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Adlen Robinson: Looking back on Halloween over the years
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Can you believe tomorrow is Halloween? 

Children everywhere are gearing up for the annual sugar-fest. Soon little goblins, ghosts and cartoon characters will be ringing your doorbell and saying “Trick or Treat” while holding out bags awaiting candy. 

Fingers crossed there will be no rain. I was looking at old Halloween pictures of our children over the years and I found one that was from our first year in our current home. We actually moved in on Halloween day in 1994. I cannot believe how fast time goes by.

We had a 3-year old and a 2-year old, and I was nine months pregnant with our third child. Wasn’t I a good planner? I remember feeling so helpless with the move since I couldn’t really lift much, and was busy keeping up with two young children.

Even though neither child really knew what Halloween was, they both dressed up in cute costumes. Our son dressed as a grown man, complete with one of Daddy’s ties and an old hat that actually belonged to my father from way back when those hats were part of a businessman’s attire. Our 2-year old daughter dressed up in an adorable pink tutu and was the cutest little ballerina ever.

I think the low temperature that night was in the low 20s. When they got ready to go trick or treating, they both had to wear their puffy coats and mittens. 

They headed out fairly early with Paul, while I stayed home to hand out candy to any trick or treaters coming to our house. We didn’t have any. Our neighborhood is not only small, but at the time was still not completely built.

Paul went to about three homes and then they came home freezing. The kids were thrilled. Imagine their little minds thinking: “Wow, we got dressed up, went to some houses, and got candy. This is awesome.”

Of course in the next few years, our children figured out Halloween was about going to many more homes than three. In addition, the loot you got was much bigger than just a few pieces of candy. 

When our kids were quite young, after trick or treating, we used to root through their candy after they were asleep. We picked out a few of our favorites and happily scarfed them down. My favorite was always Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Paul always went for the Heath bars. The kids always had so much candy, they never noticed what we took.

Halloween always presents challenges for parents of young children. Even once you get the costumes figured out, there is still the issue of not wanting your children to eat so much sugar. Whether it’s that night or the next few days. I tried to ration that candy as best as I could, but as the children got older, it became more and more difficult. I was always so happy when that candy was finally gone and out of the house.

Some years we went to other neighborhoods to trick or treat with friends. There is something so heartwarming to see crowds of cute kids in costumes. Each crowd of children was almost always accompanied by a parent or two. That was not the case when I was growing up. My parents never went trick or treating with us, and none of my friends’ parents did either.

Back in our day, Halloween was not the commercial holiday it has become. We pretty much came up with our costume by rooting through the closet or linen closet. Being a ghost was always easy. A witch costume didn’t require much. A monster was always a popular choice.

Don’t forget to take pictures. It is so fun to look back at our children and see the excitement on their faces as they anticipated the impending sugar rush. 

I hope everybody has a fun and safe Halloween! 


South Forsyth resident Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at adlen@adlenshomematters.com.