Happy Almost Halloween, everybody!
I grew up in a neighborhood that didn’t have a lot of children, and our family never made much fuss about Halloween. We didn’t get trick-or-treaters, and unless we went out to get candy with our friends in their more family-friendly neighborhoods, we didn’t do much of that, either.
In spite of that–or maybe because of it?–when I got married and had kids I discovered I adored Halloween. We decorate the house, buy buckets of candy, create cool costumes, read scary books and watch creepy movies.
And since I’ve become a big fan, here are some of my Personal Best and Worst awards:
Best Candy: Fun-sized Almond Joys. I can’t help it. I’m a coconut nut.
Worst Candy: Jolly Rancher. Probably you’re not supposed to try to chew them, but I always do, and wow. You could lose your fillings with this stuff.
Best Scary Movie: The Ring. It isn’t the creepy kid in the corner that got me in this film. It was the weird black and white photographs. Why? I have no idea. That’s probably what makes it so scary.
Worst Scary Movie: Saw, any version. I really, really hated these movies. To me, more sadistic than scary.
Best Costume: I can’t chose one of my own, because I literally can’t remember a single costume from my childhood. So I’ll pick one I made for Girlchild the year she was 12, and fell in love with Shakespeare. We made a Juliet costume, a red velvet Elizabethan gown complete with fabulous pearl and gold braiding….and a to-die-for Juliet cap. (No pun intended.) I don’t have any photos of it, though I do have a video, thank goodness. 🙂
Worst Costume: I have to admit I get tired of the Frozen costumes, even though it makes me sound like a Halloween Scrooge. I’ve seen soooo many already, and expect this year to be a repeat.
Best Decoration: We had an awesome flying witch who screamed and lit up with red glowing eyes whenever a trick-or-treater walked by. We had to take it down, though, because it scared the little ones to the point of tears. But boy was she scary!
Worst Decoration: We once bought a spider that was supposed to scurry up and down a wire, making a horrible noise, every time a kid came to the door. It NEVER worked right, and was guaranteed to do its thing only when I was home alone, and there was no one, seriously, no one, at the door. He lives in the local landfill now. 🙂
How about you? Pick any one of these categories, and tell me your personal best and worst! I’ll be giving away a $10 Amazon gift certificate to one randomly chosen poster.
And I’m so sorry that I forgot to pick a winner of the last blog! I’ll announce both winners this coming Sunday, officially, but in case you’re reading this, Suzanne W, you’re the winner of the Dear Author blog! Email me privately at KOBrien@aol.com, and I’ll get your prize out to you asap!