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Things That Go Bump In The Night
A man was walking home alone late one night when he hears a BUMP... BUMP... BUMP... behind him. Walking faster he looks back and makes our the image of an upright coffin banging its way down the middle of the street towards him... BUMP... BUMP... BUMP... Terrified, the man begins to run towards his home, the coffin bouncing quickly behind him... faster... faster... BUMP... BUMP... BUMP. He runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him. However, the coffin crashes through his door, with the lid of the coffin clapping... clappity-BUMP... clappity-BUMP... clappity-BUMP... on the heels of the terrified man. Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, the man locks himself in. 
His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps. With a loud CRASH the coffin breaks down the door. Bumping and clapping towards him, the man screams and reaches for something, anything... but all he can find is a box of Sucrets in a metal container! Desperate, he throws the Sucrets at the coffin... and of course... the coffin stops.

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1. What was your favorite Halloween costume ever? describe

A pumpkin - Lynne Rohde
Easy! Skeleton. (I've since gained weight) Cheap mask and dark background jump suit with pictures of white bones. -Mike
In 5th grade my neighbor Julie and I donned her mother's evening gowns and thought it was a huge compliment to be told we were "ladies of the evening". -Kristen McCarty
A Barney Costume. My mom made it by hand. I love you... and you love me... -Austin
Paul Stanley from the rock group KISS -Todd Rammler
Pumpkin -Brad
Never dressed up! haha -Chris Remboldt
Fairy. Cute greenish blue dress, with lacy thigh highs, and clear high heels. Then some big glittery wings, with glitter on me and way too much fun! -Amanda McCarty
Friday the 13th's Jason.  Thanks to friends and family I had some pretty nasty looking clothing and a real hockey mask.  I killed a couple of people that night to make it more authentic. -Jim Seeling
A tube of Crest toothpaste that my mom made me when I was in 8th grade.  I wore it back in college and was one of the finalists for the costume contest at the local bar. -Chrissy
An eagles head that the mouth actually opened and closed...it was huge -Chuck
Gotta go with the tramp. It took me a week to get the Coke bottle cork out of my eyes. -Kelly
Moeman as a pregnant smurf! -Bev VanWalleghem
A gypsy ... I got to wear TONS of necklaces and a long skirt. -Diann Matz
My favorite Halloween costume was a Dalmatian costume I made for the editor when he was the computer teacher at Disney Elementary School. It was made from a white sweatshirt and sweatpants. The tail and ears were especially endearing. -Margaret McCarty
Kelly and I dressed as ZZ Top and played with Bob and Carl at Vinnie's (Good Za and 2 Sharp Dressed Men!!) -Jerry
In 1976 to celebrate the Bicentennial, I dressed as Betsy Ross for Halloween.  -Kathlene McCarty
Kermit the Frog -Bob
I think it was when I was three or four, my mom dressed me up as a hobo. I wish I had a picture with me, but she has the cutest one of me. I remember how cool it was to hold that stick with the hankie at the end. Plus my mom put make up on me and that was cool. Other than that I LOVE Halloween. -gwenda

2. What was your favorite Halloween candy to get?

Was??? Still IS Reese's Peanut Butter cups! -Lynne Rohde
Any thick chocolate candy bar. (The worst was candy corn) -Mike McCarty
100 grand - Mrs. Steve O
Kit Kat bar -Austin McCarty
Marathon Bar -Todd Rammler
King Size Candy bars. It didn't matter what kind -Brad
Anything but those orange, over-sweet peanut shaped things! -Chris Remboldt
Snickers -Amanda McCarty
I really never liked the candy. -Jim Seeling
Snickers -Chrissy
Snickers -Chuck
Oh Baby... There's nuttin' like a Charleston Chew -Kelly
M & M's - of course -Bev VanWalleghem
Butterfingers (then I married one.) -Diann Matz
Anything chocolate, especially full-size Hershey Bars! -Margaret McCarty
Milk Duds -Jerry McCarty
Almond Joy (I always feel like a nut) -Kathlene McCarty
Ham -Bob
I love any form of chocolate, but the sweeties, well they rock! -Gwenda

