As I sit writing this blog, I think about the Halloweens of my past. The best part of Halloween was figuring out what I was going to dress up as. Then my mom would figure out a way to make the costume as cheap as she could without making it look cheap. I think they were the best costumes ever. Not to mention most of the time I could re-wear part of it throughout the year.
Some of the costumes I had were Strawberry Short Cake, clown, cheerleader, and a princess. My costumes were pretty easy. My brother's on the other hand, weren't so easy. I remember when Stars Wars were popular and my brother wanted to be Darth Vader so mom went and created his costume. It was a box that had to be taken off and put back on every time we got in and out of the car.
Another year, he wanted to be a pack of Wrigley's Gum complete with foil hat. Again it was another box with the same issues as before. But the best costume he probably had was the school mascot. I am from Mitchell, SD and if you know anything about Mitchell, you know about the Corn Palace. The Corn Palace is a building covered with pictures made with colored corn cobs.
Think CORNY when you think of the school mascot. NO LITERALLY think CORNY, as our mascot was a corn cob. The name of our mascot was Cornelius, a girl, I guess. I didn't find that out until I was in high school but whatever. My mom still did a good job making it and I am sure my family had fun going trick or treating that year.
As I grew out of the age of trick or treating and moved out on my own, I enjoyed passing out candy to the younger crowd. I don't get any trick or treaters out on the farm but that is ok because I do participate in the Spook Walk which is Charles City's event where the business owners and nonprofit groups are able to set up a booth based on a theme to pass out candy.
Last year the theme was family game night, so I choose to do Candy Land. It was a lot of fun with a gingerbread house, lollipop Forest, Peppermint Forest, Princess Lolly, Mr. Mint, and Mrs. Gumdrop. Here is a picture from the event.
This year the theme was family movie night. Here is Cars at the Drive In.
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