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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

Halloween Memories

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I am always amazed every year around this time. So many people in our area really are festive. They go all out for Halloween. The houses that we will be featuring on Live at Ten for the next two weeks are proof. I always feel a tinge of sadness when I see homes all decked out for special days. Mainly because I wish I had the time and the creativity to tackle such displays. What fun it would be. From the goblins, and witches, to the ghosts and spider nests. Some of the Halloween Haunts we feature could scare even me. I have always loved this time of the year. When I was young I used to have nightmares before trick or treating. You know what they were? I would dream that I would miss trick or treating and not get any candy. I know you're thinking, what a loser..ha.ha..!!! But I'm talking about grade school. In those days missing Halloween was like missing Christmas. Too painful to imagine. Back then a huge pile of trick or treats was crucial to my fall joy. My sisters and I would try to fill our bags as high as possible. I remember hating well meaning homes that doled out raisins, or apples or heaven forbid..pencils. No, I wanted the good stuff, The Reese's, the M and M's, Baby Ruth's, Nestle's Crunch, Hershey's. I was also not big on those little pumpkins that surface this time of the year. And gumdrops NOOOOO!!!! In my world, a worthy trick or treat stop was a brand name candy bar. My how life changes. Today, my snacks of choice is an apple. I have been known to buy raisins to snack on. And when I go to the grocery store I just pretend like the candy aisle does not exist. Now that I'm an adult I know about nutrition and healthy eating. And the thought indulging in sweets like I did in my youth is scarier than our Halloween Haunts!!!

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