound from tight spirals and I proceded to glue it on his face, his hands and his ankles. Unfortunately by the time I was done being so creative and trying to make him look perfect, he started to itch. It was very difficult to get him to keep the “costume” on, at least until we took a picture. NEVER TRY TO GLUE HAIR ON SOMEONE’S SKIN!! Lesson learned.

  • 122 Tiya // Oct 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    My favorite Halloween, I must say is going to be this year. I came to the USA about 8 yrs ago but was married to someone who didn’t celebrate any occasion. I have finally ended the sad marriage and this year I am with a guy who loves me the most! I recently stumbled upon the art of jewelry making and I am starting to fall in love with this new form of art in my life…However I am barely able to save enough money to buy stuff for it and just recently through online tutorials I have learned working with seed beads. And today I got a bag full of beads that I won by entering the Spooky Seed Bead Sweepstakes. Ever since I came to USA I have only been scared of Halloween but this gift of seed beads from has made my Halloween the most pleasurable one! Thank you..

  • 123 joanna // Oct 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I and my daughter likes to watch Goosebumps on tv..

  • 124 joanna // Oct 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    My daughters and I like to watch Goosebumps shows and any Stephen King movie on tv especially on Halloween…

  • 125 Alison Sherman // Oct 28, 2011 at 5:57 am

    This year we carved not one, but four pumpkins! My son, Liam, selected a monster sized one from the market. Then he won one at school. Then we came home one day to find two more pumpkins on our doorstep, courtesy of our kindly neighbor! What did we do with said pumpkins? We carved a big scary face in the largest one, then carved the letters B-O-O in each of the remaining small ones. It looked great! Now, to find all those pumpkin recipes….

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  • 127 Lynn // Oct 28, 2011 at 8:00 am

    When I was a little girl, my parents had an adult halloween costume party at our house. Two people showed up in really creepy masks and wore long coats. They sat on our couch and never spoke to anyone, never ate or drank anything. Just sat there. Then after awhile, they got up and left. We never knew who they were. Spooky……

  • 128 Becky R. // Oct 28, 2011 at 9:08 am

    My most frightening Halloween night was about ten years ago when we were taking our boys on their rounds through the neighborhood. When we got to the bottom of the street, we noticed an orange glow on the doorstep of the last house. But it wasn’t some cute lighting or other display…the pumpkin had caught fire and flames were shooting up by the the doorway wall! My husband ran up the steps (around 20 of them) and was able to warn the homeowner before their house caught on fire. That was the biggest fright I’ve had on Halloween.

  • 129 Wendy Baker // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Older and younger daughter are goint to go to a couple haunted houses this weekend. Then I have an evening out with friends wearing a great fairy costume and then older daughter is taking younger daughter and a couple of her friends trick or treating while I stay home and hand out goodies to the neighborhood kids.
    I really hope I get this I have a daughter who loves owl jewelry and a hubby who likes wolves. This would be so perfect to be able to make them some unexpected christmas gifts!

  • 130 Shannon C // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Because of my religion I do not celebrate halloween but I do love fall and all things fall related especially owls.

  • 131 Pamela Summers // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    when my brothers and I went treat or treating one year, we got about half way through our neighborhood and a bad storm came up. We went back home and I went inside but my brothers wouldn’t come in. They were teenagers after all and wasn’t scared of no stupid storm! Then without any warning lightning stuck very very close to our front porch and I have to say that was the fastest I have even seen my two brothers run into our house. We still laugh about it 20 years later

  • 132 dot lewallen // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I had just started a new job at Mt. Carmel Hospital. It was Halloween & a few of the girls were having a party. I love Halloween as an adult. Every year, I’d make a hand made costume for myself & my husband. We’d go to parties with my friend and then like everyone else in Columbus Ohio in the late 70s early 80s, we’d all go down to the Ohio State Campus & just walk about. This year I made a sophisticated cat costume. The mask completely covered out heads. I had a general idea of where the party was & when we saw the lights & noise, out of the car & inside we went. Wasn’t too concerned that I didn’t recognize anyone as I’d only been working there a couple of weeks. Had drink & was munching on some food & loving the fun. Then after an hour, my friend comes over to me to me & ask if I knew anyone. Through they eye holes of the mask, I looked around & told me “nope, not yet but second shift hasn’t shown up yet”. She walks away & then comes back frantic telling me that this was a party for people from Riverside Hospital. We were at the WRONG party. I got myself a big cookie & waved as we all walked out the door. First time I was ever an anonymous party crasher but boy did they have good eats!

  • 133 Kathy Anderson // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Love wearing my Halloween charm bracelet made with charms bought at ArtBeads. I get lots of compliments on it. Witches, pumpkins and skeletons, oh my!!! Throw in some black and orange swarovski bicones and oh what a great look.

  • 134 Monica Parks // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    My favorite Halloweens were when the boys were growing up! Our oldest son when he was in kindergarten wanted to be a sandwhich! So his red sweatshirt was the tomato, painted his face green and made him an olive hat, then used cardboard for bread and so on. People are still talking about and he is 32 now! :)

  • 135 Fran smith // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    My best Halloween memories are of the costumes I made for my son. I made them from age 18 months to age 14 years. I still have them in a box in my closet. My son is 21 now. If he asked me to make him a costume now, I would!

  • 136 Brooke Hanna-Santalucia // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    When we were younger my big brother and I were getting dressed to go out for Halloween. David was putting on his Halloween make-up as a clown in the bathroom mirror, and Mum and I were blowing up balloons to stuff inside Dave’s costume to make it bigger and lumpy. { He was a scary clown } We laughed so very hard. When we all realized that in our exuberance in stuffing Dave’s costume full of balloons…He was stuck in the bathroom !!! He was TOO BIG to get out the bathroom door !!! Mum and I looked at each other and just pushed him through popping some of the balloons. LOLOLOL

  • 137 Diane Murphy // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    My grandson decided to be an ice cream sandwich for Halloween last year and I obliged with a very well-made costume which took hours to complete. This year he has decided to be . . . an ice cream cone. I can’t figure for the life of me why he needs to be ice cream!

