Halloween Memories

Halloween was always a funny time growing up.
See, I was a “stage baby” so I was always wearing costumes to sing and dance in.  So Halloween was often just a chance to reuse a costume we already had.  While I LOVE a good theme night, it wasn’t as exciting for me as it was for my friends to dress up.
And we didn’t really live in a neighborhood to trick or treat in…so we would go to the mall.
It was fun then, but looking back, I’m not sure how. ha!
There were hundreds of kids there, and we literally would stand in a big line around the mall….walking from store to store.  There were people in the fronts of the stores handing out candy.  So you would shuffle along just waiting to be next in line for a piece of candy to be dropped in your bucket.  Since these stores had to pass out hundreds of pieces of candy, you didn’t really get the prime stuff at the mall (hardly ever any Twix).  But, I remember being SO excited when I saw these two pieces of cheap candy in my bucket.  I loved them.  Even to this day, if I see these candies in a candy dish, I have trouble keeping my paws off them.
For starters, these strawberry beauties.  Not only do they taste like a delicious berry, but they had a gooey center.  So you could chomp into them and then get a soft yummy treat. 🙂 (yes, I’m reminiscing about my favorite penny candy.  Sorry.  Not sorry).
And I would trade my Aunt Sandy (who was just a few years older than me and would trick or treat with me) almost anything she wanted for her share of these little blue rolls.  Vanilla Tootsie Rolls.  They are like biting into candy heaven.  So yum.
So those are some of my Halloween memories.  That and that one time I went to the Haunted House at my school (I was in third grade…and the Haunted House was put on by the drama department) and was scared to death.  I remember the chain saw man coming after us…and the “ghostly guide” was acting like we were trapped in the cafeteria and would soon meet our maker.  I remember yelling at her saying “GET ME OUT OF HERE NOW!!!!” and hating Haunted Houses ever since. 
What is your favorite Halloween candy?  Do you like Haunted Houses?  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Comments

  1. LOVE those strawberry candies! I am with you too, we used to trick or treat at the mall and my husband thinks that’s so weird!

  2. girl. YES! i don’t like tootsie rolls….but if they’re the vanilla kind?! bring it on! 😉
    xx

  3. Yum for the strawberry candies, that gooey center is so good.. my grandpa always gives them to us when we visit! Annnnd, I just had one of those vanilla tootsie rolls last night!

  4. A bunch of the kids in our neighborhood would go around as a group. Our parents would follow behind with their glass of wine or beer bottle in hand and talk while we trick or treated lol! Also, in college I tried to go to a Haunted House with friends and became so terrified when we got to the door that I couldn’t do it and had to wait in the car for my friends to finish. I cannot do horror movies or haunted houses!

  5. The vanilla tootsie rolls are my weakness!

  6. Such memories! My grandmother always carried those strawberry candies in her purse, and I loved them. 🙂
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Halloween Memories

Today’s Blogtober Fest post is all about Halloween memories!
I have tons of fun Halloween memories as a kid…but all those (embarassing) photos are at mom’s, so in order to keep you captivated with awesome photos, I will have to tell you about the last Halloween where I dressed up.
It was our first Halloween as a couple back in maybe 2008?  We were in college, and Tyler’s social club (fraternity) were going on an outing to Dallas over Halloween, including a Halloween dance. So we had to find costumes.
I am the costume queen.  After singing and dancing for my entire life (as well as a couple years in Branson), I have two closets at mom’s full of costumes. I have outfits for everything just about. A nurse outfit? Got it. Western? 50’s? Hula? Country? You name it, I can dress for it out of that costume closet.
So we started there. Tyler looked through my costumes trying to imagine what we could go together as.  Add a doctor’s outfit to my nurse? Nope, that wasn’t cutting it.  Go as hippies with my tye-dye pants as inspiration. Lame, he said. So we took a trip to the local costume shop.
It was a party store the rest of the year, but at Halloween, every inch of space were packaged costumes.  I told him to basically pick anything, and I would be the female pair to it.  Cop? Then I’ll be a robber. Want to be monkeys? I’ll get the gorilla suit. Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion? How about we do celebrity? Go as Brad and Angelina (I even offered to go all Tomb Raider). Again…a no.
We probably spent a good hour browsing all the costumes.  I thought we were doomed to go to the dance in regular clothes as college kids because Mr. Picky couldn’t find a costume. Then he suddenly gasped, pointed and exclaimed “That’s it!”
“It” was a Luke Skywalker outfit.  Tan leggings, a tunic, and a belt. WHAT? (to this day, I think he chose it because of the lightsaber.)
Now, my husband is NOT a sci-fi guy.  He’s a country boy who owns a motorcycle shop. He has never even SEEN all the Star Wars movies. What did that leave me to dress as?
Yup.
Princess Leia.  Enter the bun wig.
I held up my agreement that I would be anything. I bought the white robe and wig.  I tried my hardest to make it cute by shortening the robe and adding leggings and high heels.
Tyler bought a “lightsaber.”  (I honestly believe he just wanted to carry a fake light up weapon all evening.  Admittedly, the glow of the lightsaber was fun at the dance.)
And here was the finished product.Yes, I’m aware they are brother and sister…but I was just glad we had a costume that got Mr. Picky’s approval.
Now, that night was fun.  But let the record show that I have never gotten my Halloween revenge choice of outfits. We haven’t been to another Halloween function since then.  I want so desperately to be Lucy and Ricky from I Love Lucy.  I was Lucy at a celebrity function in college and totally pulled it off.  
Evidence.  I kill it as Lucy.
And I think Tyler could carry a bongo.  He does like the props.
What was your best Halloween costume?

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  1. HA! I love it. Next time you go, tell him that his “revenge” costume has built up interest because it’s been so long!

  2. Way too cute! We don’t go to many Halloween parties as an adult.

  3. Love it! We go all out at my house and in my neighborhood. But deciding on a costume stresses me out – lol.

  4. I knew when I saw “social club” you, too, were a Ouachita alum! Then I went over and watched your Love Story video. So sweet!

  5. Yes when anyone says “social club” that’s an OBU dead give away. My husband and I are both OBU grads. Fun story and costumes.

  6. Oh yeah, you can tell he’s totally loving the light saber!!! That’s funny. What a great story! And much cuter than my husband and I being *clowns* our first Halloween married. (lame-o!!) 🙂

  7. What? Branson? How fun!

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