Happy Halloween!

Winner of the pumpkin carving contest at my work! Copyright 2015 - Sweet Doll Designs
Winner of the pumpkin carving contest at my work!
Copyright 2015 – Sweet Doll Designs

As you go off on your Halloween adventure with your witches, goblins, ghosts, and ghouls, stop and reflect on past Halloweens.  Do you have a favorite costume?  Was it purchased at the store or did you toil for hours to make it?  Do you have any memories of money traditions around Halloween?

I was all sorts of things for Halloween growing up: bunny, pumpkin, panda, space cat, Frankenstein, witch, one half of a pair of dice, math wizard, the universe, sailor, Boo from Monster’s Inc., cat burglar, and a 20’s flapper, to name a few.  My costumes were always homemade.  It was always so fun to plan out all the elements needed for each costume!

My childhood neighborhood was nearby a bunch of other neighborhoods, so my candy haul was always pretty significant.  And of course you know where to find the best candy.  Some houses gave away the king size candy bars (like mine!) and some gave away the “fun” size (though whoever thought that size was fun was crazy).  Then there were the people who handed out healthy “treats” like raisins and apples.  But there was one guy who always saved his pocket change and came to the door with a huge bowl full of change and a small spoon.  Probably not surprisingly, I loved this house because it gave me more pennies and nickels to roll with the rest of my change!

Share your fun Halloween memories in the comments below.  Have fun and be safe this Halloween!

Happy Decoding!

Fun fact for today: Total Halloween spending (costumes, decorations, candy, cards, etc.) is expected to reach $6.9 billion in America for 2015! (Source: https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/nrf-157-million-americans-will-celebrate-halloween-this-year)


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