I am the mother of one precocious preschooler, a set of adorable twins and the wearer of many hats-- mommy, wife, belly dancer, teacher, library student and writer. With all that on my plate, occasionally, I have time for a workout. You can also find a few more of my witty asides at Lifestyles of the Destitute and Obscure

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Halloween When I Was Growing Up

“Now, when I was your age,” I’ll tell my daughter, right before I cringe inwardly and then give myself mental whiplash as I try to stick to my guns, “we didn’t eat all our Halloween candy at once.”

Really.  Halloween at my house when I was growing up meant homemade costumes that we helped construct, my dad’s birthday (which is October 31st) getting short shrift, and getting to eat 1 (that’s ONE) piece of candy that night after we got done filling our pillowcases with candy.

Okay, picture that now and wonder– did anyone make fun of my brother’s Martian costume because the hat/helmet was made from a combination of a painted milk carton and toilet paper tubes with tennis balls on top?  No way, they thought it was awesome!  And that’s even before the word ‘awesome’ hit the regular teenage vernacular.  Did anyone laugh because we collected our candy in old pillowcases?  No, because their pillowcases were just as avocado plaid or mustard-flowered like ours.  C’mon it was the early eighties, and no one could afford to redecorate when they had little rugrats running around.

Our Halloween candy was rationed out at a piece daily– the peanut butter cups going first and the jawbreakers left for desperate times– until the excitement of the Christmas season began to take over, we forgot all about Halloween candy and my mother stuck it in the freezer where my visiting grandfather would sneak it late at night until she had a quiet fit and threw it in the garbage.
I was fine with that, and all through my childhood I had a cavity-free set of teeth to prove it.  I can’t say the same for my grandpa, though half of his teeth were false ones already.

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  1. Allison Randall 11/03/2011 at 11:39 am

    I looooved the pillowcases! The way you wrapped up the end to keep the candy from falling out, then lugged it– clunking against your leg– all the way home to dump it out on the kitchen table and survey your loot. Thanks for chiming in, ladies!

  2. Marybeth 11/02/2011 at 11:17 pm

    Getting candy in pillowcases was the best because they could carry so much candy without breaking. Your writing brought back some great memories!

  3. Andrea Laszlo 11/01/2011 at 3:21 pm

    So true, homemade costumes are the best! (though I bought one this year). My kids have cute trick or treat bags, but they opted for the traditional pillow cases this year…they hold more, after all.

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