Random Halloween Memories

Being a redhead growing up in the 80s, I kept hearing that I should dress up as Pebbles Flinstone, so one Halloween I made it happen. I got all prehistoric and even glued a plastic bone to a hair clip. My hair defied gravity. And the only reaction I remember is a woman who looked at me and said, “Oh! You’re a… cavewoman!”

I always forgot to ask for pennies to fill the Unicef box they handed out to us at school and I always got lectured the next day. What can I say, teach, I had candy on the brain, and let’s face it, Ethiopian kids are probably getting used to not eating.

My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Redfern, played the movie Watcher in the Woods for the class on Halloween. Since it was put out by Disney, I’m sure she assumed it was harmless enough. Almost twenty years later, I’m still a little traumatized by it. It’s the scariest movie I’ve ever seen, and I didn’t even see the whole thing. She ended up having to turn it off halfway through because everyone got so upset. When I was in college, I told my friends this story and they insisted we rent it on Halloween. Even I assumed it would be more funny than scary, but that was not the case. Only a few were able to make it all the way through, and I wasn’t one of them.

One time at a Halloween party I ended up hooking up with my friend’s brother. In my defense, he was dressed as He-Man.

I only went to Salem on Halloween once, in college. I dressed up as a witch; I’m nothing if not creative. 98 Degrees was playing on a little stage. They were a new band and hadn’t yet made the lasting impression on the landscape of pop music that they have today. (Give me just one night! Una noche!) They were trying to engage a mostly bored audience, and Drew Lachey asked me if I was a good bad witch or a bad bad witch. I wanted to play along, but it was such a weird question that I could only say, “What?” If only I had a time machine and could take advantage of my proximity to Nick Lachey that night, and tell him that I’m from the future and that he must not marry Jessica Simpson. Or waste another day trapped in the shadow of his mistakes.

In my early 20s I went to a friend’s party dressed as an angel, and later on left my halo in the backseat of a cab. Doesn’t that sound like a Bob Dylan lyric?

Also, my parents didn’t start handing out full-size candy bars until after I didn’t live with them anymore. What the hell?

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13 Responses to “Random Halloween Memories”


  1. 1 kate November 1, 2006 at 10:44 am

    Full size candy bars? The fuck!?! I thought those were a (sub)urban Halloween legend.

  2. 2 nabbalicious November 1, 2006 at 11:42 am

    I experienced the joy of a full-size candy-bar one Halloween. I’ll never forget it…it was a plain Hershey. It does happen, but rarely. It’s like Halley’s comet.

  3. 3 othur-me November 1, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    That’s it. Next year I’m passing out King Size candy bars and starting a new legend.

  4. 4 raetard November 1, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    watcher in the woods = scariest movie EVER! seriously… what the hell was disney thinking?

  5. 5 Joe November 1, 2006 at 2:39 pm

    Maybe I’ll start a new trend and pass out cans of Campbell’s soup. Or Spaghetti-O’s. Kids like that, right?

  6. 6 Margaret November 1, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    Now I’m going to start having nightmares again; I’d almost blocked Watcher in the Woods out. Thanks.

  7. 7 Red November 1, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    Kate, it’s a true story at my parents’ house.

    Nabbs, ha, totally! It’s a candy solar eclipse.

    Othur-me, do it. Make it happen.

    Raetard, HEY! I didn’t realize that was you. Is your blog brand new?

    Joe, you tell me, Big Daddy.

    Margaret, ack! Sorry!

  8. 8 keith November 1, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    its like another party in here, thought i should say “hi”.

  9. 9 stefanie November 2, 2006 at 9:48 am

    One of my friends ran out of candy last year, and started handing out dinner mints. It was that or instant oatmeal packets, apparently. She was leaning towards the oatmeal packets; her husband convinced her otherwise. Anyway, so Joe’s suggestion of cans of soup is not that far off.

    Also, I didn’t know you got a new blog award (blaward)! Yay Red! Congratulations. šŸ™‚

  10. 10 Killer November 2, 2006 at 12:58 pm

    Full size candy bars?!?! In Mississippi people just gave out pickled pigs feet and the occasional rock painted to look like hard candy.
    That is why no one on Springer has teeth.

  11. 11 Red November 2, 2006 at 3:47 pm

    Hey Keith! Welcome, and I apologize ahead of time. If I seemed semi-normal in person, the blog will remove all doubt.

    Stefanie, thanks! Er, blanks! It doesn’t get old. At least not to me.

    Killer, awesome. Just awesome.

  12. 12 LC November 2, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    They had these play-doh mini-size treats at the store. I was very close to get ’em because my inner child would’ve LOVED getting that as a halloween treat.

    Instead we gave out skittles and starbursts.

    Poo.

    Now. Someone answer me this: Is Watcher in the woods the movie where there is someone trapped in a mirror? And they do this seance or something where they are all gathered up in a circle and then someone or the camera or something starts going circling in fast motion?

    Because THAT is all I remember about the movie, I’ve never known the name of it and it has always scared the crap out of me.

    Thank you.

  13. 13 Red November 2, 2006 at 4:33 pm

    I just had cardiac arrest reading that, so yes, I think it’s the same movie.


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