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Growing up, my family loved the fall season, but Halloween not so much. Some years we’d observe it and some years we wouldn’t. It just depends on what we had going on. I grew up celebrating Harvest culture. We always decorated with fall colors and put out pumpkins, but we didn’t always dress up or do spooky things, though sometimes we did. One thing I do remember making a personal tradition was watching the DTV Halloween special each year. Even now, as an adult, I can indulge in this nostalgia by conducting a simple YouTube search. The quality isn’t great, but it’s still the best.
Erika M Szabo
The Halloween celebration was totally new to me after I moved to the U.S. as an adult. The six-foot-tall gorilla with a little girl in pink tutu showed up at my door demanding candy, scared me so much that I dropped the candy bowl and slammed the door. I knew about Halloween but I was expecting young children in superhero and fairy costumes, not a scary-hairy gorilla towering over me.
A few years ago my friend's five-year-old decided to be a witch for Halloween. Her mom went out to the drugstore to buy the facepaint and costume. When she got home, she had found her husband napping on the couch and her daughter had a bright green face and green magic marker in her hand. The little girl was happy to be the green witch for over a week until the marker wore off, but the husband didn't appreciate the long silent treatment.
Growing up, we didn't celebrate Halloween. Hallows Eve was to remember our loved ones, adore their graves with fall flowers and light up the cemetery with candles praying for the departed ones. Watch this short video.
Our Halloween themed stories in October