  • 138 Peggy Russell // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    My favorite costume I dressed up as a letter. My brother thought it was great fun to try and stuff me in mailboxes!

  • 139 Bonnie Bassett // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    For multiple years my hubby and I have always donated our time to haunted houses and such. We loved playing parts on The Haunted Trolley. When we moved to Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, we helped set up/played actors in a haunted house that supported an organization for Single soldiers on post. We love Halloween, and tonight we get to see what it is like to be on the other side. Never gone to a haunted house/woods/hay ride.. This should be fun!!

  • 140 Nicole D // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    My favorite Halloween story is still the Nightmare Before Christmas :-)

  • 141 Debra Wagenecht // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    My husband’s “inner child” always comes out at Halloween. One year he wore a set of discolored “bubba” teeth and as he handed out candy to the kids he would exclaim, “be sure to brush your teeth now, you don’t want to end up with yours looking like mine someday.” He had a gamut of mixed reactions, from shock to laughter! One thing he wouldn’t let me do was take his picture, I think he was afraid he would end up on Facebook!

  • 142 Faith // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    My son was born 10-10-10 but at 10 days old, he spiked a high fever landing us a 3 day stay in the hospital. Halloween was spent very close to our baby, thankful to be home and healthy. He’s not quite ready for ALL the excitement of Halloween just yet, but he’ll get his first real taste of the spooky holiday for sure.

  • 143 Rosi de la Torre // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Well I remember my real first time trick or treating night before going to sleep. I was 2 or 3 years old and I was given a lot of candy. When we returned home my mom left me alone with the candy. She says she NEVER thought I would eat it all, that part I don’t remember, what I do remember is how sick I felt!
    She never left me alone with candy again! lol!

  • 144 Mary F. // Oct 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    My favorite story is when my kids were little, I would put in a set of Hillbilly Teeth and chase them around the house, saying “Give me a Kiss!!” in my hillbilly-est voice!! If I caught them, I would give them kisses in the crook of their neck…they couldn’t stop giggling!

  • 145 Angie // Oct 28, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I remember when I was small and the costumes were made of flammable plastic with plastic masks that were dangerous because they eye holes were too small as well was the mouth hole..LOL. I guess we know better know but I was a Rageddy Anne costume in this fashion for four years straight uugghh :P

  • 146 valarie // Oct 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    When my husband and I first bought our house, we put on a “haunted garage”. He had done it before when he lived with his parents so he already had some awesome props. We had a guy in a wooden coffin, with a headset under his mask so we could tell him when the kids were walking up. We also had a little newspaper sticking out of the neck of the mask so it didn’t look real until the guy sat up. The candy was a little beyond the coffin. Mostly kids would scream, then come out laughing, but someone must have been really scared because when we were cleaning up we found two puddles on the floor!

  • 147 Tammy Johnsen // Oct 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I just love halloween! it is said, the vail between the living and the dead is the thinest durring this time of year…also it is a time to dress up as a scary monster to scare away demons for a bountiful harvest! Plus the all that CANDY!! I have a memory when i was very young of seeing the coolest, most largest pumpkin, that i could of gotten inside of! thanks for the giveaway! :)

  • 148 tina lynch // Oct 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    My sister passed away in ’94. Some of my favorite memories are of us taking my kids trick or treating together, then for hot cocoa…… :)

  • 149 sindee tyburski // Oct 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    My favorite Haloween memory is when my daughter was young and I would dress her up and take her over to my Grandparents’ home; my Aunt’s home and over to my Mother’s house. Her first costume was that of an angel= Her middle name is Angelynn, and thought is was appropriate. I do not know who was more excited, my family seeing my daughter all dressed up; my daughter showing off; or me proudly seeing the smiles all the way around. How I miss those days!!!!!!!

  • 150 Toni // Oct 28, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Anyone live through the Halloween snowstorm of ’91? Mother Nature dumped three feet of snow on the ground, and it made for VERY interesting trick-or-treating. I was a mermaid that year, so after a couple of houses, my mom decided to take me to the local mall for trick-or-treating instead. It was more fun than trying to get through drifts of snow taller than I was.

  • 151 Kathy // Oct 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    My son’s favorite thing to do on Halloween is to hide outside and wait for the kids coming to the door for trick or treat. He likes to try and scare them especially the teenagers.

  • 152 Renee // Oct 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Several years ago, we were the first stop on a little girl’s first Halloween trick-or-treating. She was about 3, dressed as Winnie the Pooh. Poor little thing! She just stood on our porch, clutching the handle of her little pumpkin bucket in both hands at her chest. Her eyes were huge! Her mom told her to say “Trick or treat” but she just stood there. I made sure to give her a good treat. I hope she got over being scared and had fun!

  • 153 Cindy Cooper // Oct 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    When my daughter was 6 years old, I was a room mother for her class. I dressed up like a witch with green face paint and black on my teeth. I scared myself looking in the mirror! On my way to her school, I was stopped at a red light. I forgot about what I looked. I looked over at the car next to me and heard this god-awful scream come from the kid in the back seat! He was screaming bloody murder! I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the kid, so started waving and smiling at him, hoping to make him feel better. He was gasping for air, screaming and clawing at his car seat straps. The lady in the passenger seat did a double-take when she looked at me. Then she asked me to stop looking at the kid. I thought this was a bit rude, until I looked in the rear view mirror! I washed my face before I drove home so I wouldn’t scare anymore little kids!

