Memory Lane Monday: Halloween

Happy Halloween! When I was a kid I always looked forward to the festivities that were associated with a holiday or event, such as decorating or dressing up. When Halloween rolled around, I looked forward to picking out pumpkins with my parents, and helping my dad carve them with funny or scary faces. We would look up designs online and choose our favorites. My least favorite part was pulling out the pumpkin "guts" with my bare hands, but I still smiled for the camera ;) 

I also loved choosing who I wanted to be for Halloween that year. Would I be a ballerina, a witch, or a Disney princess? I loved going to the store with my mom to explore all of my options, or sometimes we would create a homemade costume with pieces I already owned. I'll admit it's been a few years since I've dressed up for this festive occasion, and sometimes I miss the excitement of dressing up as something or someone else even just for a night.

One of my favorite costumes as a little girl was Princess Jasmine from Aladdin. I loved it so much that I even slept in it for a couple nights--I didn't want to take it off! I also really got into the Halloweentown movies on Disney channel when they first came out. I secretly hoped that I would turn into a witch on the 13th birthday just like Marnie...and looking back I'm really glad that didn't happen! What I really did enjoy though, was trick-or-treating in my neighborhood with all of my friends, and having competitions to see who could collect the most candy in their bucket. Once we got back home, we would trade all of our reject candy with each other until we were satisfied. I have so many fun Halloween memories with my friends, and we sometimes joke that we wish we could still get away with trick-or-treating as adults; it's way more fun than buying bags of candy for yourself at Target!

This year Freddy and I plan to have a low-key evening passing out candy to any trick-or-treaters that come by, and eating any leftovers that we may have :) Someone's gotta get rid of them! We've talked about couples costume ideas for the past couple years, such as Belle and Gaston, or Johnny Cash and June Carter. I'm hoping next year we can plan our outfits well in advance and have some fun dressing up!

What are your plans for Halloween this year? I'd love to hear in the comments! Thanks for stopping by. Have a safe and fun-filled day!