Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

I’ll admit it. I’m a sucker for a good holiday, and Halloween is one of my favorites. I can’t decide which part I like best–the dressing up, the decorating, the parties or the license to eat candy. The games can be pretty fun, too. Here’s a little Halloween meme I created just for you.

Tell me about…

Your best costume success

Your worst costume malfunction

Your favorite spooky treat

Your traditional pre-celebration dinner

The skankiest costume seen at your ward Halloween party or kids’ elementary school costume parade

Trunk or treat or trick or treat?

Your favorite scary movie

Your favorite Halloween song

The age you think kids should stop trick-or-treating

Your worst nightmare

The best Halloween candy to give out to trick (or trunk)-or-treaters?

Your favorite Halloween candy to stash away for yourself.

How you really feel about pumpkin. Yes or no?

More Halloween fun:

I can’t wait to try this!

Now here’s a family that goes all out.

My new favorite store.

In addition to the above, here are a few things I’m excited about this year:

An amazing Dracula’s Castle theme in my department for my company’s annual Halloween decorating contest. I can already smell the pizza party.

Not one, but two Fall/Halloween parties to attend, and that’s just tonight.

My first Halloween 5K tomorrow.

Feel free to copy and paste the questions (there are 13, of course, it is Friday, after all) in your comment. You can answer one, none, any or all. Also, you are welcome to share any links of great Halloween costume, game or food ideas. It’s a free-for-all Friday!

About Dalene

(Blog Team) began blogging as a legitimate way to avoid housework and to keep a journal of sorts. In her other life she wants to be excellent at a number of things, but in this one she's settling for baking a mean sour cream lemon pie, keeping most of the points on her quilt blocks in line, being a loyal friend and aspiring to moments of goodness as a wife and mother.

15 thoughts on “Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

  1. I’ll go first:

    Best costume success: I won $25 once as a ghostbuster. And one year my roommate, her brother and I were a three-headed ghost.

    Worst costume malfunction: Fortunately I haven’t had one of those yet. (Knock on wood.)

    Favorite spooky treat: I’m really excited about that tentacle pot pie!

    Traditional pre-celebration dinner: Taco Soup

    The skankiest costume seen at your ward Halloween party or kids’ elementary school costume parade: Well, my husband, who teaches third grade, went as Malibu Barbie one year–complete with heels, a blonde wig, and red lipstick. It was awesome!

    Trunk or treat or trick or treat? I count myself lucky that my kids can still trick-or-treat in my neighborhood.

    Favorite scary movie: Wait Until Dark

    Favorite Halloween song: I love to do the Monster Mash

    The age you think kids should stop trick-or-treating: There’s an age for that?

    Worst nightmare: Hearing strange sounds in the house at night when the doors are locked and I’m home alone.

    Best Halloween candy to give out to trick (or trunk)-or-treaters? Baby Ruths and Butterfingers

    Favorite Halloween candy to stash away for yourself. Baby Ruths and Butterfingers

    How you really feel about pumpkin. Yes or no?

    Let me tell you how I really feel about pumpkin.

  2. I have to put a plug in for trick or treating over trunk or tricking. After ten years of trunk or treating, our ward last year just did a dinner and the kids went trick or treating around the neighborhood for the first time they could remember. It was so much fun to see all of the houses and everyone in the neighborhood was included (nonmembers and elderly who didn’t usually do the trunk or treat). The kids got a little bit less candy, but I was good with that. So fun to do traditional trick or treating!

  3. Dalene, I just can’t do it! I am too exhausted by Halloween to love it. I have one costume that I wear occasionally. It was my mothers one costume that she wore every year, so it’s like 40 years old. It’s about all the effort I can expend.

    But I did make that tentacle pot pie last night, and I was queen of the world at our house because everyone LOVED it! So thanks for the link.

    The only one thing I am so embarrassed about by Halloween are the number of women that feel that Halloween gives them permission to look like a prostitute. Even in Provo, Utah, I cannot believe the number of skanky outfits I see on grown women.

  4. Melissa–here here. We live in a neighborhood where if they do a trunk-or-treat it ends up being redundant, as the kids go out trick-or-treating anyway and many families actually drive to our neighborhood to trick-or-treat, so you end up buying twice as much candy. Our ward opted out of trunk-or-treat this year and my budget is so relieved. My 11-year-old did an awesome job decorating our yard and we look forward to greeting family and friends at our door.