3. What was your best Halloween memory?

The Halloween it was warm enough that my Mom did not make me wear a coat over my costume, LOL! -Lynne Rohde
I don't know about best, but my most enduring one actually came on Devil's Night. I was with a bunch of kids soaping windows when a guy chased us. I broke my ankle and was in a cast for six weeks. And then I threw a stink bomb in a bar ... oh, no, never mind, that was Uncle Eddie. -Mike McCarty
Growing up in RO the houses were close together, one year my cousins and I did 5 streets -- I filled three pillow cases. -Mrs. Steve-O

Staying out until all the houses shut off their lights! -Todd Rammler
Crying because you made me wear the pumpkin costume. -Brad
Moving into a new house, where I still live :-) We were up really late, and my folks kept making trips back to the old house an hour away.  I stayed up late and alone while they were gone, listening to AM radio all the way from Chicago (I live in Tennessee).  They were telling ghost and alien stories, and were creeping me out.  But it was really fun!  Then my parents got back and we had a late-night meal of chili, the first hot meal in the new house. -Chris Remboldt
Going to this one neighborhood who had given up any hope that people would come to their house, so they left all their candy on the porch and left a note saying "help yourself." That year I had sooo much candy! -Amanda McCarty
My wife has threatened death if I ever tell the story (1987). -Jim Seeling
The time that Chris was a hunter and I was a turkey for Halloween and to get home from the party we were at Chris put the toy shot gun up his pant leg so cops wouldn't think it was real and stop us.  Later on the walk home we saw a deer, which Chris claimed was a statue until we saw his head move.  Too bad that gun wasn't real...population control! -Chrissy
Walking through small
subdivision with my big brother getting lots of candy and not being afraid of getting beat up by older kids. -Chuck
My most memorable was when I had been dating Margaret for only a month, and she invited me to a Halloween party. She went as a bunch of jelly beans, and I went as Al Jolson in black face. Come to find o
ut that the party was in a very black neighborhood in Detroit. Needless to say, my Dan McCarty lesson in talking jive was a BIG benefit. -Kelly
When I was a kid almost every porch light was lit. Everyone was giving away candy or pennies or nickels for the poor.  Everyone was friendly and smiling. "Thank you" was always said.  In my memory it was truly "Happy Halloween". Bev VanWalleghem

Crossing into the 'forbidden' zone with my brother to a neighborhood across Joy road that was giving out popcorn balls. -Diann Matz
Taking the kids out when they were little with the stroller, we would take big bags and little bags and trick or treat with the little bags and dump the candy in the bigger bags that were in the stroller. At the end of the night the stroller probably weighed more with the candy  than if a kid was in it so, the smallest kid ended up being held or walked home! -Margaret
When DJ hid behind my house with a Goalie Mask and a Chain Saw and ran out and chased little kids off of my porch. -Jerry McCarty
Teaching California children about devil's night. -Kathlene McCarty
I remember one year I wore a floor length cape... Oh wait a minute that was Easter. -Bob 
I don't really remember the Halloweens, but I do remember the costumes. But I guess my favorites are with my daughter. One year I dressed her up as a princess and she won 1st place at a mall in Scottsdale. Then another year I taught her the art of the pace. Never go to the door with other children. They will give you less candy. Go one at a time so that they will feel like you don't have any friends and give you more. Then sort out the goods and make sure mom gets the 'Smarties' and the dark chocolate. -gwenda


Come in and let me take a look at you.
I get a choice? Letís see, a stick of gum or a sucker? Do you have any Junior Mints?
Candy corn? Yuck!
Who are you supposed to be?
Iím sweating like a pig underneath this mask.
Iím a hobo, mister. Canít you see the burnt cork on my cheeks?
Third-degree burns? Thatís just burnt cork, nurse.
Turn the porch light off.


I donít feel so good.
Please, Mom, can I get something out of the dime bag?  Iím gonna OD on the penny bag.

I'm guaranteed to get at least a little something in the sack.
If I get tired, I can wait 10 minutes and go at it again.
The uglier I look, the easier it is to get some.
I don't have to compliment the person who gave me candy.
40 years from now, I'll still enjoy candy.
If I don't get what I want, I can always go next door.
It doesn't matter if kids hear me moaning and groaning.
I have no guilt the next morning.
I can "do" the whole neighborhood!!!





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