  • 154 Pamela Czulewicz // Oct 28, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Once when my brother and I were just about too old for trick-or-treating, but still dressing up anyway, my dad thought he would play a trick on my brother and I. He went to great lengths to put together an “old” man costume complete with a very creepy rubber old man mask. I had noticed that he was up to something and had my radar on…I could hear my dad moving about clumsily upstairs and soon heard a loud noise on the roof. I immediately went to the window and saw my dad climbing out the window upstairs and begin to climb down a ladder. Long story short, he rang the doorbell in the attempt to scare my brother and I and me being an ungrateful teen simply answered the door and said “Hi Dad.” Looking back, I wish I would have played along…my dad planned an outfit, arranged a ladder, climbed out an upstairs window, onto a roof, down a ladder and snuck around the front of the house all in the hopes of being undectected! Trick or Treat Dad, sorry I wasn’t such a treat back then!

  • 155 Cryss T // Oct 29, 2011 at 12:50 am

    I used to do ceramics before I got into beading. The year before my Mom died, I found a ceramic witch that was a little girl with tennis shoes on. I painted it and gave it to my Mom. She really liked it, said it looked just like me when I was 5 or 6. Each year at Halloween I bring the little witch out and smile because of good memories.

  • 156 Natalie McDaniel // Oct 29, 2011 at 3:47 am

    My favorite thing about Halloween is seeing how big my son’s eyes get when he sees how much candy he gets…priceless!

  • 157 Sally W. // Oct 29, 2011 at 4:28 am

    My favorite was when I dressed up as Cindy Lauper, but was out of film for my camera, so a bunch of us went to Target just before the party to get the film. We were all dressed up, and one of my friends (who was dressed as a pig) went around yelling “Blue Light Special” We got a lot of attention from the shoppers that year!

  • 158 Amanda // Oct 29, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Just last year my just-turned-5 year old daughter and i went trick-or-treating. Walked up, knocked, said, “trick-or-treat!” and man gave her the treat. She reached into the bag, pulled it out and tossed it back in his bowl and said, “you can have that one back, cuz I don’t like those!” It was so cute and hilarious! We had a great laugh!

  • 159 Liz Crafton // Oct 29, 2011 at 8:18 am

    My favorite Halloween experience happened in 2009. My boyfriend and I went Haunted House hopping. I’m one of those women who hold on to the person they are with and scream bloody murder the whole time I’m walking through the Haunt. On this particular night, Mike and I went to a few of our favorite haunts in Michigan. Once again, I was screaming and holding on for dear life when a guy with a chainsaw jumped out – I used my poor boyfriend as a human shield and then pushed him into the guy weilding the saw before making a run for it. When he caught up with me just outside the exit, he was laughing at me. When we got home, he put his arms around me, pulled out a ring, and said “you screamed and ran too fast so I couldn’t do this inside one of the houses like I planned, but I was wondering if you would do me the honor of being my wife?” Obviously, I said Yes! It was the least I could do after pushing him into a guy weilding a chainsaw! We’ve been engaged since then and our wedding is planned for October 31, 2012. Halloween-themed of course. I look forward to having an even better Halloween story to tell next year!

  • 160 Jennifer // Oct 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    ohhhh . . pick me! pick me! Looks awesome.

  • 161 Wendy Baker // Oct 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    A couple years ago my mom had this one little trick or treater come to the door and she was probably around 5 years old dressed up as a cute little bunny and her mom was not far behind. My dad, the prankster that he is went out on the back deck and blew and elk call and that poor little bunny dropped her bag of candy and ran right passed her mom. The mom quickly retrieved the bag and ran after her. I don’t think that she ever trick or treated at my parents house again. And I think there were some older kids that got just as frightened buy the elk call in the dark but they didn’t run off like that scare little bunny :)

  • 162 Cathy // Oct 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Just beautiful! I love the owl. We have a neighborhood owl that screeches at night.

  • 163 LisaT // Oct 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    when my son was 7, I made him the most adorable Garfield costume. The only problem was the only perfect Garfield orange fabric I could find was flannel and to make Garfield like Garfield, it was loaded with poly fiberfill….this would be fine up north, but in North Carolina? After spending about an hour trick or treating he came back to the house and took his hood off – what a wet, sweaty mess! I think he lost 5 lbs that night!

  • 164 Ellen // Oct 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Every year is the best, I can’t pick out one story, cause they are all great! This year we work at The Haunted House in Santa Rosa, Ca. and we scare people to the point of them peeing their pants. That’s the best!

  • 165 Julie // Oct 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I love Halloween – my absolute favorite time of the year! Pumpkin patch trips with the family, my daughters birthday (her first halloween we dressed her as a skunk – adorable!), and warm fires in the fireplace :)

  • 166 Lisa R // Oct 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Happy snow-ween from Maryland! Looks like we will have snow covered trick or treaters this year in Maryland. I enjoy handing out candy and see all the fun costumes.

  • 167 Connie F // Oct 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Don’t really celebrate Halloween now that my son is grown and moved out. Our Church celebrates by putting on a fall festival. It’s a night of fun with trick-or-treating and lots of games; costumes are optional. I help out when I can but i have been sick and in the hospital this year.

  • 168 Linda // Oct 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    “Hoo” wouldn’t love to win this? I will be dressed as the PEZ clown this Halloween while passing out sweet treats!!!

  • 169 Marlena // Oct 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    My problem during October is I can’t get all of the crafting done I want to do! Stenciled pumpkins, creative costumes, and now with kiddos I’m knee deep in goodies to take to school. But owls are sooo in right now! Adorable set!

  • 170 Eleanor Williams // Oct 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    My favorite memory is of making popcorn balls with my Grandmother & a friend to pass out at Halloween. My 2nd favorite memory is of the year I dressed up as Queen Elizabeth II to trick or treat. These days I just put on all the tie-dyed clothes I have and go as the aging hippie gypsy lady. It’s very colorful!!!

