BOO! To celebrate Halloween, we asked CCA staff to share their favorite costumes and fall memories.
Tom, Family Engagement Manager
My siblings and I did a group costume when we were really young. My brother and I were each wrapped in green plastic wrap and my sister was a tissue box with a sign that said “How do you make a tissue dance? Put a little boogie in it.”
Mollie, Executive Director
October is always a hectic month. No matter how far in advance we thought we were prepared, we were always scrambling for a costume. Looking back, when my girls were young, it was going into their dress-up clothes and figuring something out, which usually meant a princess dress. As they got older, they went through a lengthy superhero phase, and then, as tweens, it was skeletons and book characters. As young teenagers, we are down to group costumes, which include MnMs, crayons, and ghosts. Now they even like to hand out candy with me!
Jamie, Family Engagement Specialist
We love all things spooky! From pumpkin patches to scary movies, we are celebrating Halloween for the entire month of October. As a child, my mom would make all of our Halloween costumes. I remember really wanting to be Maid Marian from Robin Hood. She made me the most amazing dress, but I loved the cape most of all! Now, we always try to find a family theme! We have been pirates, characters from Peter Pan, and this year we plan to be characters that are tied to one of my daughter’s favorite characters – the big bad wolf!
Grace, Child Care Resource &Referral Specialist
We actually do not celebrate Halloween. However, to enjoy/celebrate the fall season, we like to go apple picking and go on walks this time of year because the color of the leaves are just beautiful!
Michelle, Community Engagement Specialist
Curious Kitty and Grumpy Lion was my favorite from my twin niece and nephew’s first Halloween. My sister and I took them to Castleton Square Mall to safely trick-or-treat. I was so geeked that you would have thought those kids were mine! I miss them being this little.
Lucy, Multicultural Program Resource Navigator
When I grew up we didn’t celebrate Halloween in my country, but here I love celebrating the holidays. On Halloween, I like to see how they dress up babies and toddlers. I think they look cute wrapped or dressed up as fashionable characters. I also really liked it when my children dressed alike.
Julie, Program Resource Manager
My favorite Halloween costume as a child was me as Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. My mom and grandma made me the coolest cloak! My sister was the statue of liberty and that creepy guy is my grandpa in a mask.
Janaya, Administrative Assistant
One of the kids from my neighborhood’s birthday is Halloween. Her parents had a costume party for her every year. My favorite costumes were wearing a ball gown and my sister’s sash and crown as Miss Black America, My mom and godmother making me a Pocahantas costume including beads and feathers, and being a beatnik – gogo boots, miniskirt and tam and fishnets!
Rosy, Multicultural Family Engagement Specialist
This year, the Disney movie Inside Out was all the rave, and even better: the costume was cheap and easy to put together. I was Fear and my coworker Becky was Sadness. Most Disney nerds who came in to the store recognized us immediately. I miss that houndstooth sweater.
Lane, Human Resources Manager
We go for whatever will get us candy, honestly! We’re just not that deep. It’s an excuse to get the little ones together, make a bonfire, and have chili. We especially enjoyed our little vampire last October.
Patti, Data/Assessment Specialist
I’ve always enjoyed getting creative and dressing up for Halloween. There was a lull once I hit that age where it was no longer cool to trick or treat, but things picked up again in college and early adulthood when Halloween parties were big. As a parent, I enjoyed helping my kids come up with costume ideas. A favorite when my kids were really little was going as a cat and mouse. Another fun one was when my daughter dressed up as a white rabbit, added grey pillow stuffing all over her costume, and went as a dust bunny.
Kristin, Communications and Community Manager
As much as I loved dressing my boys up in adorable costumes (baby monkey was heart-melting!), I really loved it as they got older and their personalities came out as they chose their costumes. From Spock to a piece of bacon and Bill & Ted to a sumo wrestler. I’m always amazed with the ideas they come up with! Looking forward to Halloween with Marty McFly this year!