    Justine–I get it. This is the first year I’ve not been crazy stressed and it’s only because Halloween is spread out over two (three if you count Sunday, but I don’t count it as Halloween) days and my son did most all the decorating and made his own costume and I broke down and bought my husband’s costume. Whew!

    Right on about the skank factor.

  5. Best costume success happens when we make or construct our own. My oldest daughter will make “un-dead” out of any idea and my favorites for her have been the renaissance vampire (beautiful dress, dead face) and the un-dead hippie (great vest and headband found on ebay)

    The skankiest costume seen at your ward Halloween party or kids’ elementary school costume parade – This might have been my husband and I one year at a couples party…I’m not telling. :D

    Trunk or treat or trick or treat? Both

    Your favorite scary movie – Don’t watch ‘em

    Your favorite Halloween song – This is Halloween

    The age you think kids should stop trick-or-treating…My husband would still go if we let him.

    The best Halloween candy to give out to trick (or trunk)-or-treaters? Chocolate

    Your favorite Halloween candy to stash away for yourself. Reeses

    How you really feel about pumpkin. Yes or no? Yesssss!!!!!

    Fun questionnaire! I left off those that didn’t apply to me. Have a spooktacular weekend everyone!

  6. Best costume success – the bear costume I actually sewed by myself when my son was one. Only sewing project that ever worked! Runner up – the cat costume I helped my boss at school come up with today in 15 minutes! She looked great!

    Favorite spooky treat – candy corn mixed with peanuts – don’t know why, just love the salty sweet.

    Trick or Treat over Trunk or Treat anytime! Love that my neighborhood is full of little trick or treaters and is safe!

    Favorite movie: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – of course!

    Love pumpkin!!

    Favorite Halloween Candy to stash away – 100 Grand bar yum yum!

    Happy Halloween!!

  7. At our house we mix spookiness with laughs. My favorite movies to watch on Halloween are Arsenic and Old Lace and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.

    We discourage our teenagers from trick or treating. But a couple of our older kids found that if they take their youngest brother trick or treating around the neighborhood, they are usually offered candy as well. :) Also, my husband started coming up with harmless tricks to play on older kids who come to our door (he’s a kid at heart). Our boys have just as much fun rigging up sheet-covered vacuum “ghosts” or dropping a giant spider on fishing line from a tree. We’ve made some fun memories.

    I love to try recipes that use pumpkin. My most recent favorite is Pumpkin Praline Torte–decadently delicious!

  8. Your best costume success: This year we actually all coordinated…husband-Batman, son-Robin, daughters-SpiderGirl, BatGirl, WonderWoman, and SuperGirl…and I’m CatWoman. We even all wore them to the preschool parade and the elementary school parade and parties. I am actually still a little horrified that I went out all day today in a unitard, but it was either that or a skanky skanky version.

    Your favorite spooky treat: Any of them with chocolate.

    Trunk or treat or trick or treat? Trick or treat

    The age you think kids should stop trick-or-treating: We tell our kids they can only go through elementary school.

    Your favorite Halloween candy to stash away for yourself: Most anything chocolate (except the kind with coconut), but especially Twix.

    How you really feel about pumpkin. Yes or no?
    Yes in cookies and bread and carving. No in pie (texture issues).

    Happy Halloween all!

  9. I hate hate hate hate Trunk or Treating. But I am not going to NOT fellowship out here or deny my kid the fun, so I suck it up. The only thing that makes it bearable is that I am the ward Grinch to the teenagers: When they come to my car without a costume I tell them they cannot have candy. And when they come back forty times, I tell them they cannot have candy without a Halloween knock knock joke. (And then I tell them to turn down that rap music and get off of my lawn.)

  10. Your best costume success
    I was a werewolf in junior high. The polysterene makeup kit was awesome.

    Your worst costume malfunction
    Tried to be a vulcan one year but as a 12 year old there wasn’t much budget for costumes so I looked more like a homeless elf.

    Your favorite spooky treat
    Gummy worms in ground up oreos

    Your traditional pre-celebration dinner
    Hot dogs. Why bother with more?

