Happy Halloween 2007, and Happy Halloween from G-o-o-g-l-e above! I just love watching to see what G-o-o-g-l-e does each year. Yes, it's that time of year again. I'll be bustling around the house, getting ready for this evening. Now, for today's special post, I could have investigated the origins of Halloween, but instead I chose to share some of MY traditions. Everybody has a tradition for something or other. For me, when I look back on past Halloweens, there are some highlights.
When I was little, we lived next door to a family who was new to this country. They had a daughter, around the same age as me. She had never experienced Halloween before, so we taught her what to say, and managed to have her dressed up as a hobo. From that time forward, she and I had been childhood friends.
One memorable Halloween, my Dad had made a witch hat for me. It was a really cool hat...a very tall hat. The hat was so tall, that when I went trick-or-treating at houses where I had to walk under a doorway, the hat would get caught and topple off.
I always remember my Dad coming along with me. There would be a ton of candy in my little bag, so my Dad carried a pillow case, and would fill it up so as to relieve me of the weight. At the end of the night, we'd trudge the bags back home, then dump them out to check them for the bad stuff.
My parents would make up goodie bags to hand out. Some people hand out scoops of candy, or hand out chips and a chocolate bar, but we handed out goodie bags. The goodie bag tradition is now a part of my Halloween. Every year, I buy an assortment of candy and create anywhere from 60 to 100 goodie bags. This year I have 100 bags ready.
This year, as in prior years, we decorate the outside of the house on Halloween itself. My tradition has us decorate on the day itself, not beforehand. This year, we are going to don our hippie costumes, complete with wigs, and have a little fun.
Happy Halloween everybody....it's going to be a good one!