It was October 2001. Us kids as well as the rest of the country were still shaken by the 9/11 attacks that had happened not yet two months prior. Yet us kids still went out and had fun. One of my favorite memories of growing up was Halloween night. Usually we would go Trick or Treaing after school, or to a party on the weekend before since in Tennessee we had Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before Haloween free ( In Tennessee the last Friday in October was Statewide Teacher Workshops). That year I had a Halloween Party and Trick or treating to do. I guess you would like to know what my costume was?
Ok that guy isn't me, but I was SpongeBob that year. So, anyway my cousin was throwing a Halloween Party that year. My cousins were going to be The "Hocus Pocus" Witches ( You know the ones Bette Middler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker played). Spongebob was a hit show that year. I ended up winning the Costume Contest for the best costume. I think we also had jello eyeballs. However, the night after would be the best day.
We got out of school at 3:05 that day. As soon as I got out of school we headed straight 35 miles across to the North Carolina border. The local Walmart and Mall did indoor Trick or Treating on Halloween. We would go from store to store at the mall, then from department to department at walmart. I remember seeing store employees dressed up as Cruella De'vil, Mafia Gangsters (with toy tommy guns even), Princesses, Witches, Cats, and Superheroes all going around Walmart handing out candy. Then heading back into Tennessee we had time to hit the shops and houses in my neighborhood as well.
Typical candies I always liked getting were the fun sized candy bars of course, but my aunt always usually saved full sized ones for me. I also like the gummy candies, sweettarts, laffy taffy, smarties, wax lips, and Atomic Fireballs (My Grandma loved those so i'd save those for her). My grandparents never really cared about the house to house trick or treating due to the whole mess in the 70's and 80's with rumors of poisoned candy, razor bladed candy apples and the like (which there never was a single proven case actually).
The night would end with me eating a few pieces of candy (the candy bars always went first lol). I also would watch scary movies or a cartoon Halloween Special like the Rugrats, Spongebob, Animaniacs etc... Then about 9:30 it was off to bed and ready for November 1st (boo....).
What are some of your Trick or treating memories? Did you go to Halloween parties, or did your school do Halloween parties?