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Childhood VII – Halloween

Halloween:
the epitome
of childhood.
An Unlimited
supply of candy.
Lugging that spooky

plastic pumpkin around. Seems as though there
is never enough space to store all that candy. A bottomless pit
of a bag is necessary to use to satisfy that unlimited sweet tooth. Returning
home, tired, late at night, weak, but most importantly, satisfied. Dumping the
pile on the living room table at seven o’clock at night. Theres no time to stop
for dinner, the trade must commence. “Will you trade me that Kit-Kat for  those
Snicker Bars?” “Can I have your Gummy Bears? I’ll give you my Three Musketeers.”
Mom plays that Charlie Brown Halloween Special as the long evening starts to unwind.
Halloween: the torture of adulthood. Waiting by the dressing room as junior tries on his
Pirate costume. Advertisements stressing the purchase of holiday decorations. Having
to come home early just to give out candy. Enjoying the special adult movie while
the kids are out. For only a few minutes, the sofa feels just so nice. Found the perfect
position on the cushion. And then it hits… DING-DONG!!! The dog starts barking
continuously as the house falls into chaos. Sprinting to the door as to not miss
another moment of the film. TRICK-OR-TREAT!!! Grabbing into the cauldron
of sugar-coated sugar-flavored sugar. Handing out the proper amount
to each little tike. Returning to the sofa, only to be forced
up repeatedly until the end of the long night
comes.

Gosh, I am going to miss those years of Halloween when I was little; to just go on a quest for candy with my buddies. It seems as though everyone was lacking the common sense that they could just eat the candy that Mommy bought at Walgreens instead of going out and getting some. Everyone went on a search to find the house that gave away those king-size chocolate bars, and I know that everyone thought in their head, “God D*mmit!” when that one family gave out caramel cubes as an excuse for candy. It was always hilarious how some people just left a giant candy bowl in front of their house with a little sign that said, “Please take two.” Eventually, someone would come around and snatch the entire bowl just for the heck of it, and that would be that. What I really hated were the candy corns that came on the shelves around October. I actually thought they were made of corn (yeah, I know), and so the idea of trying one disgusted me. It wasn’t until I was a lot older that I actually realized why so many people enjoyed them.

Probably the most important element of Halloween was how much I loved to wear costumes. I loved to dress up like my favorite superheroes when I was around five years old. I would even wear the costume when I went to sleep because I just loved being in character. I guess that is why I used to love acting when I was little, because I could have an out-of-body experience as another character. Every kid must have wanted to act. I don’t know where we all lost it: the sparks of creativity in artwork, singing, dancing, and acting. We used to love to get active and move around. That’s why they have playgrounds, so that little kids can release their energy. Anyway, that feeling just left one day without any notice. I know that feeling of creativity left a little when I was about ten.  What I really regret about Halloween is that I rarely chose a costume to wear after I lost that feeling inside. I mean, Halloween is just one day, so my parents always thought that I would have to wear the same costume next year. I think I know what it is; we are all falling to our peers, causing us to lose out costume-wearing spirit.

Decorations also played a huge part of what made Halloween so special. For our family, every year we would decorate by buying those fake spider webs that can be stretched over a bush or tree to make it look haunted. Even though it was always a huge mess to clean up afterward, it was our family tradition. My mom would always have us make decorations for the house using orange and black paper. My sister and I would cut it into different patterns to create paper lanterns and shades for the windows. Unfortunately, the paper lanterns would always deform and just fall off the string and the shades would always collapse days before Halloween. In the end, my dad would save the day and go out to buy last minute decorations for our house. I’ve always wanted to have a house that was extravagantly decorated in ornaments. I mean, to a level in which you can not even see the lawn because there are so many inflatables and what-not on the grass. We would actually spend time driving through neighborhoods during the night and hunt for houses with insane decorations.

