Dear 100 Hour Board,
What's your favorite thing about Halloween?
Dear Hoopy Spoopy,
My best memories from Halloween are going trick-or-treating with my younger brother. In my neighborhood, there weren't a lot of kids that trick-or-treated, so our neighbors didn't mind me going even though I was a little bit older.
Also, trading candy and making little candy forts Halloween night is the jam.
Dear Hocus Bogus,
But I can tell you my favorite things about fall besides Halloween. Plum Cider, candles, carving and painting pumpkins, sugar cookies, fall desserts, changing colors, sweaters, coats, scarves, cool weather, dark evenings, blankets, and SOUP.
Guesthouse, Halloween Hater
Spooky stories/movies, dressing up, pumpkins, decorations, seeing little kids in their costumes (they're so stinking cute!), and candy.
Dear Hokes n Pokes,
Just like Guesthouse, November 1st. Discounted Halloween candy! It's also Day of the Dead! Ancestor remembrance day!! I want to watch Coco every November 1st and do some family history.
On a more serious note, my Mom has a thing for holiday dinner traditions, but Halloween is one tradition that my sisters and I have continued as adults. It's called the Halloween Bag Dinner. We all get together as a family and us sisters prepare it for everyone else.
The only thing that you start off on the table is your plate. No utensils, no cups, nadda. You grab slips of paper out of the bag that tells you what you get to partake of for each course. We usually blindly pick 3-4 pieces of paper for each round (depending on the total slips of paper, we don't want to make the dinner last too long).
Now this is the fun part, the slips of paper don't just say "fork", "punch", or "corn". Each dinner item gets their own Halloween code name.
For example: corn is witches teeth, olives are cats eyes, the fork is Jack's Pitchfork, and the roll is a tumbled tombstone. (Points for alliteration.) The possibilities are endless! Some of the names stay the same because of tradition, and others rotate (usually the dessert). Before I became lactose intolerant, the traditional dessert was a mini cheesecake that used candy corn to make a pumpkin face. Alas, we don't do that dessert anymore.
My nieces and nephews range from ages 6 months to 6 years old. Not all of them participate, but the older ones think it's a blast.
It's quite fun since you could possibly get your dessert first and your main course last. You may get your utensils and napkin in the very beginning and starve until the second course, or the utensils are the last thing you get. You got your soup but lack a spoon? Well, I guess your manners go out the window and it's acceptable to slurp your soup! It's fun to see what everyone gets to eat first and in what order. I highly recommend anyone to start this tradition.
Dear hokey pokey,
I'm with Guesthouse on this one. I do not like Halloween, and I don't think it deserves to be a holiday. There is nothing virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy about it.
That is all.
Dear Hocus Pocus,
I like that it gives my roommates and I an excuse to get absurdly festive, decorate our apartment, and forget homework for a night to go party. (For clarity—by "party" I mean getting together with five-ish friends, eating food, and maybe playing a game or something if we're getting fancy. I’m an engineer, don’t expect too much of me.) My parents also usually send me some pretty adorable pictures of my little siblings all dressed up in their costumes on Halloween night.
Plus, pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies and pumpkin spice candles.