Halloween has always been a fun family time. Trick-or-treating while camping is my most favorite. Growing up we lived in the country with neighbors miles away so decorating our trailer and campsite and then trick or treating at the surrounding campsites was something my siblings and I always looked forward to.
My favorite memories of Halloween were when I was a teenager. I don’t care how old I get, I will never pass up an opportunity to dress up and collect candy. As one of the oldest cousins in my family, the role of taking the kids trick-or-treating often fell to me. With a band of kids, we would scour the town. My sister and I would have matching costumes and trade for our favorite candies. Except Reese’s. Those we had to split.
For several years, I was the mascot for the Toledo Zoo Pumpkin Path event. When I was younger, My family and I used to go to the trick-or-treating event at the Toledo Zoo. One of those times, when I was a toddler, a photographer came up to me and took my photo. It was used as the promotional image for that event. My dad always made me stand for a photo by the poster each year at the zoo.
I’ve always loved dressing up for Halloween. Barney was my first Halloween costume in 2002. I remember wearing that mask around the house for weeks before Halloween because I was so excited. In 2007, I chose to be a cheerleader and got a little princess pail to carry. My brother is the little power ranger next to me. My favorite costume would have to be the deck of cards that my mom and I made for our local costume contest. Though we didn’t win, I’ll always remember how fun it was to make and wear it.