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For me it was 1973. My brother and a friend of our's built a spookhouse in
our basement. We planned it all out on Labor Day and worked on it for two
months. Half the basement was a "night gallery" and the other half was a
cementary. Our friend was still in high school so we told him, "Go to school
every day so you can lay out on Halloween and help us put everything up!"
He played hooky most of the time and went to school on Halloween!

At the time we were working on the spookhouse there was a huge rash of
UFO sightings across several states and it gave me a lot of ideas about a
UFO section in the night gallery.
 

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For me it was probably 1992. I was 12 and decided that I wasn't going to Trick or Treat anymore, I was just too old, big and awesome, or so I thought. I had a buddy over that night just to hang out and do 12 year old stuff. This, as best I can remember, consisted of just sitting in my room listening to Alice in Chains complaining about there being nothing to do.

So after living it up middle-school style in my room for an hour or so, I decided that my buddy and I should walk around the neighborhood and watch the trick or treaters. As he and I were walking around, I really got a chance to notice the decorations on all of the houses, smell the air, and feel the cool autumn breeze. This was something that I never did when I was trick or treating; I was too busy sprinting from house to house to get a full-pillow-case stash. So, for the first time, my senses started to take over and they generated some great feelings. I realized how much I loved this Holiday, this time of year.

Ever since then, Halloween has been a bit of an obsession for me. By the way, I decided to trick or treat for two more years after that. What was funny about that was that I was over 6feet tall by age 13, 6'3" by age 14 and had a deep voice as well. Everyone kept asking where I parked when I would go up to the houses! I didn't care, I just wanted some candy.
 

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Halloween 2002.

I wore a big poofy dress, and my hubby was dressed in a tux and a guy stood in front of us and said a few things about true love and then we had a big party with all of our friends and family... ;)

Best Halloween ever, but the ones since then have been pretty darn spectacular too.

I still remember one Halloween in the late 70s that I figured out that I could MAKE my costume. So I was a white mouse, made from a white trash bag, rope tail, paper plate ears and cardboard painted cone of cardboard for the nose. I had so much fun TOT that year, since everyone told me that was a creative costume...:D
 

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No idea why this is my answer, because I've had some really great Halloweens since I've been older-- but as a kid, the one that stands out as being most memorable was in the early 70's. It was the first year our parents let my buddy and me go trick or treating without supervision, so we felt like big shots. lol

One memory was of going to a neighbor's house who always offered apple cider, then tried to keep you talking with her for 20 minutes as she asked you about school, your parents, etc... Guess she was lonely. lol

Later that night, there was a house with a big, goofy looking toy spider on the lawn. The owner had it on fishing line and was trying to make it move towards the kids as they'd come up to the house. That thing would have made a toddler laugh... lol

One of the last houses we went to that night was awesome... The wife was dressed up like a ghoul in a long, flowing dress and "escorted" you onto the porch where her husband was lying in a coffin dressed as Dracula... He'd open the lid, show his fangs and offer candy from a bowl he was holding.

Other Halloweens since may have been "better", but none made the impression and memories that one did.
 

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That's easy - 2005.

Hubby and I had been doing a haunt for years. We had our first child in the summer of 2005, and all our nasty neighbors and relatives came out saying "Oooh, you have a baby now, you won't have time for any of that silly Halloween crap now!!!"

So we built a graveyard - complete with wrought-iron fence and a 10' tall gate - that encircled our entire yard. :) Took about 2 months, but the baby was happy to play outside with us while we built.

They shut up after that. ;) Now that the 2nd kid is here, we took over an entire haunted house and have rebuilt it from the ground up.

No more kids for us, or we'll likely have to go mainstream...
 

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My best experience was the year I had a Halloween party for my 16 year old daughter. I told her she could invite only up to 20 people (lived in an apartment). I spent two months decorating the apartment for her party (Even hung real tree branches in one corner with moss and leaves). Her friends would come over after school and admire the work in progress. By the time the night came, over 50 kids showed up (word got around at school about the decorations). My daughter was afraid I would be mad because of all the kids, but I thought it was great. My next door neighbors were a young couple who were youth group leaders in their church and were kind enough to open their apartment for some of the over flow. Kids where sitting around singing songs and having a really good and safe time. My daughter said the kids talked about that party for years afterward. The funny thing is, she didn't want to have another one because she said it stressed her out so bad worrying if everyone was having a good time and trying to hostess. She said it was too much work! LOL

It's a great memory.
 

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I would have to say it was when this girl came over to my grandma's house, and she was alone trick or treating. I didn't have anyone to go trick or treating, and asked her if I could trick or treating with her. So, we did just that. After trick or treating, I want back to my grandma's house, and gave her extra candy.
 

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You know it's funny, but after 40 some odd years, I really don't have one single memorable Halloween. There are bits and pieces from over the years but nothing really stands out as the most memorable. I remember the smell of the costumes that came in a box, the way the little metal handle of the pumpkin light my dad made me felt in my hand, the smell of burnt pumpkin, the first Halloween in our new house and the neighbor had a hangman on their front porch and dressed up like Dracula, the carnival games and costume parades at my elementary school and all the melted wax on the playground from the wax lips, TOTing with my oldest for the first time, the kids parties we used to have, and now our own haunt. Just quick images, but nothing that I can say "that was one great Halloween!".
 
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