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Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween past

I was 7 years old when this photo was taken, and I remember it as if it happened yesterday.   I was dressed as St. Theresa, my namesake.  My mom made the costume, as she did all my Halloween costumes, and usually on the evening of October 30.  And as you might have guessed, I attended parochial school.  (Where else would someone aspire to be a saint?)

My sister is standing behind me, behind the door.  You can see a bit of her school uniform, with a jumper, white shirt and thin bow tie at the neck.

My favorite candy was Bit o Honey and Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies.  And Almond Joys.  In those days I don't think there was such a thing as "fun size."  Fun meant big, and that's what most of the candy bars were in my neighborhood.  My mom made jelly apples by the hundreds for the trick or treaters, and my brothers did so much trick or treating that they filled pillow sacks with their candy, which lasted until Christmas...

What candy did you like?


10 comments:

Monica said...

not celebrated in this way in UK then, Trick or treating is American.


SO Teri is sainthood still in the works!

Also x catholic school.

Eileen said...

You look very saintly indeed. What a precious photo!
I know I went trick or treating, but for the life of me I can't recall any of my costumes. I'm sure my mom made mine too, because she sewed mine whenever I was in a school play.
My favorite candies were the same then as now....anything with dark chocolate!

Brenda said...

Sadly, I did not trick or treat much. Despite being raised a Catholic, my father was not(a story for another day)and he did not allow us to trick or treat.
We did do it behind his back, which wasn't always easy.

I am embarassed by the fun size candies I have to give out. It seems so small compared to the giant candy we received, but then I remembered that for us candy was truly a treat and I don't think that's true for today's children.

My mother's standard throw together costume was a gypsy costume, so maybe that's why I grew up to love the novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame so much.

Teri, I wonder how the nuns would have liked me coming in to school yelling, "Sanctuary!"

Janet Ghio said...

Love the photo!! Yes, I remember carrying a pillow case to get candy in--those big candy bars. One year, we had to go home to get another bag, because one got too heavy!! Greedy little children we were!!

teri said...

Yes! That was when my brothers were proudest -- when they had to come home to dump out their booty and begin anew! And I can even recall hearing about the occasional thug stealing someone's loot. Such happy memories!

Holli said...

This is the sweetest little photo I've ever seen Teri... you look adorable! My favorite candy when I was younger was (and still is) FunDips. When you got one of those in your pumpkin you were golden!

Aimeslee said...

Oh my Saint Teresa, that was a wonderful memory! I remember having fun every Halloween trick or treating, but always being disappointed with the candy. I think it was because I was such a chocoholic and most of it was sugar candy and not chocolate. My parents would always give me a chocolate bunny, too, and I never really cared to eat it (the chocolate tasted cheap). I think I just wanted a Snickers Bunny or some such, hehehehe.

lori vliegen said...

what a great costume.....and great memories! i used to trade my 3 muskateer bars with my brother for his sugar babies. ahhhh, nothing like a candy that tastes like sugar combined with brown sugar......

hope you have a fun weekend! xox

thepinkrachael said...

Fab photo Teri! I was always a witcc, with a costume that used a black bin bag and plastic hat as it's base - and I loved it! Unfortunately, the photos are all in my mum's in England, so I don't have one to share! Trick or Treating wasn't as big in the UK, but we went round the houses in our street, I don't remember what we got, but I do remember the year we took a bag of pumpkin 'insides' as the 'trick' to make people put in their hands into it (my mum told them all in advance to say trick not treat and they all then gave us the sweets anyway!)

Lizzi said...

I love St. Theresa! What I really love is how costumes used to be more than pick up a kit costume at the store.

I also love Almond Joys.