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Anna remembers Halloween

Gillian dressed as a bunny
Gillian dressed as a bunny

As a child in Michigan I don’t remember either going out trick-or-treating or witnessing any damage around the neighborhood. However, I do remember that there was always a Halloween parade at school, and it was a given that all the kids dressed up for that.

Anna as a drum majorette (I never could twirl that baton)
Anna as a drum majorette (I never could twirl that baton)
Dick and his sister, Karen, dressed up for trick-or-treating
Dick and his sister, Karen, dressed up for trick-or-treating

Our two oldest, Ellen and Tim, probably first went out trick-or-treating when we were living in New Jersey. I remember it as being extremely cold — the costumes were not warm enough by themselves, and the kids had to put on jackets or coats, which sort of ruined the effect.

Ellen and Tim, in later years, dressed as hippies
Ellen and Tim, in later years, dressed as hippies

Costumes were big in our family both at Halloween and also at other times of the year. We have always had a big box of dress-up costumes, which have been popular with both the kids and the grandkids. When we lived in El Dorado Hills, California, Matthew and Miranda always dragged out the costume box when they came to visit so they could put on various capes and run around the house posing as “Superkids.” Archer and Helena continued that tradition.

Matthew and Miranda as "Superkids"
Matthew and Miranda as “Superkids”