  • 171 Leslie Sirag // Oct 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    From 1999 to 2001 my husband, our teenage daughter, and I lived in China, teaching and studying at a boarding school. Imagine our surprise when we discovered that no one there had ever heard of Halloween!
    We weren’t able to do much about it our first year, but for our second we brought back spooky books to read in our classes, went into the old city & bought makeup at a shop that sold Chinese Opera stuff, ran the movie E.T. at a big party with makeup, no pumpkin carving becuase there were no pumpkins!:( , but apples, candy, some spooky goodies (the treats plate that moans when you come near, etc.) sent by friends–everyone loved it, of course.

  • 172 Beverly Krueger // Oct 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    My husband had this horrible full head mask of a creepy old man. He would put it on and chase me, and it made me scared even though I knew it was him in the mask. So, I wore it one Halloween to hand out candy. Some little kids ran rather than ask for candy.

  • 173 Kathy Klocko // Oct 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I love Halloween. 9 years ago, I even delayed going into the hospital so we could have our first halloween party in our new house. It was a great party and, although I had to have surgery (unrelated to the delay) and was out of commission for five months, it was totally worth it. :-)

  • 174 Cathy // Oct 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Halloween is so much fun! I love to dress up. One year I was a vine, another Princess Leia having a bad hair day (I had found a great long white dress that looked like her gown from the original movie) But one of the best costumes in my family was the year my sister won a contest at work for dressing up as the “Little Old Lady from Pasadena.” It was hilarious, from wearing my grandmother’s old fancy glasses to a big polyester lounge dress, to playing the part all day (both walking and talking) she deserved to win!

  • 175 Charlene // Oct 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I loved Halloween so much for the trick-or-treating and dressing up every year so much that when the next Halloween came up my mother would have dig out all the old candy that I did not eat so I could use my plastic pupmkin again for trick-or-treating.

  • 176 Connie Montague // Oct 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    My funniest Halloween memory is when I dressed up as a witch with green makeup and all. My sister said I should come over and scare her children with my witch cackle since they were waiting for the babysitter to come over and would be sure to try and be first to answer the door. My nephews were about 9 and 4 and my niece was about 7 at the time. I rang the doorbell and crouched real low down. When my 9 year old nephew answered the door, I gave my best witch cackle. He was holding a glass of water and flung it all over, his brother was carrying a sandwich, dropped it and the dog ate it. My niece walked by and said, “Hi, Connie.” It was so funny that she wasn’t frightened at all, but her brothers both were. My sister and I had a good laugh.

  • 177 Mary Belk // Oct 29, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    My favorite Halloween was thirty six years ago. My three children had gone trick or treating and had gone to bed. I had just finished cleaning the kitchen and turned off the lights except for the frount poarch lights. I was tired and in my housecoat and just wanted to relax before going up to bed so I slipped out onto the side poarch to enjoy the beautiful full moon. My housecoat was black with a blue a lavender pattern on it and sort of blended with the night. As I sat there I saw three high school boys coming down the street soaping all the windows on the houses with no front lights on. As my front light was on they started down the street that my side poarch faced so I hid behind the tall bushes on one corner of the poarch. Just as they jumped up on the poarch I said in my best witches voice “He He I cought you didn’t I boys”. Then I started to cackle. You never saw three big hulking boys fall all over each other geting off the poarch. The more they stumbled the louder I cackeled. They took off down the street and were out of sight before I gould get off the pourch I was laughing so hard. It’s one Halloween I’ll never forget and I bet they didn’t either. I hope years later they had a good laugh too.

  • 178 Nancy Powers // Oct 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    My favorite Halloween story belongs to my 5 brothers & sisters and myself. Our next door neighbor would create a dark haunted stairwell in their house every year. Every kid had to walk to the 2nd floor landing to get candy. Going up those stairs always scared us. When we reached the landing our neighbor would grab a hand or arm with some sort of bellow – it made us scream. It was awesome! We knew it was him when we were older but it didn’t matter, it was always the best house!

    Now, to talk about my neighbor you have to understand my house was pretty awesome as well. Everyone loved coming to get candy from us. I grew up with parents who believed in only giving out full size candy bars & giving @ least 2 bars to each child. They believed it was a way to make Halloween a little more special especially living in a blue collar neighborhood with varied levels of income.

    To say that the 2 houses were popular stops is to put it mildly. I continue my parents tradition to this day.

  • 179 Lisa Drago // Oct 30, 2011 at 4:45 am

    What can I say that every Halloween is my favorite! I can’t pick out any one year to tell a unique or favorite Halloween story, so I will give all you intended victims a virtual, terrifying ride into my Halloween Land of No Return!

    I’m so in love with Halloween that I turn my front yard into a virtual cemetery complete with wooden tombstones made by my dad, which I painted artistically, ghosts made of styrofoam and vinyl tablecloths made by my mom, plus HOARDS of creepy ghouls and other trims.

    We also have several lighted 3D plastic figures to enhance the Halloween scene and make it come to life. The 6 foot grim reapers also add a formidable presence to the grim scene.

    I am very creative when it comes to Halloween decorating. I “creep up” my front porch, too, with lots of pumpkin lights, ghoulish fabrics, trims, etc. If you come onto my porch, you will be greeted by witches, reapers, spiders, etc. waiting to make you into a permanent guest!

  • 180 Kathy Lindemer // Oct 30, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I love reading these posts about full size candy bars. Kids of today have no idea what a full size candy bar is! This made me think of the time that as a child on the 1950′s I went to the door of a man who was shocked and embarrassed that he had forgotten that it was Halloween. He had no candy. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a nickle and handed it to me. I was happy to get this nickle and put it into my pocket rather than my trick or treat bag. As a kid, I was thrilled to have some cold, hard cash!

