Halloween, the time of year when we get to dress in costume and pretend to be someone or something else. I vaguely remember trick or treating when I as growing up with lots of friends. It was a big deal to dress up and collect as much candy as possible. I always wanted it to be a fun time for my daughter, Belinda as well but from an early age, this fun night turned into something totally different. We laugh about it now but I know it left a lasting impression on her causing her to dislike Halloween and “masked” people even now at the ripe age of 28.
Belinda was about 18 months old the first time we went to Disney. My mom and I were more excited then Belinda. It was her first trip on an airplane AND her first of many Disney trips. In a nutshell, Belinda screamed every time she saw a Disney character (Mikey, Minnie, Donald) come near her. She was happy to see them at a distance but did not want them to be close to her. They were BIG, SCARY creatures. To say the least, there are no pictures of my daughter hugging Mickey. Now if any of the “princesses” came near her, she was content. No masks so no need to be scared.
Every Halloween, Belinda dressed in costume and did the trick or treat thing. We did the mall thing sometimes because Belinda wasn’t a big candy eater and the local mall gave out stickers and other items for the kids. She never wore anything with a mask, remember the Disney fiasco?
As Belinda got older, she would go trick or treating with her best friend Jen Loder (Otepka). Halloween in Jen’s neighborhood was a BIG deal. The kids dressed in costumes, the houses were decorated and even the adults got into the spirit of things. It was Belinda’s first year spending the holiday in their neighborhood. Rich dressed in costume, came out of the darkness and scared the kids. Now, he did this every year so most of the kids knew it would be coming sometime during the night. No one bothered to tell Belinda about this Halloween tradition. Rich jumped out from behind a tree shaking his chains and dressed in costume. To say the least, Belinda screamed and ran to Jen’s parents who quickly tried to convince her all was well. Rich apologized but it became the talk of the neighborhood how he had managed to scare her. From then on, when Belinda did Halloween at Jen’s, she was watching for him but she was never ready for him to scare her.
Masked people, large characters and scary/ haunted events were on Belinda’s list of things NOT to do which is funny because she ALWAYS watched the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series at home with my friend April when she was young. Great Halloween memories.
Now, Halloween is very quiet. The kids are grown and despite a neighborhood full of kids, we don’t get any trick or treaters.
What are your favorite Halloween memories growing up or with your children? Share them with us or share pictures of your BEST Halloween costume
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