Halloween Memories

I have always loved Halloween!

The smell of damp leaves comes to mind, as well as, candle scorched pumpkin “meat”.

We roamed our neighborhood, after dark, passing one hundred  kids doing the same. As we grew older, and went farther, we carried pillowcases to fill with treats. The homemade treats were wonderful!  Candied apples a favorite. One neighbor served cinnamon doughnuts and apple cider.

A breeze was common,  animating our capes and fancy dresses as the dry leaves danced along beside us. Once in a while, they’d lift in a tornado-like whirlpool.

Most of our costumes were homemade, with a few store-bought props. Pirates, ghosts and princesses were very popular. When guessing the kids behind the masks, it was easy if you knew the family sizes and ages. Each group could be identified by their “relative” heights.

The evening was far from over upon the return home! There was much sorting and trading to do. All the Fifth Avenues were for Dad. I got the Three Musketeers!

There was one candy hoarder in every family! My brother held on to his longer in order to dangle them in front of his sisters who had been extra generous and sugar hungry. Makes me laugh to think he had candy until Christmas…our stockings made the “treat hoarding” game moot.

Yes, I think Halloween was my favorite holiday as a kid!

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