  • 181 sheryl kovach // Oct 30, 2011 at 5:15 am

    At the pumpkin patch, my daughter insisted on the most out of shape, bumpy, bruised pumpkin of all. It was like Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree, and she loved that pumpkin.

  • 182 Janelle Stafford // Oct 30, 2011 at 7:29 am

    When my daughter was ten and my son was seven I decided to make them into walking laundry baskets for Halloween. I got two laundry baskets and cut out the bottoms so they could put them around their wastes, suspenders to help them hold up the baskets and draped random pieces of clothing around the edges.

    They looked adorable and everything was perfect … until they tried to get through the doors and had to turn sideways to leave the house. I realized that buying perfectly round baskets instead of the long rectangular ones would have made much more sense! LOL

  • 183 Ce Strike // Oct 30, 2011 at 9:07 am

    What a great company to encourage fun and individuality! Yours must be a happy work place!

  • 184 fiona lewis mackert // Oct 30, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Halloween has always been one of my 2 favorite holidays and I really enjoyed dressing up as a kid. Since becoming an adult I only dressed in costume if I was going to a party but then I became a teacher and now I dress in costume every Halloween and my students really enjoy it.
    I think on of my favorite stories from childhood was the year I dressed as a hobo in one of my dad’s old suits. We went to our church’s carnival and I won a coconut cake in the cakewalk. I was so excited because I won a cake the fact that I hated coconut didn’t lessen my excitement at all!

  • 185 Renee W // Oct 30, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Halloween as a kid was great fun even if the costumes had to fit over winter coats. We used the “unsafe” plastic masks, used pillow cases and stayed away from the grouchy old man down the street. Then in high school it was so un-cool to dress up and go trick or treating. But over the last 15 years, the employees were allowed to dress up at work. I’ve had some of the most fun times just coming up with costume ideas. My favorite of all time was Carol Burnett’s version of Scarlet O’Hara with the curtain rod. It was the hit of the office party. This year I’m going as Indiana Jonesette. I can’t wait.

  • 186 Judy W // Oct 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

    My father had an absolutely scary Halloween mask that he would put on every year to scare me and the neighborhood kids. I miss that!

  • 187 Jesica T. // Oct 30, 2011 at 11:56 am

    My favorite Halloween so far has to be the first year my daughter went trick or treating, she was 2 and dressed up as a little hula dancer. She was very nrevous at first to walk up to the houses but once she realized they were giving away candy she got really into it but the cutest part was after she got the candy she told everyone “tank coo” all on her own and gave them the biggest toothy 2 yr. old grin I’ve ever seen.;)

  • 188 Debbie // Oct 30, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Halloween is my favorite time of year,Love it !Happy Halloween everyone!

  • 189 Bev Benz // Oct 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I am a teacher who has dressed up as a Nursery Rhyme book.

  • 190 Kristen Benson // Oct 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    halloween is always awesome. it’s my favorite holiday. i love carving pumpkins with my father.

  • 191 Sue T // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Halloween! My favorite! I grew up in western New York state and it always snowed on Halloween. Our costumes were always way too big so we could wear our winter coats underneath.

  • 192 Kat Petelle // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    My favorite Halloween memory was the first year they had scary clowns at Spookyworld. A group of us had gotten together to go there was four in one car and two in the other. We had one of those that liked to brag nothing could scare him, we played the trick on his wife had given me the spare key to there car and my group left first. I had makeup and a wig in the car and became a scary clown in seconds. I crawled into the backseat of their car and waited. When they got there I waited to they got in the carpet and sprang forward into the front seat he was so scared he wet himself. It was hilarious and he now laughs about it.

  • 193 Melissa P/ // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    One of my favorite Halloween/scary stories of all time is one my grandfather used to tell me as a kid all the time. I won’t tell the whole the story in detail here, but its about a man who worked for the railroad. He would use a lantern and move it certain ways to let the train know it was ok to go and he would also make sure the train tracks switched the right way. He was accidentally killed one night on the job. To this day people say you can still hear him scream and see his lantern moving up and down…. This is one of the many horror stories my grandfather tells :)

  • 194 Sally R // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Hi… I am hoping to learn beading. A friend of mine does such great work! I would like to win this package so it could be the beginning of my beading experience. I am sure she will help me make something fantastic!

  • 195 katie mae // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    My favorite is my versatile black cocktail dress. During the day I deck it out and present myself as a Black Widow complete with plastic spiders glued all over me, a feathery black mask, and a black boa. By night….the cocktail dress becomes a nun’s habit and is paired with a nun’s veil, cross, fishnet stockings and heels….a Naughty Nun. My fella, at 68, still loves his nun!!! :D

  • 196 Ruth Ann Shoaf // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    you always need supplies!!!! :)

  • 197 Beth Chevalier // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    We take our son to this home in Napa every year where you have to cross a spooky bridge to get to this gigantic creepy house to ring the bell for your treat. Well, the gentleman answers the door as a completely silent butler who says nothing, doesn’t move, blink, talk or anything. This freaks the kids out, but they love it. After you grab the candy from the tray, he slowly backs back up into his doorway without a smile, blink, nothing!! Completely stoned face. It scares the crap out of the kids and the parents love it. :)

  • 198 Theresa // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Love Halloween, like to see what costumes the kids come up with, like home made instead of store bought

  • 199 Karen // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    So many adventures. Here’s one for the memoir. I was 16 or 17 and had a major crush on the gas station owner’s son, Scotty. My friend and I invited him and his friend to come to my house to watch Psycho. He was so cute. We picked them up and we watched Psycho and ate candy. LOL Oh, he did put his hand on my back as we walked back out to the car.

  • 200 denise pressnall // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    when I was young my older brother woud wait up in our willow tree and jump down and scare the trick or treaters… he even would wait on other days to scare the paper boy. Then we would trick or treat till the midnight hour ….

