Trick-Or-Treat Giveaway {& FOURSALE}


Today I had a talk with people
who were dismissing Halloween 
as a yucky holiday
 full of dark celebrations and decorations.

I couldn't help but get a little defensive
to the verbal attack of such a special day.

Not only did I find this holiday to be 
one of the best family events of the year,
but I kinda like the creepiness that comes along with it.

All the silly decorations
and spooky party themes 
just seem right as the weather changes.

It all seems to fit the chilly weather perfectly.

You know what else fits this chilly weather?

This gold satchel,




a black & gold skull scarf,




...some navy British tights (they make them best here!),
a really cool pair of over the knee socks,
and some cuddly slippers for cozying up indoors.

And that's why I bought them all for one of you
as a fun little treat for stopping by my place this month.

Instead of the classic line of "Trick-Or-Treat,"
all you have to do to win this bag of treats
is leave a favorite Halloween memory below.

Snag an additional entry for each
if you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

I'll pick a winner at random on Friday, 19 October.

{Must be a follower to win. Gotta take care of my peeps.}

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AND in response to the white infinity scarf that I religiously wear in the cold,
I have now purchased it's black counterpart.

It's a little larger, a little softer, and a little bit better smelling.

{Editor's Note: I really need to wash mine more often.}

I really can not wait to wear it way too often in the months ahead.

 Since so many readers have asked me where I got the first one (H&M, 2010),
I thought I'd help out this time by grabbing a few extras for you.






First come, first served.



Slow international shipping will be used to keep shipping down,
so expect a few weeks before your purchase arrives.

No refunds available, so please purchase carefully!

UPDATE: SOLD OUT




*All images via instagram. Username: aspiringkennedy
**Obviously, these aren't the real McQueen & Cambridge Satchel... just "inspired" pieces. :)




282 comments:

  1. My most favourite Halloween memory was the first Halloween I spent here in the states in college. A bunch of girlfriends crowded over at my apartment for wine and snacks. (This was before Pinterest so it was probably cheeses, veggies and a whole host of other non creative yummies.) Attire was "pajamas". And the highlight of the party was a gigantic vase that we poured an entire box of wine in and added dry ice to make it look like witches brew. Was so fun!
    xx
    Carissa

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  2. I love Halloween too ---

    I think my favourite memory was a few years ago in my first year of teaching. My best friend/coworker and I turned her classroom into Hogwarts. We dressed up as Professors, sorted the kids through the sorting hat and had them attend classes! It was such a fun morning. So much work but so rewarding!

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  3. My favorite halloween memory was when i was 6, i dressed up as the pink power ranger, duh ;) and my sister was sick that year so i got to go trick-or-treating for the both of us and when i brought back all of her candy she was so sick she didnt want it so obviously i ate all of hers! Such a nice sister :)

    -This is Emily, please don't mistake me for Sam or Jess as i want to win more than them ;) haha

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  4. Yea! I love that satchel.

    My favorite Halloween memories have actually been made the last few years. My mom loves the holiday and decorates a ton. Her neighborhood gets so many trick or treaters. Mine doesn't.

    So she makes a big pot of chili, and I go over and help pass out Halloween candy. We watch fun Halloween movies and just enjoy. It's fantastic.

    Bonus favorite: last year teaching ESL the first time. My students LOVEd learning about Halloween, and we had a fun Halloween party. :)

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  5. Halloween is so fun! My neighbors have been decorating for weeks, and it's been great. I remember that in elementary school I dressed up as a trick-or-treating candy bag a few times...I thought I was so witty and creative for coming up with being a candy bag trick-or-treating for candy!!

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  6. What a great giveaway! My birthday is October 16th and my mom's birthday is Halloween so, in general, October was a fun time at our house. If Halloween was on a weekend, we would typically have a joint birthday party. But my favorite Halloween memories were those Halloween afternoons before trick or treating. It was just hanging out with her, carving pumpkins, eating caramel apples, and watching Hocus Pocus (on VHS!).

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  7. Shut up with that gold satchel!!! Love it! Since I have virtually no memory of my childhood, I think my favorite one was Connors first. I got him a donald duck costume at a consignment sale that was actually Disney brand (read: large and elaborate) and I died at the cuteness. Matt hated it, which ultimately means it was adorable! Girl, you are going to have TWO babies to dress up! How much fun is that going to be?!?!

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  8. All of my favorite Halloween memories revolve around handing out candy to trick or treaters while having a blast with friends! Carving pumpkins and watching Hocus Pocus a million times are right up there too!

