Halloween Favorites

Hay, Hooves and Halloween at Old Cowtown

Five more days! October has just zipped by, no? We haven't been able to fit all of our favorite things into the month, and time just keeps getting away from us. But last night, the whole family took the time to ask each other questions. What are our favorite Halloween-y things?

Big Sis at the pumpkin patch, this year.

Big Sis's Halloween Favorites

To watch: Ghostbusters (1984 AND 2016, but not Ghostbusters II), the Addams Family movies, Nightmare Before Christmas, the Halloween episodes of Parks and Recreation, scary movies like Poltergeist, The Birds, The Sixth Sense, The Others, Killer Klowns from Outer Space (but not the part with the old man and his dog - that part is sad!), old Halloween cartoons

To read: Mary Downing Hahn, cute picture books. Does Harry Potter count? Because Harry Potter is everything!

Past costume: fall fairy. (I also liked my zombie cheerleader costume.)

Past costume of Sister's: Amelia Earhart

Fall fairies! I made the tutus and wands, and decorated the cheap wings.

Halloween memory: getting cleaned up after trick-or-treating, then curling up to watch TV and eat popcorn and candy.

Candy: Mars brand candies like Twix and Milky Way. Also SweetTarts, Smarties, and Dum-Dums.

Zombie girls.

Big Sis's Least Favorite Candy? Twizzlers. Least Favorite Old Costume? witch. What will you be this year, Big Sis? ???

It was chilly that year. Little Sis wound up staying home.

Little Sis at the pumpkin patch, last year.

 Little Sis's Halloween Faves:

To watch: Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Just Add Magic, Ruby Gloom, Goosebumps, The Haunting Hour, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Deadtime Stories

To read: Wait Till Helen Comesthe Zombelina books, the Vampirina Ballerina books

Past costume: Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart

Past costume of Sister's: Raggedy Ann

Halloween memory: The first time I remember trick-or-treating and eating all the candy!

Candy: full-size chocolate bars.

my little dolls: Raggedy Ann and Holly Hobbie

Least favorite candy? toothbrushes
What will you be this year, Little Sis? zombie ballerina (again)

They want your brains.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is very popular in our house.

at Old Cowtown, with my little Alice and Dorothy

Danzel's Halloween Favorites

To watch: I love everything I loved when I was a kid (old cartoons, the Ichabod half of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Ghostbusters, Poltergeist and The Changeling, Child of Glass, Mr. Boogedy, Young Frankenstein), and I love Tim Burton movies and The Addams Family movies. I'm still an old movie freak, and I love Freaks, The Old Dark House, Alfred Hitchcock. Oh, and I still love The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episodes, and The Twilight Zone.

To read: Edgar Allan Poe, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Diviners series, The Graveyard Book. I'm always on the lookout for creepy, magical stories.

Past costume of mine: As much as I love playing dress-up, I haven't had a great Halloween costume since I was a kid. I don't know if it was the best costume I ever wore, but when I was 3, my mommy made me a princess costume, and I loved it. (She put lipstick on me, too, and I hated it.) I once went as a Nancy Drew book. Not Nancy - the actual book.

me, age 3

Past costumes of the girls': The whole family agrees on Little Sis's awesome Amelia Earhart costume. My favorite costume of Big Sis's is probably her Pippi Longstocking costume from kindergarten. My mom made a fabulous yarn wig, which we used at Old Cowtown and some other pre-Halloween events. For school and trick-or-treating, I used floral wire and orange hairspray to make her own braids stick out.

Pippi Longstocking

Halloween memory: As a kid, I loved getting to wear my costume to school for the day. There were some fun parties at my church, of all places, too. When I was older, but before I had kids, I always made it a point to see the Halloween movies at the Orpheum. My favorites were a double-bill of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and The Birds my freshman year of college, and much later, Psycho and Night of the Living Dead, which I saw with Mr. B. And as a mom? I love going to Hay, Hooves and Halloween at Old Cowtown Museum.

The Headless Horseman at Old Cowtown Museum

Candy: Hershey's miniatures (Mr. Goodbars!!!) and Snickers. Least favorite candy: Twizzlers, Jolly Ranchers, and those black and orange hard peanut buttery things. Least favorite past costume: Many of my costumes were meh, but nothing sticks out as that heinous. What will Danzel be this year? I seldom have time to play dress-up. I hope to come up with something. We'll see!

Mr. B's Halloween Favorites

To watch: The Haunted History of Halloween, swanky '50s B-movies.

To read: Edgar Allan Poe, spooky stories.

Past costume: a pancake. My mom made me a pancake costume.

Past costume of the girls': Big Sis's Red Riding Hood Wolf Hunter costume. Little Sis's Amelia Earhart costume.

Halloween memory: I have two. 1) In the pancake costume, trying to walk around on the prairie in a flat, round foam-rubber suit on a windy evening. 2) In high school... Halloween mischief (wink).

Candy: Kit-Kats

Least favorite candy? Bit-O-Honey. Least favorite costume? In 7th grade, my mom made me a hooker costume. Really. What will you be this year? A railroad conductor on the local. I will be at work.

A few of our Halloween favorites!

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  1. This is so fun! I will have to try this with my family at some point!

    I really wish you had included picture's of Mr. B as a pancake. That sounds fabulous. Particularly with prairie winds. Hahaha! I am getting a real kick out of that image!

    1. I would love to see a picture, too! Unfortunately, his mom passed away several years ago, and while we have a couple boxes of pictures, I haven't found one of the infamous pancake costume. :D I love the story.


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