  • 201 Charyl Alvarado // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I love Halloween!! My fav color is Purple so I’m happy to see all the purple and green Halloween decorations!!! :D

  • 202 Allison // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    When I was 13 my mom dressed up with this old scary man mask and one of my dads shirts and hid in a bush in our neighbors yard. When my best friend and I came walking by she jumped out at us breathing all hard and scared us so bad that my best friend peed her We still talk about it every halloween to this day and it’s been 20 yrs.

  • 203 Mandy // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Halloween is my mom’s birthday, so she never got a birthday party when we were little because she was always busy getting us ready to go trick or treating. (Dad would take us, Mom would stay home to pass out candy.) When I got older, I felt bad about it and told my dad I thought we should throw her a costume party or something… to which he replied, “Well, you know, that was pretty much the only night of the year mom had a quiet evening to herself, and she was surrounded by chocolate…”

    At which point, I realized, she was actually getting a break from us, which was probably MUCH more needed than a birthday party!

  • 204 Lizbeth Davis // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    My favorite Halloween memory is going to a party with my sister. She wore a brown felt sack. She wore halo and a cross and went as holy s***. It was hilarious!

  • 205 Wendy // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    My boyfriend ad I are going to Lambertville NJ to see the old victorian houses decorated for Halloween- then for a few beers in New Hope Pa.

  • 206 Amy T // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    When my daughter was in first grade, she wanted to be a “Gypsy.” Didn’t know how she had heard of Gypsies, but I had no problems coming up with colorful garb, a coin belt, scarves, etc. The next year, when in a store just when Halloween costumes were put out, she pointed and said “THAT’S what I wanted last year!” It was an Egyptian princess costume. Oops! White sleeveless dress with flat braid trim, a snake bracelet, headband and kohl eyes…Just a year late, LOL!

  • 207 Colleen // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I am still trying to figure out where Trick or Treating came from. I grew up in the 40′s and we didn’t do it then. We ran around with our friends, chalking up houses and hitting people with socks filled with flour. This was in Brooklyn, NY.

  • 208 Kathy D // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    My family was not big into the holiday so every year my parents and my best friends parents would take us out for dinner a pizza place and we would play vidoe games. It was great because we had most of the place to out selves

  • 209 Toni Wilson // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    My experience is I went to a Halloween party when I was in my early 20′s and had a person walk up to me dressed like the Grim reaper, he pulled his hand out and introduced himself as “Hello I am the Reaper” I shook his hand and it was cold and clammy, I had been drinking so this totally freaked me out! but, before he left me he says “I will see you soon!” This totally freaked me out and haven’t been to a Halloween Party since.

  • 210 ursula // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    I ran out of Halloween candy one year and wound up giving away packets of hot cocoa which the neighborhood kids reported was a great idea as it got really cold that night!!

  • 211 Leisa // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I always remember the Halloween my family moved from the Eastern side of our state to the Western side, along the coast.

    I was 8 years old and my sister was 6. I remember it was a BIG deal because we wanted to be able to go Trick or Treating before we left. So our parents waited until we did our treating and then we left. They drove all that way at night and each town we’d drive through there were all kinds of kids in costumes running down the streets and roads.

    That was 40+ years ago now but every year it’s a big memory of mine.


  • 212 Ellen Hathcote // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    My parents never let me trick or treat when I was a kid because they thought it was too dangerous! :( But when our child was about 5 years old, and we were living in a townhouse in an apartment community, my husband opened up the windows and played spooky sounds on a keyboard he had upstairs! My son and I trick or treated and then we came back to hand out candy to all the neighborhood kids… that was a great Halloween!

  • 213 Cat // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I love Halloween!
    I have so many fun memories but I’ll share the year my twin daughters were old enough to walk around for trick or treating.
    Since they were twins and identical (really you couldn’t tell who was who) we played that up and dressed them as Cinderella.
    Only one of them was the “before” Cinderella dressed in rags, an apron, and carrying a metal bucket and rag to keep her treats in. We smeared makeup on her face to give the appearance of dirt on it.
    The other one was dressed as the “after” Cinderella, dressed in a beautiful blue dress, complete with puffy organza sleeves, black choker and headband, white opera gloves and of course glass slippers.
    They were so cute and it’s something I’ll never forget.

  • 214 Eugenie // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    When I was in my first year at college, I went to see the movie The Night of the Living Dead with some friends on Halloween. We were all scared walking by the woods back to the dorms. The lighting along the path was not very good and we kept looking over our shoulders for zombies.

  • 215 Evelyn Payne // Oct 30, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    My favorite Halloween story happened in 1980 we were having a big party & invited all our friends to dress up. We all went all out and had spooky decorations with dry ice and a bon fire in the back yard.We all had a wonderful time my friends costumes were awsome.I took lots of pictures. And when I got them developed we all got a shock when in 1 of the pix around the bon fire there was a very realitic looking devil sitting in the circle with everyone. Funny thing was none of my friends knew who he was or had spoken a word to him or even remembered seeing him there @ all.Till this day it still gives me chills when I remember that picture of those scary eyes staring @ me ….. the ….uninvited devil.

  • 216 loragene // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    my favorit memory is when i use to dress my 3 kids as hobo’s and put them in a carboard box to look like a volts wagon , they had yard hair red rubber balls for there nose and my husbands flannel shirts. carried a sack on the end of a stick with a change of clothes. those are the memories i save in my heart till the day i leave this world and at 63 years old they become more precious.

  • 217 Cortney // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Halloween every year is the perfect holiday for me as my birthday is 2 days before! Growing up my parents always had a huge Halloween party for me as my birthday party. I still love to dress up every year!

