I know a lot of folks don't get into Halloween but I've always loved it. For me, it was a fun time that fostered my creativity, brought me together with my little friends and signaled the beginning of the holiday season. I grew up in a small town in the days when no one worried about 'dangerous' treats and few people locked their doors at night. I'd gather with my little girlfriends and we'd visit everyone in town, many of whom went all out by actually making their popcorn balls or dipping apples into carmel. Homemade treats were the norm, not the exception in those days. We knew everyone and the folks in town happily took pics, teased and tormented us as we made them 'guess' who was behind the mask! The air was crisp with fall in the air and, in those days, it was always tempting to dig through our bags to ooh and aah over what we had been given.
I brought that love of the occasion into my own home and nothing tickled me more than to come up with the perfect costumes for my kids. I think my daughter set the record for the number of times one could be a witch. I tended toward the fancy stuff...lots of orange or black taffeta, lace, velvet witch hats and fancy black shoes with big buckles or lace up boots. My photo album is full of pics of her, at various ages, in her witchy attire. My son trended toward ninjas, vampires, pirates and one year he was a big black spider. Fascinating costume, that one. He'd wear black sweats and step into a body suit that featured a big padded belly. The many spider legs were attached to his arms to spread out when he raised his arms.
My sister had two boys who were close to my kids ages so I'd box up my used costumes and she would do the same and we'd ship them to each other. Since we were in different states, this worked like a charm (especially for the boy stuff). Saved us both money plus the kids got something new and cool to wear for their trick or treating.
Now my kids are grown and doing more 'adult' Halloween stuff but I must admit that I miss those days of walking with them through the neighborhood on a crisp October night.