    The skankiest costume seen at your ward Halloween party or kids’ elementary school costume parade
    Thankfully all the ward parties we’ve been to have had enough kids there that the adults come in something benign, or they just come in regular clothes because they are too exhausted after getting the kids ready.

    Trunk or treat or trick or treat?
    Trunk or treat – I don’t have to walk so much.

    Your favorite scary movie
    Pyscho or Vertigo

    Your favorite Halloween song
    Monster Mash

    The age you think kids should stop trick-or-treating
    Once you’re in high school, you’re done.

    Your worst nightmare
    The guy that chases you in your dreams and nothing you do stops him. Or the trick or treaters that come as politicians.

    The best Halloween candy to give out to trick (or trunk)-or-treaters?
    Tootsie Rolls

    Your favorite Halloween candy to stash away for yourself.
    Hershey’s and Butterfingers

    How you really feel about pumpkin. Yes or no?
    Up to my ears in it. Pies, waffles, bread, cookies, jack 0 lanterns…..I’ll hate it all in two weeks.

  11. I think this year is our best costume year. My husband is really into Halloween and we often end up with some kind of co-ordinating thing. This year the kids decided on the gang from Scooby Doo and I’m so excited to put on our costumes in an hour or so for the ward party. I’m Velma, hubby is Shaggy, our son is Fred, we have a daughter that is Daphne, and the baby is Scooby. I’m usually not a big Halloween person but it should be fun this year.

    Not a skanky costume, but the worst I saw was a guy who dressed up as an ‘arab suicide bomber’ at a ward party. At first I thought it was a cool intercultural costume until I realized that he had fake dynamite strapped to him. Uh, no. I wish I would have spoken up because everyone else thought it was so funny and talked about it for weeks. Thankfully I’m not in that ward anymore…

    I love pumpkin in most things, but I don’t really like it with chocolate.

    And, for the record, I hate trunk-or-treat. It’s redundant in this neighborhood and it just feels like it’s all about the candy rather than getting to know people. Plus, how is standing around a dark parking lot full of cars really safer than walking on lighted sidewalks to people’s homes? Really? I’m glad my ward is just doing a Halloween party with games and stuff.

  12. Your best costume success – One year my husband was out of town so I dressed up as a stressed mom and won the contest. I really liked the Captain Moroni costume we made for my son one year. His sisters even helped.

    Your worst costume malfunction – In elementary school I dressed in a giant painted box as a computer. No one knew what I was. What can I say? I was ahead of my time. (Oh, that dates me.)

    Your traditional pre-celebration dinner – Usually taco salad or soup but it didn’t happen tonight.

    The skankiest costume seen at your ward Halloween party or kids’ elementary school costume parade – How many girl’s costumes weren’t skanky at the elementary school would be an easier question to answer. You tell me why the Red Queen needs a skirt well above her knees? And why are princess dresses sleeveless? I know not everyone believes in modesty, but how about keeping warm?!

    Trunk or treat or trick or treat? I’m still enduring to the end, waiting for the one year that I’ll enjoy the trunk or treat. I prefer trick or treat for the sense of community.

    Your favorite scary movie – Lady in White. It’s even PG 13. I’m not a fan of horror, but this is good.

    Your favorite Halloween song – Purple People Eater

    Your worst nightmare – Being back in high school without a locker combo or class schedule. When it’s really bad I’m missing a piece of clothing. I can handle vampires and chain saw murderers, just don’t send me back to high school!!!

    Did anyone else have their city designate a night for trick or treating? Here they did and different cities chose different nights, so there are tons of kids in our neighborhood who don’t live here but plan to trick or treat for 4 nights, in 4 different cities (townships). It’s odd to me – now we’re trick or treating when the government tells us to? (sorry, threadjack)

  13. Your best costume success
    ~ Once I dressed up as a runner from Dunder Mifflin.

    Your worst costume malfunction
    ~ Most always I never wear a costume.

    Your favorite spooky treat
    ~ I don’t like spooky things. But treats? Punkin bread w/ chocolate chips.

    Your traditional pre-celebration dinner
    ~ Are we supposed to have dinner?

    The skankiest costume seen at your ward Halloween party or kids’ elementary school costume parade
    ~ I don’t remember. If I don’t like it, I try to forget it.

    Trunk or treat or trick or treat?
    ~ Trick or treat, don’tgetmestarted.

