Saturday, October 24, 2009
What Are Your Halloween Traditions?
We're celebrating Halloween all week here at Shapeshifter Seductions and I can't think of the holiday without smiling. When I was a kid we lived in a rural area and most of our family lived in town so we'd get into our costumes (which my mom always made), ride into town and "trick or treat" at the grandparents, great grandparents, etc. The last stop was always Grandma Cookie. I could never wait. There was a reason her nickname was Cookie;-)She was the "sweet treat" grandma who made Popcorn Balls every Halloween. I've never tasted better and I can't smell popcorn at this time of year without thinking of her. She was always the last stop. And the best.
Halloween for me is about the kids and making new traditions to go with the old. When mine were little they were fascinated by monster movies. Godzilla in particular. When my oldest was three he became totally enamored with Godzilla and all of those rubber monsters in the sequels. You guessed it. I made a Godzilla costume complete with a stuffed jagged spine and a long curved tail (that he used to knock leggo cities down with...but I digress). Then came the year of the Lobster monster, and my personal favorite, Gamera the flying turtle.
We finally ran out of monsters (because they'd stopped making sequels)and my husband cut up an old brown rug, attached pieces to their jeans and flannel shirts and fashioned both the boys, Wolfman costumes. He even did the make-up. By then, I was thrilled to have help, LOL! The most normal costume was their Count Dracula costumes, complete with a one piece tux and separate black cape. We always made them and I think we had as much fun figuring them out as the kids did wearing them...which they did even after Halloween;-)
When we moved to a rural area, neighbors were few and far between and the relatives were almost a hundred miles away but that didn't stop the celebrating. The kids would have parties, build bonfires, tell ghost stories and watch, you guessed it...all those old Godzilla movies that we'd bought on tape.
Hubby and I moved to town so we celebrate by passing out candy (I never did acquire the knack of making really great popcorn balls) and raving about the costumes. There are special treats for the kids we know and wrapped candy for the neighbors, there's a bad sci-fi movie in the DVD player and we always have a good time.
My boys are grown and moved away but they still get into Halloween. They make their own costumes and either go to parties or have their own. Trust me, it's a holiday they never fail to celebrate!
What are your traditions? What makes Halloween a holiday for you? And do any of you have a really great Popcorn Ball recipe you'd like to share?