  • 218 Roni Mahoney // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    My favorite, Halloween memory is that of my son at a place called Spooky World in NH. We had been going through the maze with him saying “this isn`t scary!” At every turn he would say it, well we come to the last bit of it and a guy with a chainsaw comes running up on him and he screamed like a girl and fell over backwards. We all laughed so hard. But he was not happy that we laughed at him so a personal picture with the original Mike Myers made him better, he still has it up on his facebook profile 5 years later!!

  • 219 Christine Potter // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I was about 10 years old and was out trick-0r-treating with my best friends. We went up to one house that had a life-sized scarecrow on the porch and as we rang the doorbell, that scarecrow came to life and scared the crap out of us! Turns out, it was the teenage boy in the house dressed up to have some fun with the kids. Boo!

  • 220 Sandra Howell // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    My favorite Halloween was when my girls were in grade school. They had a Halloween carnival and haunted house every year at the school. One year I was voted to play a dead person and lay in a coffin. I was suppose to sit up and scream when someone would approach the coffin. I got to the school the night of the event and quickly learned that the coffin was real. It was a fun night, but a little weird laying in a real coffin.

  • 221 Kathy Hanley // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Where I live we trick or treat the day before Halloween because we have a huge Halloween Parade on Halloween! It is so much fun to see all of the entrants! We have tons of floats, marching bands and groups! People dance, sing and perform as the parade moves along!

  • 222 Pat // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Instead of trick-or-treating, we would stay home and have pizza for dinner and make caramel apples and popcorn balls all evening while giving out candy. It was such a special treat. I still miss those times.

  • 223 Cindy Miraglia // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I loved the Halloween’s when my kids were little. I made costumes and we went Trick or treating…. they would get tired after a while. but the school had a carnival to keep the kids safe and off the dark streets. Those were lots of fun too.

  • 224 Pamra // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    When I was 9 my sister, brother and I went trick or treating for the first time on our own. We ran from house to house collecting loot. We ran through yards wily nilly hitting as many houses as possible, even running through back yards as short cuts. I fell and in the dark scrambled to collect my loot which had flown out of my bag and into the grass. Once at home, as a rule we poored out our candy to look through it for anything that should not be there and found hard pieces of dog poop in my candy! Mom called the police who took all of my candy for “inspection”. I was so disappointed, my brother and sister did not have dog poop in their bags, why mine? Then it dawned on me that the poop came from that yard where I had spilled my loot. I explained this to mom hoping I would get my candy back from the police, she called, they had tossed it and my brother and sister would only share tootsie rolls, which I hate to this day.

  • 225 Candace Gittere // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I grew up with a very difficult father who was barely around. I have very few fond childhood memories that include him except for a very lovely Halloween one. I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at 6 years old and was in the hospital, in tears, on that Halloween. I didn’t understand why I was in the hospital and why my father had told me that I most likely wouldn’t go trick or treating in years to come due to my diabetes and not being able to eat the candy. However, the following year my father told me that I could go trick or treating with my siblings. I, of course, moped around the whole time. What was the point when I couldn’t touch the goodies? When I got home I was asked to sit at the kitchen table and to spread out all my loot. To my surprise my father started to barter with me! He had gone out and purchased all my favorite sugar free items, along with things I loved to eat that didn’t effect my blood sugar levels, like pickles and jello cups. He would trade me pickles for chocolate bars or sugar free candies for smarties. We would spend hours haggling with each other. As I got older I got smarter and was soon able to walk away with not only goodies, but money! We now live on opposite sides of the U.S. but I’ve haggled a deal with dad. My 4 year old son (who thankfully is not currently diabetic) sends him a ziplock bag full of grandpas favorite Halloween loot and grandpa mails back a couple of bucks for him. My son doesn’t have much of a relationship with my father but he does know that grandpa’s there with a couple bucks for him if he does the Halloween leg work! :)

  • 226 Mary Ellen // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I think my favorite Halloween memory was when I was 8 yrs. old after just moving to the big city of “rural “Fryeburg, Me.From a even more rural area of Maine! Three of my 6 older brothers and I went out Trick or Treating and my 2nd youngest brother Mike was very tall at just over 6ft. at 12 or 13 years old, so people were refusing to give this gentle giant of a kid , any candy, as thought he was much too old to be trick or treating! So he kept hanging out with us well it paid off for him finally when we happened upon a house with a big heavy wash tub out front filled with candy. Well Mike was big and strong enough to lift it up and fill his pillow caase full!! We loved it then and now we think of how selfish and wrong that was but as we were kids then we enjoy the memory and the lesson it taught today!!

  • 227 Debbie // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Many come to mind but I’ll have to go with the Halloween Birthday party I did for our oldest daughter when she was 7. We had so many guests we had to have the party at the park. The kids still try to figure out who everyone is in the pictures from 1984.

  • 228 CINRAY // Oct 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I remember trick or treating as a child, 50 odd years ago, my own children when they went out 25 or more years ago, and now my grandchildren are going to go trick or treating with their dad, my son. It’s just not the same. I miss the freedoms we took for granted back then.

  • 229 Lisa // Oct 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I have one fun memory of Halloween. (not my favorite holiday) but i remember when i was little and it was our first year living in Colorado. and it had snowed. so we had a snowy Halloween. now of course i live in Alaska and if it doesn’t snow on Halloween we are all bummed but anyway that is my story :)

  • 230 Jodi Coffey // Oct 30, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I love fall & Halloween! The decorations, the smell and the family fun.

  • 231 Sue Thoroughman // Oct 30, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    When I was about 19 some friends and I were going through a haunted house. We were creeping along when just to our left, a chain saw started up in an area that was totally dark but behind some bars. Suddenly, the chain saw came through the bars and the bars BENT! We darted ahead, laughing, with me in the lead and somebody REALLY TALL grabbed me around the middle and PICKED ME UP!!! I totally freaked out and started screaming and kicking his shins!! He put me down and, sort of worried, said, “It’s okay, it’s okay…” By then, of course, I was laughing. Good haunted house.

