A very happy Halloween

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

Yesterday was one of my favorite holidays. In the words of Christine Moore, the lady I met at her Halloween house in Rutherfordton “Halloween is second only to Christmas.”

I started preparing for Halloween when I realized fall was right around the corner. My friends and I started talking about costume ideas and what we wanted to do. Every year we decide if we want to do a group costume, or if we want to be unique and do our own thing. So for this Halloween, I have been a baseball player, a 1920s flapper girl and tomorrow I will be a pirate. Who says you can’t dress up more than once?

I love how the people of Rutherford County have embraced the holiday as well. I visited Christine’s house on Wednesday and was amazed at all of the time and effort that she puts into decorating her home. She is 85 and she and her family begin decorating a month in advance. She has a giant Frankenstein, a homemade graveyard, Halloween-themed snacks and plenty of creepy statues and figurines. She even had toilet paper with pumpkins all over it.

This month has been full of decorated pumpkins. I visited an art class at R-S Central High School that sold hand-painted pumpkins at Food Lion. I headed over to Forrest Hunt Elementary School to see the super cute and creative pumpkins that the kindergarten classes painted with their parents. And I visited Ellenboro Elementary for their annual Jack-o-Lantern Jamboree.

I have also had the pleasure of attending a few book character parades at the local elementary schools. Let me tell you, those are a sight to see. The parents in this county really go all out to make sure their kid’s costume is the best.

At Thomas Jefferson Grammar School one of the best costumes was a Jack and the Bean Stalk. The child was rolling inside of a giant, green stalk. It was really creative.

Little Red Riding Hood was one of my favorites at Ellenboro Elementary but they also had a beanstalk. A very dedicated father carried a gigantic pole all around the outside of the school. I was very impressed.

But the best part of this Halloween was celebrating with my coworkers. We had a pumpkin decorating contest in the office and it was great to see some of the creative things that they came up with. Alyssa and I painted ours girly colors and bedazzled them. Then we had some carved ones and ‘The Daily Courier’ Cyclops. But Travis took first place with his pumpkinreational vehicle pumpkin. I give him major points for creativity.

I’m very proud of The Daily Courier employees. Even though it took some encouraging and arm twisting most of them showed up at work in full Halloween attire. We had a police officer, a homeless person, a scarecrow, a jack-o-lantern, Waldo, a terrifying zombie and Hulk Hogan.

I would say that I had a very successful Halloween season. Now bring on the Christmas presents!