Founder’s Focus: Halloween Memories

I never liked Halloween as a child. As a teen, it was a good excuse to get out and cause mischief, but I never enjoyed the dressing up/trick or treating aspect of the holiday.

This can clearly be traced back to the slight of my mother’s hand. As a young girl, she never liked Halloween (maybe a bad experience with the candy corn). As an adult, she didn’t enjoy dressing up her children and having them celebrate Halloween.

I vividly remember standing in our kitchen discussing what I should dress up as on my seventh Halloween. After many replies from my mother telling me ‘that costume is too difficult to make,’ or ‘that one is too hot to wear in school,’ she finally came up with the solution that would stick for years to come…

‘How about I give you $20 and you can stay home this year? You can buy a lot of good candy with $20.’


I now have two small boys of my own. My son, Nathan, will make 2 next week. I really enjoy experiencing life through his eyes. It is such a fun, fresh approach to all of the things that we adults take for granted (when was the last time you laughed uncontrollably from going down a slide? When was the last time you laughed uncontrollably?).

This year I am excited for Halloween for the first time ever! I cannot wait to see Nathan’s reaction as he gets to run from house to house ringing doorbells. The kid loves doorbells. Just the mere mention of a button that makes noise gets him giddy with excitement. Never mind all of the candy, decorations, and other children he will encounter!

The best part? He has no idea what is waiting for him on October 31st. No build up. No pretense. Just the uncontrollable joy of experiencing life for the first time.

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