    Your favorite scary movie
    ~ No way. No scaries.

    Your favorite Halloween song
    ~ “This Is Halloween” – we sing this year-round.

    The age you think kids should stop trick-or-treating
    ~ I start rolling my eyes at around 12 years old.

    Your worst nightmare
    ~ Please.

    The best Halloween candy to give out to trick (or trunk)-or-treaters?
    ~ Chocolate stuff. Dum-dums for the littles, or smarties.

    Your favorite Halloween candy to stash away for yourself.
    ~ Stash away? Something Fun Size.

    How you really feel about pumpkin. Yes or no?
    ~ Ew.

    Looks like I’m not the life of this (dead man’s) party.

  14. Your best costume success?
    When I was first married we went as cob webs. Dressed in black with white poly fill stretched and pinned all over us and then an zillion homemade giant pompom spiders. Those spiders still hang in my entryway every Halloween and one greets you at the door. My best kid made costume was a little bat costume that I made with out a pattern for my first little girl. Since then most if not all of my children have taken a turn in that costume, so stinking cute.

    Your worst costume malfunction?
    Hmmm… Last year I had a sewing marathon and had to eventually give up due to exhaustion. I have a half made dinosaur that was going to be pretty cool that may never see completion. I had made a Greek Goddess and Mario and something else that I can’t remember at this point. I just had to give up or die right there at the sewing machine. The middle schooler (the one who had ordered the dinosaur) went to school as a “Empty Child” from Dr. Who. Which in the end she thought was pretty cool. Thanks to little brother Rex who happened to have a gas mask on hand from the years previous Halloween.

    Your favorite spooky treat?
    I’ve not had it in forever but I loved making homemade Rootbeer in a cauldron. Project for today maybe?

    Your traditional pre-celebration dinner?
    Halloween is pretty booked. We usually eat pizza with my little brother and family after festivities. First school parade and parties, lots of little kids, Trick-or-Treating at Dad’s work, then the neighborhood, then my Little Brother’s Birthday with family. Way too much to cram into one day.

    I have loved this Halloween on Sunday thing. School Parade and Dad’s work Friday. Trick-or-Treat Saturday, brother’s Halloween Birthday Sunday. I vote we do Halloween on Sunday Every year!

    The skankiest costume seen at your ward Halloween party or kids’ elementary school costume parade?
    There haven’t been a ton that I can remember. I kind of take it all in the spirit of the holiday. Once said brother who has a birthday on Halloween made himself a purple fur lined Pimp robe and handed out ring pop bling. They were living in another city at the time but I’m sure his accompaniment would have won. It is usually cold here so there just isn’t a lot of skank and all of is fun in the spirit of the day.

    Trunk or treat or trick or treat?
    Trick-or-Treat, I love all the neighbors out of their houses passing each other on the street, visiting, ringing bells and answering doors, warmly greeting each other, and handing out candy, what could be better. I really love it!

    Your favorite scary movie?
    I am not a movie do over kind of girl. I really liked ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ when I was a teen. I don’t like gore but I love a good suspenseful scary movie. Maybe we could get a list of suggestions?

    Your favorite Halloween song?
    As a child, Purple People Eater. As a teen, Dead Man’s Party. As an Adult Monster Mash is pretty fun, but there are many I like.

    The age you think kids should stop trick-or-treating?
    I don’t think they should stop. If they come to my house and they are dressed up and not acting like punks then I give them candy with a smile. I love it. Part of the reason I have kids is so as an adult I can get away with trick-or-treating.

    Your worst nightmare?
    Too scary to recount here.

    The best Halloween candy to give out to trick (or trunk)-or-treaters? Fun Size Snickers, Reese’s or Twizzlers but the long single wrapped Twizzlers not the short double pack. Mostly because those are my favorites. Bit’O Honey and Butterfingers are a close second.

    Your favorite Halloween candy to stash away for yourself? See above.

    How you really feel about pumpkin. Yes or no?
    Hearty YES. The delight picking the perfect pumpkin, or better watching the perfect pumpkin grow all summer in your own garden, pumpkin carving, the smell of the roasty jack-o-lantern when the candle is lit, magical pumpkin creations coming to life when lit, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cake, pumpkin pie, Thai pumpkin curry, pumpkin milkshakes… Yes pumpkin.

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