Halloween is not just for kids, is it?

When I was a kid, in upstate NY, there was a 50/50 chance that it would be snowing on October 31 each year.  As we had very unseasonably warm weather this fall, I was reminded of all the wonderful things my family used to do on All Hallows Eve… In the meantime, on Howl’s show last Wednesday, we asked you to share your most memorable Halloween recollection.  So I’ll share a few.

That is the point of Halloween here in the U.S.  In short, we love to step out as someone else, whether we are 5 years old or 75 years old, for just one night, we want to be someone else.  With parties and door to door excursions for the little ones, we all love to put on someone else’s clothes and have everyone ask that one question…. WHO are you?

I’ll start by telling you what one of my most embarrassing moments was each year.  When we were very young, my single mom didn’t have money to buy those lovely plastic masks and costumes that all the other kids had.  This particular year, she came up with bed sheets from a box that my Grandma had given us months before. Two holes in each and we were her three little ghosts.  Now, if I haven’t before, mentioned it, my Grandma loved pink, so rather thank white ghosts, we looked like three pink bismuth blobs walking the streets. How many times can you be asked, “What are you supposed to be deary?” So parents, remember when dressing your children for Halloween, be kind and don’t stress them out.  Help them out by making a creative yet plainly obvious costume for them to traipse about in.

One listener wrote that he remembered eating free candied apples from a place called, The Cider Mill in Upstate NY. Oh, the smell of that cinnamon hard candy with the tart apple and the red stuff stuck in your teeth, it sounds horrible but tastes incredible.  So, is Halloween a real gift for the dentists of the world?  Will your child be damaged by eating a mega-bowl of candy? No, actually studies show that letting your child eat the 8-10 pounds of candy that they get, is going to benefit you in the long run.  Remember that this happens once a year and as much you are going to cringe when they eat 12 peanut butter cups in three minutes, letting them go and not being controlling might actually be good for them in the long run.  So listen to the voice in your head which is actually me saying, “What’s the big deal?  Chill out and let your kid eat some candy!”  (After you check it of course.)

Another listener sent a message saying that as a teenager in the 80’s, a costume party kiss was the most memorable time she had ever had.  As a 16 yr old at a party where almost everyone wore a mask, she thought she recognized a voice, then there was a kiss but she never found out who the masked kisser dressed as a vampire was. So romantic and mysterious, but it’s a memory that still makes her giggle today.

I think that adults get into Halloween and put more effort into costumes and the fun sometimes. Ours costumes range from funny, to scary, to sexy to just plain “What the heck are you supposed to be?”  One of our listeners remembered that as an engineer for a manufacturer, he sported alien antennae and a cape after lunch to join in the fun.  There was definitely a FAIL when the receptionist neglected to phone down that the boss was bringing customers through for a plant tour.  I guess they could just say they were an equal opportunity employer.

Howl and I just want to say thanks to everyone who joined us for our Pre-Halloween show last week.  We hope you enjoyed the crazy Halloween inspired music that some of our friends came up with and we look forward to hearing from you next week.  Feel free to poke Howl at anytime, email  DJHowl@exosphereradio.com . ~~Kelly


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