Connor: I remember Halloween when I was a tot. I remember going to Spirit  (a costume store) with my mom and sister and picking out wacky costumes. When I was around three or four, I was Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. I loved that costume so so so much that I wore it for two Halloweens in a row! I think I liked it so much because it looked like a dog costume (sort of) and everyone knows how much four year olds love dogs! More recently, however, my costumes have deviated from Disney cartoon characters. Last Halloween was uncomfortable for me, unfortunately. Even though I was a week from turning fourteen, I felt as though my trick or treating days were coming to a close. I wore an afro wig last year, by the way. I clearly remember one year, when I was about ten, when my sister, Mia, my parents, and I were trick or treating. We walked upon this vastly decorated house with just decorations galore. It was impossible to see the stucco of the house behind all the spiderwebs and fog machines. I wanted candy badly though, so I walked up to the front door where a cauldron of candy laid next to a skeleton or something in a black cloak. My sister then came to grab candy, after seeing that it was safe. She was about seven at the time. Anyway, as she put her hand in the cauldron; that skeleton that I thought was a prop… was actually a person. The man in the costume screamed so loudly that my sister dropped her candy and pumpkin bucket. It took my parents a good twenty minutes to calm Mia back down. I was just standing there all like wow, what just happened? That night was probably the spookiest Halloween experience I ever had. Surely, Mia still remembers it vividly.

Halloween is full of just so many memories of fun, food and fright that should not be put aside just because of mere age. It really doesn’t matter how old you are, there is some way to get in the holiday spirit. Please, don’t be that shut-in sitting at home thinking, “those pesky kids…” Instead, get out and greet kids in costume at the doorstep. It will save your sanity and will save yourself from constant interruptions. Most importantly, let your inner child out! Let that energy inside come out in praise of this youthful day!

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A Collaborate Post
By Michael and Connor



Kick Off Summer Right!

Hello everyone! This is Clonez, administrator of skydays147.wordpress.com. What better way is there to start off the summer than an awesome water party? Of course, Club Penguin was not as creative with this one, because it was a bring-back, but the party turned out to be a great success among the newcomers. I have an urge to talk about the yellow inflatable duck. Yes, we all know it was brought back. I remember at last years party, everyone was talking about how it was going to come back, and it never did. When all of the penguins realized it turned green, nobody wore it. For some reason, I remember reading some other penguin’s wordpress on what looks good with the green duck. It was kind of weird, you know? Because, lets face it, it was so ugly back then. Now all you see old penguins wear at this party is the green duck. It is just going to continue switching back and forth. This sort of relates to the story with the red and blue propeller caps. Okay, now the main attraction for this week: the Water Party. The main difference in this water party is that penguins are able to go to the underground. Well, that didn’t turn out to be a good thing. Club Penguin went way over their heads on the crab cracking the glass story, it’s not that big of a deal.. They included a pictorial, a demonstration, and even made a movie about it! I like it when Club Penguin gives its history, but I think that the whole story with the crab was exaggerated. Please don’t assume that the party is all that bad. There were some very mentionable decorations. Just like at the Medieval Party, the Water Party included a special room; this one dedicated to an inflatable whale. This was an improvement on last years “tiny” whale at the iceberg. Also, just like the last two summer parties, this one included the inflatable octopus in the Dojo. The octopus was and still is a well-loved addition to the parties that penguins have repeatedly asked to bring back. Personally, I think the octopus is okay. I am upset that Club Penguin removed the gap in between the octopus. You used to be able to walk into it and it looked like your head was sticking out of it. I have no clue why I like that. Probably one of the best rooms at this party is the dock. The castle, even though it was brought back, was been a favorite of mine. It is funny to watch penguins fight over who is going to be king or queen; whatever status. Especially on popular servers: the fun never ends. Now, I have a question to ask all of the readers. What is the point of that green hose that keeps following us from room to room? It is located in the bottom right corner of the screen, and it doesn’t seem to do much. I mean, all you can do is spray penguins, but it is not visible from their point of view. Whatever it is, I still this it was pointless for Club Penguin to add it in.

Overall Party Rating: ***

Who could forget about the new play that came out today? Okay, I have to say that this one is quite good. The set is impressive, the costumes: even more impressive. Especially the togas: leopard and zebra. It really does not matter; they could be either gender, although the costume trunk seems to separate the girls from the boys one. I remember a week ago when the clothing catalog came out. There was this one item: the sarong, which looked so much like one of the togas. It was fun pretending to be “Tarzan”, even though the clothing item was meant for girls. Also in the costume catalog, the Tiki masks. Just like the togas, Club Penguin separated them by gender, although you could wear either one. It is fun to wear them, I liked to try and scare penguins with them of course because they are so scary in a way. Okay, more about the play. The only problem is the script. Yeah, it is good, but it does not really catch on. It’s funny to see all of the messed up words that Club Penguin put together.

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