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Posted: October 23, 2011 12:30 a.m.

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Trick or Treat!

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday since I was a little girl. There’s just something special and magical about Halloween.  When the leaves began turning and falling from the trees, the excitement began as we counted down the days to Halloween. In school, we would make stuffed pumpkins from grocery bags and paint them bright orange and draw on their faces. Daddy and I would pick the perfect pumpkin to transform into a magical jack-o'-lantern. 

Halloween in a small town like Social Circle was and still is a magical and fun night filled with ghosts, ghouls and goblins. Back then, our parents didn’t have to worry about us going door to door trick or treating. If we got candy apples, cookies or popcorn balls, nobody questioned if they were laced with anything harmful or dangerous.  One year, one of our neighbors set up a grill on their sidewalk and we were treated to roasting marshmallows. 

After we married, Sweet Pea and I had different ideas on celebrating Halloween. He was in charge of carving the jack-o'-lantern and luckily I bought several because it took more than a little magic before he finally created the perfect jack-o'-lantern. We threw a few Halloween parties over the years, but we decided to give it a rest the year Sweet Pea dressed as a pirate and got into the punch bowl.  

When the kids came along, Halloween became all about them and I spared nothing in making it fun and memorable for them. One year, we had a garden and planted our own great pumpkin patch. The kids and I carefully tended them and had several that weighed over 75 lbs. We decorated inside and out with enough lights to make our yard look like an airport landing strip. Whimsical scarecrows, silly ghosts and goblins and the biggest jack-o'-lantern made trick-or-treating lots of fun.

I made both my kids' costumes for their first Halloweens and they made the cutest little devil and witch. Halloween was always lots of fun for the kids and they were pretty clever at coming up with some tricks to pull, even as little youngsters.  Their first trick was talking us into going in the Haunted House with them at Six Flags Fright Night one year. They still laugh remembering how fast Sweet Pea got in and out, leaving the kids with me to brave the monsters of the night. Once they got a little older, we somehow got talked into hosting a Halloween party. With the kids in charge, they transformed our garage into spooky city with purple lights, fog machines and spooky music. Once the fun and games wore off, they decided to pull their second trick, going house to house knocking on doors and running to hide in bushes and trees but that little trick backfired when Sweet Pea and I caught them in the act.  

Even though the kids are grown now, Halloween is still lots of fun at our house. We all get into the spirit, decorating and dressing up for Halloween, including the dogs. Oscar was Superman one year, even though he’d just had surgery making him less of a superman. Opie took home Best Costume honors at the Howl-O-Ween Dog Festival a few years ago decked out as King Opie, His Royal Highness complete with robe and royal crown. 

This year the house will once again be transformed inside and out with lights and all the silly and scary Halloween decorations. Heaven only knows what other tricks are in the works between the kids, the dogs and Sweet Pea because around here there is never a dull moment, especially on Halloween!



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