  • 232 Debbie // Oct 30, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    This is a great company with great give aways. I sure hop that I am lucky enough to win this one!

  • 233 Mary Anne Smith // Oct 30, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    My favorite Halloweens were back in the early 1970s through the mid 1980s. We had one neighbor who would get out her grill and heat a huge pot of sloppy joe mix for everyone in the neighborhood – kids and adults who stopped by to “trick or treat.” Rain, snow or cold, she always had it ready at 6pm – what a wonderful memory of the time back before “trick or treat” meant no home made treats!!

  • 234 Kathy // Oct 30, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    When my son was 5 years old we closed on our first house on Halloween Day. At the age of 5, it was the first Halloween that he REALLY understood what Halloween was all about and was looking forward to wearing his Yugioh costume and going trick or treating like the big kids. With all Halloween Day devoted to the last details of moving and the closing of the new house, Halloween got lost in the shuffle. We went to the new house with “Yugioh” in tow with no candy to give out, no kids to trick or treat with. As we were standing out in front of our first home, an elderly man from across the street came over and introduced himself. He saw my dejected little boy and said, “hold on, I’ll be right back”. A minute later he returned with a brown paper sack filled with candy. He’d even written my son’s name on the bag and drew a ghost and a pumpkin on it. He gave the treats to my son and said “the great pumpkin left this for you..he knew you’d come by to pick it up so I held onto it for you”. My son was thrilled and I was so greatful as it was the only Halloween treat he got that year. We all remember that night so fondly. The kindness of a new neighbor who made one little boy’s Halloween.

  • 235 Janet Gilmore // Oct 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I remember going to homes for trick or treat and being able to pick from an assortment of handmade goodies.

  • 236 turtle // Oct 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    how fun! happy halloween, all hallows eve… whatever you celebrate! :)

  • 237 Carol Greer // Oct 30, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    A few years ago my husband and a friend of ours volunteered to help with a local historical site’s “Haunted Trail” thingy. A group of teens came through and one boy was especially rude and heckled everyone in the house part of the tour, including being extremely rude to our friend who’s in a wheelchair. I was working out in the woods and we’d heard on our 2-way radio that we had a “bad” guest coming through, to just get through it as best we could because he was just going to be a pain. So instead of taking my usual position, I moved away from the feature and stepped into the shadows well away from everyone. I was wearing “widow’s weeds” and blended with the shadows even when the guide’s lantern was going by. When the kid came by, I could hear him being rude to the other two in my section and as he passed me, I slipped into the group and walked behind him. He thought it was one of his friends until I screamed right behind him. He turned, grabbed ME and screamed his head off and took off running away from the group and the light and plowed into a tree. There was a lot of heckling going on the rest of the walkthrough for his group… all of them laughing at HIM for getting so scared. It was pretty awesome.

  • 238 Karin Dronenburg // Oct 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Hate to admit it, but my now son-in-law brought over a broken chainsaw a couple of years ago, put on a really awful mask and came running out from behind our tree revving the chainsaw at high-school age kids— scared the stuffing out of them and I honestly laughed until I cried. I know– so very wrong, but at least I’m honest!

  • 239 Terry // Oct 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Love my group of friends. We all love to dress up and have a great time.

  • 240 Betty // Oct 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    My favorite Halloween was when a local car dealership had a kid’s costume contest and my 5 yr old son Ben (now 28) won. He was dressed up as a Vietnam Vet complete with camaflogued face. This made his Dad, a real Vietnam Vet, very proud.

  • 241 Glenda Canada // Oct 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Every Halloween is filled with wonderful memories, it’s my birthday so it is always very special as I get to celebrate it with the ones I love…extra special and fun too!!!

  • 242 Mia Denman // Oct 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    My most memorable Halloween was the year I was about ten… I had broken my foot not long before, and had a lovely plaster cast on it. I wore my Mom’s old pro dress, and was “Cinderella.” We tromped all over the small town we lived in, which was not easy for me! We didn’t take into account that the leaves we were walking through were wet from recent rains, and by the time we got home, the bottom of my cast was falling off!!

  • 243 Maxi Shafer // Oct 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    My favorite Halloween was when I took my son trick or treating for the first time. The expression on his face the first time he got candy for merely saying “trick or treat” was priceless!

  • 244 Bridgette Reichwein // Oct 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I think my favorite Halloween stories are when it snowed on that day. Trick or treating as a kid was the worst when it snowed! My mom insisted on making me wear my snowsuit UNDER my costume! You know how hard that is to do! LOL I felt like that poor kid in a Christmas Story where the mom wraps him up so tight he can’t put his arms down….hahaha That’s how it felt for me! A princess costume over a big old snowsuit and earmuffs under a tiara! Now there’s a memory that a kid will never forget…I haven’t!! :)

  • 245 suzie // Oct 31, 2011 at 6:23 am

    My favorite Halloween tradition is not a story but every year my husband and I dress up along with our children and as the kids trick or treat we hand out candy! I just love seeing all of the original costumes kids come up with :)

  • 246 terri bass // Oct 31, 2011 at 6:55 am

    My 18 yr old daughter and I shared this Halloween and it’s pumpkin carving tradition with a friend that is from Thailand. She is a graduate student at a local university. She chose a simple ghost pattern. The pumpkins were hard and difficult to get the lids cut. My friend stuck with it till she had a very nice pumpkin carved and then decided that she needed to add some bats to each side of the ghost. I was so impressed at the job she did with very little instruction. I got tickled at her, she took pictures of it in all stages including what the inside looked like before cleaning. It was lots of fun to share the tradition with someone from another country that had never carved a pumpkin before.

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