Welcome to the 25th day of BlogFest!! Can you believe we have already made it to almost the end of the month? Today I am your host and challenge you to write about:
"Your favorite Halloween Memories"
What are my favorite Halloween memories?? I have so many it is hard to pinpoint one particular favorite so I am going to touch on many because I can! Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Every October my mom would dig out the Halloween decorations and deck the halls with pumpkins, ghosts, black cats, and witches. When it became fashionable to string orange and purple lights to celebrate Halloween she did that too. She always took me trick or treating and since most of my relatives lived far apart, a lot of the witching hour of trick or treat was spent on the road racing from house to house. I could always count on a huge Hershey bar and some money at my Grandma’s house and every year looked forward to the baked Halloween cookies my aunt made which were frosted in orange and decorated with candy corn, marshmallows, and chocolate morsels.
One year the Oak Ridge Boys were in town for Halloween and my mom and I dressed up and went to the concert. Although there was a costume contest, neither one of us won. We had a great time anyways. I dressed as a court jester and my mom was a classy witch complete with sequined black dress, black high heels, jewelry, and pointy black hat. I will never forget when we rushed home for some reason that afternoon what transpired. Although I have shared this little story before, it is simply too memorable not to share again since it is one of my favorite memories. My mom flew into the drive way like a bat out of hell, jumped out of the car, and squatted on the front lawn and took a pi$$ while I laughed myself silly. I can only imagine what the passing traffic and the folks waiting in the drive up at the bank across the street thought about seeing a witch pissing on the lawn on Halloween. If you got to go, you got to go.
Once I became an adult and worked, Halloween was made even more fun when we were encouraged to dress up and bring in treats to enjoy throughout the day. While I dressed up when I worked at a grocery store as a cat, my favorite memories were of when I worked at the local library. All the employees dressed up and in my department, we brought in lots of food so we could party and graze all day while we worked. The children's department always hosted a Halloween party and then would parade all the kids throughout the library. They were as thrilled to see our costumes as we were to see theirs.
Since my own kids have arrived on the scene I have continued my mom’s example of making Halloween memorable. Every year I have made sure my kids are made up in costume whether bought or hand made. One year I made both kids pirate outfits and took them to the town Halloween party. We played games, drank apple cider, ate doughnuts, and collected candy at the fire house. We took a haunted hayride into the cemetery where we encountered spooks, goblins, and the headless horseman who rushed at the wagon and scared the be Je$us out of all of us.
Every year since I have known my husband I have visited the Pumpkin Fantasy Land in Ligonier, Indiana to explore their new pumpkin creations, a hayride to the pumpkin patch, and to find my way through the straw mazes. Before going home we picked the perfect pumpkins which I will take great delight in knifing, degutting, and carving a whimsical face. We always save the pumpkins seeds which I bake for a snack, and this year I plan to brew some pumpkin juice to wash them down with.
Like me, my kids favorite memories include walking through the neighborhood and loading up on tons of candy. The best part of Halloween is dressing up, the candy, and the food until next time when I give you another glimpse into the life of a trucker’s wife.