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  9. I am following on Instagram!

    karakieran

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  10. My favorite Halloween memory was dressing up as the cast of Clue with five of my BFFs in the 7th grade. We took first place in the school costume contest and came back to my house for a slumber party complete with watching the movie Clue. (that movie is hilarious!)
    Oh oh, I was Mrs Peacock!

    (I follow you on IG, fb and twitter I think. Ha, we're so social!)

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  11. I am following on Facebook!

    Kara Kieran

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  12. It always makes me sad to hear that people of think of Halloween as such of a depressing holiday. I hope you were able to spread the word that it doesn't have to be that way! My best Halloween memory is of trick-or-treating when I was about five years old in the first house that my parents owned. I had many friends on the street, and the neighbors really got excited about making Halloween night special for us. They went "all out" to make their yards, front porches and sometimes even entire homes very spooky for us. One house even had a table where someone would sit underneath it (hidden, of course) and surprise you with a hand reaching out when going into a cauldron for a piece of candy...complete with fog machines, people dressed up as witches and the whole bit. Trick-or-treating there was what I wish every child could experience - it was almost perfection!

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    1. And I think that you probably know I already follow ya on Twitter (@charchar824), Instagram (@charchar24) and Facebook. :) Girl, as a fellow London resident (at least for a year) I definitely have my eye on that cute McQueen! Fine choice!

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  13. I absolutely love Halloween! I'm living in the Netherlands now and I'm working hard to convert everyone here into Halloween fans also.

    There are so many great memories from Halloween past that it's so hard to choose. I think one of the best parts is planning and creating your costume for that year, it's so much fun to come up with the perfect idea and have the perfect accessories, and of course the fact that it allows you to be anyone or anything you want for a night or two. Also can't forget the fantastic haunted houses and creepy mazes where dozens of people would do their best to scare the living daylights out our all the kids and going through them holding on to your friends for dear life...such good times. And of course the great parties!

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  14. I'm also a twitter and FB follower!

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  15. Just found your blog :)

    When I was under 10 my mom took my sibs and I to a fall festival every year. There was a costume contest and winners always won a board game. I'm pretty sure between the three of us, there was at least one winner, so every year we got candy, played fun/dumb games, and came home with a new game. Way better than trick-or-treating!

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  16. Already living through your beautiful pictures on Instagram :)

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  17. and stalking you on Twitter too!!! :)

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  18. Favorite memory is digging dumping out the candy you collected trick-or-treating and bargaining/swapping with your friends.

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  19. i'd looove to win! halloween is my favorite holiday, to date my favorite costume was a child beauty queen a few years ago, even had a stage mom!

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  20. Do I get extra points if I was already following you on facebook??? ;)
    I'm a follower on fb!

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  21. Ooh...and extra, extra points for already following you on twitter!

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  22. And my greatest Halloween memory is simply that I wore the same exact costume every single year my entire childhood: a homemade pink princess fairy dress and my sister put tin foil on my shoes and around my baton to make it into a wand.

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  23. My favorite Halloween memory is from when I was about six years old. I decided to be Pippi Long Stockings. My mom made me thee best costume using the description of her from the book. To make it even better, she used wire hangers to make my braided pigtails stick out. Best.Costume.Ever.

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  24. I definitely follow you on twitter (@sarahecburton).

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  25. Annnd I follow you on Instagram (sarahecburton).

    PS this giveaway rocks.

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  26. I follow on twitter as cmariemelnik

    wifeysnotes@yahoo.com

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  27. I also follow you on facebook!

    wifeysnotes@yahoo.com

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  28. When Mr. Branflake was 5, his mom made him an Ewok costume. He was so excited. But she didn't have time to made the hood, so everyone thought he was a teddy bear. He had to yell, "I'm a fiercesome Ewok! I helped take down Endor!"

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  29. I have to say, pretty much every Halloween memory is a favorite. but my birthday is also the day before, so Halloween is just an extension of the celebration! :) getting a new costume was probably the most exciting part - my mother always handmade them. I loved the trips to the fabric store to pick out new patterns and choose my costume for the year. :)

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  30. I was around 8 when my mom made me (oh yes homemade costumes) a princess gown. Imagine, tall cone hat with lace hanging from the tip and a long blue dress. Now it was cool for the first 2 years but then 2 more years went by and she kept making me wear it. To be rebellious I decided that I would gore the crap out of it (not one of my proudest moments). So I went out trick or treating as a zombie like princess...classy I know.

