Ghosts of Halloweens Past 20 comments


We moved into our current home on October 31, 2009 after a year or so in an apartment. The Deuce was 2 years old. The last thing on my mind was Halloween that stressful day. But like true Ward and June Cleaver/Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, our new neighbors to the left invited us over for a Halloween celebration. My neighbor on the right showed up with a platter of Rice Krispy Treats. I was like WTH! This doesn’t really happen, right? Welcome back to the suburbs!

Other than New Years’ Eve, Halloween is the biggest celebration in our subdivision we soon learned. Everyone is out and about trick-or-treating in their finest costumes. The Deuce had no costume that first year, but still racked up with a large, borrowed, brown paper bag. Go Deuce! 


For his school Halloween Costume party and parade this year, The Deuce and his peers are dressing as community helpers. The occupations that they are learning about. He wants to dress up like a Policeman.  Okay, I can pull that together from the millions of things in your toy chest. Love the idea!


For his traditional-walk-around-the-subdivision Halloween costume, he wants to be Superman–with muscles and no belt and Speedos. I’m working on that. Much better than the year when I looked for a costume ON THE DAY OF HALLOWEEN. Attention New Parents: DON’T SHOP FOR A HALLOWEEN  COSTUME ON OCTOBER 31st! Not wise, the popular ones are all gone. Then you have to convince your child that the one you bought him is the best one this year.




Which Halloween memories do you have to share?

Which Halloween costume was your favorite/your child’s favorite?



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20 thoughts on “Ghosts of Halloweens Past

  • Vashti Quiroz-Vega

    Wow Kimberly! You have great neighbors! I love the pictures of The Deuce. He’s adorable and looks like a handful. Ha,ha! I’m sure he’s going to have an awesome Halloween this year. Superman sounds like a great choice! Enjoy your day!

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      I let my son choose every year. Thank goodness there are lots of super heroes out there. Thanks for stopping by, Miriam.

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  • nichole c

    I love neighbors that bring treats! Though usually I AM that neighbor and not the other way around, lol. Happy Halloween 🙂
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  • Kenya G. Johnson

    I just looked look up to see what day I went last minute. It was Oct. 29, 2009. I got lucky!

    When we first moved here, someone brought over a plant! The neighbors were super friendly. One day I opened the door to someone holding “Spic and Span” with a bow on it. I said to myself, “That's different.” They told me “Welcome to the neighborhood.” They ended up being vacuum cleaner sales people and they hustled their way in to a presentation. It was a “sucka” moment. Luckily I didn't “buy it”.

    Love it that the kids are going to be community helpers.
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  • BeingAWordsmith

    In this time and age of Pinterest and DIY, making your own costumes is fool-proof. I think I may just do that next year. Thanks for commenting.
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  • sharonfutrellhodge

    My kids are now at an age where they come up with their own costume. They either make up one or pull together something from costumes way-back-when. This year my 11 year old is thinking about being grapes or a cow girl. My other child went as Sherlock Holmes last year. She used her daddy's coat and hat and a magnifying glass. They love Halloween! Or shall I say they love CANDY!

  • day-with-kt.com

    I've never been a huge Halloween fan – mostly because the costumes stress me. My younger son always comes up with creative ideas – one year he had a sling, a cane, a neck brace and a knee brace – he was an accident prone old man – fun and easy!!
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    • BeingAWordsmith

      It can be stressful. But I love seeing everyone outside on Halloween night walking around the neighborhood. Reminds me of when I was a kid.
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  • Mandi Noel

    I love his little superhero costumes! My little sister loved superheroes, too. She was a Power Ranger one year and Spiderman another, despite being a girl. Good luck with that Superman costume!
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  • dishofdailylife

    I make the kids make their own from what we have these days. Usually someone ends up at the party store for odds and ends but they've pulled together some pretty good costumes last minute. But they're older. 🙂
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    • BeingAWordsmith

      Deuce will definitely be doing DIY costumes when he gets older. The price of these costumes go up every year.
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