We asked on Facebook: How do you celebrate Halloween? What are your traditions?
I love stacking various colored pumpkins. The colors are so amazing and calming. I love staying home and watching Halloween movies. I love candy corn memories of my mom.
We have an annual party in the cul-de-sac. Joey cooks pizza on the grill for all the neighbors and they all bring a dish and their candy. It’s the one time in a year all the neighbors on our street get together.
Every year, I carve pumpkins with my best friend while we listen to “The Nightmare Before Christmas” soundtrack, then we make gumbo and watch “Hocus Pocus” and “Halloweentown.” It’s my favorite holiday!
I make old-fashioned popcorn balls and carve a jack-o’-lantern. I bake the seeds in the oven after I spray them with some oil and splash them with seasoning. Of course, a good wine is in the mix of the night.
I’ve always loved Halloween. Costumes, trick-or-treating, parties and, of course, haunted houses. In high school, I used to play the devil in a haunted house that supported a walk-in help center in my hometown. It was a blast. I remember my favorite house to trick or treat at was where the nice lady gave out plastic astronaut figures instead of candy. I had a whole collection to play with by the time I was in junior high. They were cool because they lasted, smile.
Stephen F. Duncan
We love Halloween. We decorate our house and trick or treat. Two of our neighbors make haunted houses for the neighborhood. My kiddos love Spirit Halloween. I’d have to refinance my house if I got them everything they wanted from that store!
Shannon Huse Caldwell
I am obsessed with Halloween. Decorating for this holiday is my fave. Last year, during the pandemic, we hung skeletons around our house — climbing up windows, walls, etc. — and I plan to do it again. I will break out with all my Halloween T-shirts, most with witch sayings, and wear them all month.
Laura Marie Diaz Tacquard
Enjoy seeing kids’ costumes when they come for candy. Also enjoy going to Halloween carnivals and fall festivals with my granddaughters!
Denise Sowell Shead
I decorate like crazy, but have two faves in my collection. A drawing my son did of his and decorated to look like a witch when he was about 3. Secondly, I have a plastic pumpkin from the ‘60s when I was still trick or treating. I fill it with white lights. Good memories!
Trudy Deen Davis
Decorate our house/yard and have a Halloween party for friends/family/co-workers.
Halloween night, we go all out with candy and non-food items for children (and even something for adults).
Scotty Le Edler
We rent a cotton-candy machine with at least three flavors. Pat wears a tall hat — he’s Pat in the Hat.
Tons of fun!
Decorate all over the yard since we have lots of visitors in Kemah; lights all on the fence. We have no trick or treaters. The police department sponsors a trunk or treat in the city parking lot, and Kemah Boardwalk has lots of treats for
I have vivid wonderful memories of towing a horse trailer with hay bales and kids through the neighborhood to trick or treat. Ah, the good old days. Nowadays, it’s trunk or treat.
Living in an apartment complex now, there are hardly any children, so I don’t think we celebrate Halloween these days. I remember when I was 12, I wanted to be the Headless Horseman, but my mom wouldn’t let me. I’d be dressed in all black, which meant car drivers wouldn’t be able to see me, maybe I wouldn’t be able to see and I’d fall, it was raining — you know, all the things moms worried about, while 12-year-old boys couldn’t care less about any of it. Danger? I wanted to be the Headless Horseman, for crying out loud! Anyway, like I said, my mom wouldn’t let me, so I went out as a ghost. A ghost. On the positive side, in 1970, I went all over the place collecting who knows how many bags of candy. In those days, I could go anywhere I wanted to and not have to worry about anything going wrong.
We did a fundraiser for Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network last year and it was awesome. We may try to do one again this year.
We buy candy for phantom children. Curiously, we have cheap sweets to eat for several days after.