    Also...congrats on your little ones!! Let me know if I can make anything to spice up the nursery.

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  31. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays besides Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family. If Halloween ended up being on a Friday, my parents would allow my siblings and myself to go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood with our friends (along with their parents) as long as we were back at a certain time to watch Halloween movies like Hocus Pocus and eat some of our candy. Another Halloween memory I would like to share would be the party I enjoyed with my HUE family. By the way, I follow you on facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and an avid follower of you blog.

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  32. Oh this is just so fun! (I'm already a follower) but my FAVORITE halloween memory was three years ago. My friends and I decided to be a box of crayons for Halloween. We were all different colors with crazy names on our shirts (like Razmatazz Red and Little Boy Blue etc) and the night was beautiful and warm and we got so many compliments on our costumes... it was lovely.

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  33. you might like me a little after this... but, I'm not a huge halloween fan :/ I mean, I don't HATE it, but I don't love it either...

    So, I have few great halloween memories.. but my favorite/funniest is when my mom dressed me up as a geisha girl for halloween in 3rd grade. she's european so she doesn't really believe in the holiday or spending money on costumes, so she threw her kimono on me, put my hair in a bun, added chopstick and put some eyeliner on me and called it a day. needless to say I was mortified next to all the princesses and cool costumes everyone else had :) Now I look back on it and laugh!

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  34. and obvi I follow you on instagra

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  35. We don't celebrate Halloween in Iceland.
    But it seams like a holiday I would love.
    BUT we have halloween themed parties - and we always had good ones with my skaitingteam.

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  36. I don't know if this is my favorite Halloween memory but I shall never forget the time my son used his swiss army knife to carve the Jack-O-Lantern and we ended up in the ER for a few creep stitches. Good thing that we still had time to trick-or-treat~
    pve

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  37. Halloween is my favorite holiday, mostly for the costumes. It outranks Christmas (so I'm probably headed to Hades) and my birthday (maybe I'm not as self-centered as I think?). I have so many favorite memories, from handing out candy at the zoo dressed up as The Hamburglar (the kids didn't get it but their parents thought it was funny) to being part of a Crayola crayon group costume.

    My friends and I love a good costume party - Tacky Christmas, Thanksgiving ("Pilgrims and Indians"), etc. - so of course my favorite Halloween memory is from a party with them in 2011. There were so many great things about that night: a drunken unicorn galloping around the dance floor, Wonder Woman making out with a cop with a gross mustache, and a solo dance to Thriller by yours truly as The Hamburglar (I taught myself the moves with YouTube videos).

    Halloween is a time to let loose and to be someone else, even for just one night. It's so theatrical and funny and I think that's why I love it so much. Yeah, people can be creepy and even veer into downright scary, but I choose to take the night with a sense of humor, and it seems like you do, too! So Happy Halloween to you and yours!

    P.S. Follower on Twitter...and Instagram...and Facebook.

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  38. This is quite hard to choose as I LOVE fall and Halloween with all of my heart. I do miss trick-or-treating with friends and then dumping all of my candy on the living room floor with my sister to trade. My favorite memory, though, might be the first year my friends and I were allowed to drive ourselves to haunted houses. We went to the U.S.S. Nightmare in Cincinnati and I was forced to go first. I was big and brave until someone stepped on my foot and I wanted to punch him, then I had to pass through a spider room. That wasn't my cup of tea. I booked it out of that part. I love haunted houses, corn mazes, and hay rides on Halloween though and I have plenty of memories! Or volunteering at the children's walks during the day. Or watching Hocus Pocus with my sisters and pretending my cat could talk! I may like this holiday too much...

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  39. Hmm this is a hard one I think it would have to be last year. My friends all wanted to be nerds, and I was kinda opposing it thinking it was so cliche and had little originality to it, like really how creative can one get dressing as a nerd. (flash back) in elementary school I was obsessed with american girl dolls, specifically Kit and was in a fashion show for the clothing the company made for girls to wear and look like their dolls. SInce I kind of looked like hit I got to dress up like her...keep the clothes and feel like a model HECK YES! (back to present day) So as I was putting together my nerd costume it some how ended up becoming a kit kitridge costume...my friends were like wow how typical emily cannot just go with theme and has do be some stupid doll that no one even knows about it. I loved it and others who knew who kit was/is loved it as well. I was so proud the entire not, and even got jokes about how a doll shouldn't be getting drunk.ops!

