This week’s memory challenge is inspried by the fact that this week is Halloween. So I thought I’d try to see how many Halloween memories I could bring up to the surface. This one surprised me as I have very few memories about Halloween as a child.
I rememer that I couldn’t wait until the costumes showed up in the stores. They were all made by the same company and came with those one piece costumes and a hard plasic mask that made me sweat. The only costume I actually remember is one of Casper the Friendly Ghost.
I can’t remember any other single costume. Okay, wait, I remember being a clown in a costume that my grandmother made for me with a tall, cone cap.
I can’t remember going trick or treating.
I remember that my mom had a large paper skeleton that she would hang on the front door. And we had this foam like pumpkin that had a single light bulb in the center to make it light up. We’d put it in the front window.
Wow, that’s all I remember about Halloween as a child. Your turn. What memories do you have of Halloween?
I remember being the Easter bunny in a Halloween parade. (awkward? Ye-ah!) I was on the Girl Scout float, and my mom was obsessing over the fact that my ears wouldn’t stay up. And I remember feeling so anxious, I almost threw-up. Halloween lost its appeal after that, I think…*sigh*
I have several memories, but the one that springs to mind right now is going out with my dad and brothers and sister. My brother Pat was probably 4 years old or so. We went by a house that had its front lawn decorated like a cemetary, and stopped to look. A couple of older kids (HS or college) in creepy costumes came out to scare us–and Pat started swinging his candy bag. He landed a couple of blows on the kids, too.
It might not surprise you to learn that a couple of weeks ago, he helped a security guard at the store where he works take down a shoplifting suspect who was fighting back with a flying tackle, then handcuffed the guy. We should start calling him Mr. Justice. 😉
I had a Casper the Friendly Ghost costume, too. I didn’t get new costumes every year. In fact, I only had two costumes my whole childhood — Casper, and then when I insisted I was too old to be Casper, I was a witch.
I remember one year that it was snowing while trick or treating..not heavy, but definitely snowing….
I do remember costumes…there was a donkey (how humiating wearing those hand me down costumes I never got to pick for myself), a bunny, and some sort of princess thing that had this horrible plastic mask that made my face all sweaty…
the best Halloween was in college. We had our own private little party in our apartment with just our closes friends. My roomate and I dressed as ‘ladies of the evening’ and her boyfriend dressed as our pimp! It was all in good fun….nothing ever became of those one night professional costumes…lol
Raggedy Ann. Every year my mother made me a Raggedy Ann costume. I loved it. I don’t know why. I didn’t even have a Raggedy Ann doll. I don’t remember much about trick or treating, except that I was usually cold because I didn’t want to cover my costume. But the trading. That was really the main event. Come home, dump the candy out, and trade with my older brother. Sweet memories. Thanks for the prompt to bring them up!
My bedroom was on the second floor. My brother took a HORRIBLE MASK, stuck it on the end of a clothes pole (remember those things? to hold up a clothesline?) and tapped it on my window. I looked out, saw a face, and freaked out!!