Happy Halloween, fools!
In September, we prompted our Instagram followers with a creative call for this issue. We asked for:
- photos of a favorite childhood costume
- photos of pets in costume*
- a description of your ideal autumn day
- a short story detailing a Halloween memory
Because of the short window to submit these items, we decided to keep collecting submissions from the 1st of October through the 22nd! We’ll update this collaborative article throughout, adding your photos and stories as we receive them. So, if you feel inclined, please keep sending photos/stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
* Photos of pets in costume will enter you into a virtual costume contest which will be hosted on Instagram the last week of October. Winners will receive a prize!
Here’s a look at what ya’ll have submitted:
“Growing up, my mom refused to buy our Halloween costumes from the store – she thought they were cheap looking and way too expensive. This resulted in her spending hours at the sewing machine, working hard to ensure we had our dream costume done in time for school parties and trick-or-treating. One of my favorite costumes was in second or third grade – Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz!
Earlier this spring, we met up for the first time since social distancing measures had been put into place due to COVID. Mom surprised me with a face mask made out of my Dorothy costume material! Turns out, she saves fabric from almost everything she had sewn for us growing up. Thanks, Mom!”
– Rachel Austin
“The experience of Autumn is a visceral one—I think it’s the cooler, crisper air in contrast with the warmer tones, smells, and tastes. Fall is filled with a feeling of both nostalgia and excitement for me. Excitement for spooky season and the best holiday of the year. Nostalgia for the summer that has passed and for reflecting on the falls of my childhood. Fall was always a time of a new beginning, the mark of a new chapter and school year. One my favorite memories of fall was rushing home from school to look at the Halloween magazines that my mom would get in the mail. I’d spend hours looking at the costumes and decorations, circling the “must have” items as I planned my annual Halloween party. Each year, I’d invite the neighborhood kids over to watch Witches in Stitches or It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown in my playhouse in the backyard. My favorite Halloween book is A Halloween Happening by Adrienne Adams. It inspired my mom to hang dozens of light-up pumpkins each year in our Oak tree. Nowadays, my perfect autumn day is attending a farmer’s market on a Sunday morning with a warm cider or coffee, buying some flowers and mini-pumpkins to spruce up the apartment, and making some sort of crock-pot meal while watching football with the family, and capping the day off with an afternoon or evening bonfire. I may or may not have made some chocolate chunk-oatmeal-pumpkin cookies last weekend in honor of fall officially arriving.” – Annika Strand
“Meet the IRL Thackery Binx from the classic ’90s Halloween movie Hocus Pocus! This movie was one of my favorites as a child, so it only made sense to name my black kitten Binx when I acquired him off of Craigslist years ago. Just like the film, Binx is one of the chattiest cats in town and I wouldn’t have it any other way. He likes chasing leaves, eating string cheese and drinking faucet water. He doesn’t like wearing cowboy hats…
Besides dressing up my cat, I love spending this season eating caramel apples, taking brisk walks through graveyards and creating my next Halloween costume. This year will be more quaint, but that’s just an excuse to settle in and watch more spooky films!”
– AL Evenson
In other important news, we surveyed you on your most coveted trick-or-treating candy. Here’s how you responded:
22% \ Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
19% \ Kit Kat Bar
7% \ Skittles
7% \ 100 Grand Bar
45% \ Other, we have a diverse candy crowd!
Other includes: Almond Joy, Milky Way, Twix, Caramel Apple Pops, Warheads, Starburst, Take 5, Butterfinger, Snickers & Nerds