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  40. and facebook..and LOVING your cover photo

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  41. My favorite memory is going to the trunk or treat event at my school every year.

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  42. Holy giveaway! This is awesome! One of my favorite Halloween memories is dressing up with my college boyfriend with our homemade costumes. We were Mike Wazowski and Boo from "Monsters, Inc." Obviously, Wazowski is not an easy costume to make, but we did it, and it lasted through two parties! We got a lot of compliments on that costume pairing!

    Also, I'm one of your Twitter tweeps.

    And I'm a fan on FB!

    Aaaand... I stalk (I mean, follow?) you on Instagram. (@sapphirelindsay)

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  43. one time on halloween my good new friend forgot her camera in cinque terre so i went back and got it for her so she wouldnt miss her flight, and then shipped it to her so it would get to her in time for a work meeting.

    i win. ill take all of the above.

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  44. Every year on Halloween we make Sloppy Joes. I have no idea how it started, but we always had something orange and warm to eat after trick or treating--and its just stuck! I can't wait for it again this year!

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  45. Last year, my department at work and I dressed up as KISS. I will never forget my boss made up like Starchild - never. Best part though? Another department dressed up as KISS too - awkward!

    I follow you here, on Twitter, and instagram :)

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  46. I have a standing Charlie Brown costume at the ready, because in my experience, Halloween parties are always planned just a day in advance. It involves a yellow dress with a zig zag black belt, and a Snoopy doll. No one EVER knows who I am.

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  47. Also following you on twitter

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  48. My favorite Halloween costume was in college with my roommate Allison - she was Lady Liberty and I was a tourist, complete with awkwardly long khaki shorts, an I <3 NY t-shirt, fanny pack & fully functional Polaroid camera from Goodwill. Needless to say, everyone got a kick out of me running around taking pictures of her all night! :)

    Follower on twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

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  49. My cousin's son's birthday falls around Halloween and last year we had a costume birthday party for him. My fiancé dressed like Santa and I was an elf. We brought a sac full of candy and made all the little ones so happy! Nothing makes me happier than being with family!

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  50. My favorite Halloweens have been the past couple of years. We go over to see our nephews, whose street is completely blocked off & every house has people sitting out front w/candy. Then we meet up with friends for an evening out. My favorite was my husband as Uncle Sam & me as Rosie the Riveter. Its the perfect balance of seeing the kids have fun & then celebrating with the adults. (Though I'm pretty sure last year we realized we were too old to handle the bar scene anymore- I think this year it might be a movie marathon?! Getting old!)


    And of course I'm a follower on all 3 social media networks!

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  51. One year when I was little, maybe 6 or 7, my mom forgot to buy me a costume. When she realized this, 5 minutes before I was supposed to leave for trick or treating, she wrapped me in an old holey coat, wiped some dirt on my face and sprayed my hair with gel and hairspray, and finally handed me a stick with a handkerchief tied on it.. I was a hobo.

    I've never let her forget this.

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  52. I also follow you on instagram. as terrieller, not as a hobo

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  53. I follow on twitter as well, still not a hobo though.

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  54. And finally, I follow you on facebook. Though, I think it could appear hobo ish depending on the time. :P

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  55. Halloween is by far one of my favorite holidays! Now that I'm older I always try to come up with unique costumes that no one else will think of. Like the time I was Wednesday from the Adam's Family. I thought it was super awesome until know one knew who I was! I just assumed they were out of touch with reality or way to young for me to be hanging out with. Unfortunately, I wasn't always that creative with my Halloween costumes, which brings me to my favorite halloween memory.

    I was in the 6th grade and decided that I was going to be a country singer for Halloween, Sherri Austin to be exact. I obviously picked the most famous country singer (not)! My costume consisted of jeans, a t-shirt, pigtails, and BLACK HIGH HEELS! This was the night I learned to walk in high heels, because I went to a friends party and we had to run all over the town doing a halloween scavenger hunt! I pretended that my feet weren't killing me, and my team ended up winning the scavenger hunt! I don't know how since they were waiting on me to catch up every five minutes. I swore I was never wearing heels again, but when I hit 16 that changed. =)

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  56. I love, love, love halloween. One of my favorite memories is one Halloween when I was about 10 years old, we had just gotten a foot of snow in Pittsburgh, Pa. We got to trick or treat in our snow gear, and I remember making lots of snow angels on the way. So fun!

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  57. I am a follower of AK and my favorite Halloween memory is at my own expense.. