Sunday, October 24, 2010
Halloween - Not Just Any Holiday
Most kids love Christmas. You know, the presents and all.
Not to say I didn't love all of that too, but Halloween?
Ah, Halloween was well... Hallowed for us (click here to read my last post on Gary to know what all the fuss was about)
Why? Well, you see my childhood wasn't exactly normal. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, you are shocked.
Let's see, we have a life-sized nativity scene out front every Christmas. We built floats every year and drove around Northern California to each and every county fair, because, hey, we wanted trophies for all our work.
But all of that paled in comparison to Halloween. It would literally take a forklift to move the huge pumpkins we used for decoration.
And the costumes, oh the costumes were elaborate. Yes, one year I was Hatshepsut... um, you know, the only female Egyptian pharaoh. #duh
But the Halloween that sticks most in my mind is the year that I dressed up as Princess Leah, another neighborhood kid dressed as Luke Skywalker and Gary... well Gary dressed up as Jesus.
Now remember this was in the 70s. And we lived in rural Northern California. But no matter, Gary did not just dress as Jesus, he also insisted on blessing people and forgiving them for participating in a pagan holiday like Halloween.
As you can imagine half the people found it amusing and the other half... well, we got chased off a lot of porches.
It was oh-so-wrong, but oh-so-fun.
Then we got to a house and the woman smiled and commented on how cute our costumers were. Gary was pleased... until she said...
"Look, honey, it is Robin Hood (supposed to be Luke), Maid Marian (Leah) and Friar Tuck!"
As you can imagine, Gary went into a fifteen minute rant about the absolute accuracy of our costumes. The best part for us kids though was, the woman was so flustered that she gave us a second helping of candy.
Call me crazy but that is one of my fondest memories of my childhood. Sacrilegious and all.
Again, I know #weird
What are some of your favorite childhood memories from Halloween? Interested to see if any can top mine for sheer weirdness :-)