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POLL: What is your fondest Halloween memory?
October 30, 2006
7:10 pm
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For me, it was a slumber party I was allowed to have in elementary school.

I had it all "rigged up" with a tape-recorder I could control "sort of" by remote control.

I waited until all of us gals were tucked in - and then I played a (crude) tape I had recorded earlier with squeeky doors and chains rattling.

Guess I have always been a lover for the "macabre."

I remember reading the horror comics and subscribing to an Alfred Hitchcock periodical when all my other girlfirends were reading "Seventeen."

Old habits die hard. Tonight I just finished fixing my place up for Halloween. I go all out with lights and everything.

Guess that there is something about me deep down that has always been attracted to the "masks we wear" and Halloween is great in that way in which it celebrates that!

Well, that's my 2 cents!

October 30, 2006
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I love Halloween too :o) !!!

When I was in elementary school we lived a few doors down from this gorgeous high school cheerleader that all of us little girls wanted to be like. We would go over to her house and watch her and her cheerleader buddies practice and just dream of the day that we could be just like her. Anyway, she sort of took my friend and I under her wing and wanted to dress us up and take us trick or treating if our parents would approve. Well, we died and went to heaven and begged our parents to let these cheerleaders take us out for halloween. They agreed so we dragged our costumes down to her house and they spent hours getting us ready. We went out for hours and got a pillowcase full of candy. They let us wear their jackets when we got cold, and even chased away some mean boys that were eyeballing our candy. It was great - because we felt so special. :o)

October 30, 2006
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GREAT STORY!!!! Until now - I had always given cheerleaders a bad rap., but your story proved otherwise.

Thanks for sharing!!!!

October 30, 2006
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Most Halloweens were very traumatic for me, such a scaredy-cat, but one I can remember that was very special was one year when my dad had been laid off from his job and we were VERY poor with no money to spend on costumes. My older sister and I wanted to go Trick-or-Treating and to a party given by someone from our church, but we didn't want to be embarrassed by not having "cool" costumes. A good friend of my mom's lived close and asked us to come by because she had a great idea for costumes. She was a hairdresser and was very "crafty", made most of her own clothes, etc. When we got there she had two large cardboard boxes spray painted white and was cutting big circles out of black construction paper. She had us help her glue the circles on the boxes and said to make them look like dice. She then cut holes in them for our heads and arms and we wore the "dice" as our costume and she said if anyone asked what we were to say we're a "pair-a-dice" (paradise). The costumes were a total hit!! Such a special memory for me. She was always so good to us, but really went out of her way that year to help us when she knew we needed it.

October 30, 2006
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lovingmom,

You know - I got goose bumps when I read your story.

It seems that perhaps people who have exhibited "random acts of kindness" have NO IDEA the long-term effects they have on our lives.

Great story.

It reminded me of an incident that happened to me about a week ago: I was in a real "funk" Took everything I had just to get through the day.

I had to go to the bank...and in the midst of 5-10 minutes - I had an incredible amount of love and concern shed on me by strangers. There was a woman who held the door open for me and gave me just the biggest smile...then - once inside - the teller was extremely pleasant...and on leaving - another person wished me well for the day.

My point is - that outside of these few minutes - these kind gestures from 3 strangers totally transformed my day!

I guess that is was Louis Armstrong meant in his song "What a Wonderful World" where part of the lyrics go: "how are you" really mean "I Love You..."

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October 30, 2006
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Thanks truthBtold. Your story was also great. I love to have someone I don't know do something nice for me or say something nice to me. It just makes you feel so special, doesn't it? You really needed it that day too, so how wonderful it must have been. I got an e-mail once that said we should be kind to everyone because you never know what each person you encounter during your day is going through and you just might make or break someone's day depending on how you approach them. I try to remember that every day.

October 30, 2006
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lovingmom,

Now - wouldn't THAT be a great sitcom?

To see...no - to "witness" - in some way - how the simple, loving gestures in life from strangers - that most of us just shrug off as "nothing" could really be exemplified and brought to the forefront?

Now THAT'S a reality show I would be willing to tune into!!!!!

I have a book: "The 5 people you meet in heaven" - which I have not finished yet....might just allude to all of this.

October 30, 2006
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It would be a great show. Better than seeing men "swap" wives for a week or women trying to get a stranger to marry them.

October 30, 2006
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That WOULD be a great show... kind of like "Pay it Forward" in a way. I live in L.A. so if someone lets me on the freeway as I'm merging into traffic without flipping me off, it's a good day! Jeez. I have to admit that I go get coffee every morning at the same place, whether I want it or not, just because the people there remember my name, my complicated coffee order, plus send me off with some sort of compliment to boot. It matters - and I really wonder if those people realize how much it DOES matter. Cool thread, peeps. :o)

I have another Halloween story. Last year was my first year living with my h in our house. I came home early from work so I could decorate the porch for the billions of kids I was expecting. I also bought those little bags that you stuff with candy, and tied bows on every one. (Oh please, right?) Anyway, I waited and waited for a kid to show up. No one, and it was 7:30. I decided to make a quick dinner for my h and I and we sat at the coffee table in the living room to eat, so I could hear the door if a kid happened to knock. Then, in the middle of my meal, there was a KNOCK. My h and I both ran to the door, and there was one little girl with her mom standing there. SO cute! Satisfied that someone had finally shown up, we returned back to our plates of food which were still on the coffee table. I sat down, looked at my plate, only to find that my big pig black lab had eaten my dinner. HA!

October 30, 2006
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My favorite Halloween story is about my nephew...when he was about 5 years old.

My sister dressed him up as a mummy. His costume was great. She had him in a black turtle neck, black jeans and black boots and wrapped his entire body in gauze. It looked fantastic. Thing was....the gauze didn't stay in place and began to fall in some spots...which was even better because he was wearing all black underneath so it looked like there was nothing there. He didn't see it that way. He hated it and he cried and cried and cried and cried........... There was no convincing him that his costume looked BETTER the more it fell apart.

It was a little tough to take that night....but looking back on it now...it still makes me laugh.

October 30, 2006
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My favorite Halloween Story
My children always tried to scare me..they worked diligently all times of the year to no avail. Then one halloween when my eldest was 16yrs we lived in a trailer that had a baywindow in the living room and that is where the TV was. We were watching Halloween 2 and I think I was probably scared more than they especially since I was a nurse and worked many times the evening shift. Anyway he snuck outside and had taken the lighted pumpkin that looked just like the one on Halloween and as the movie began again( after comerical breaks) he slowly brought it up into view from the outside needless to say the timing was perfect and yes you heard a blood curdling scream! I have many fond memories of my children and grandchildren and Halloween!! Thanks for reminding me!!

October 30, 2006
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My H and I got dressed up and left the kids with someone else after taking them trick or treating and went downtown bar-hopping in the city. It was so fun to see all the "adults" in costume everywhere. We saw a perfect Bonnie and Clyde, Peg Leg Pete, mummies and witches and ghosts. People just love to dress in costume and act the part.

Oh, one costume as a kid was a big orange ball with arm and head and leg holes made of cotton fabric and stuffed with newspaper. A little magic marker lines and black tights and we were pumpkins!! My niece is a sucker for lots of gauze and fairy sparkle dust.

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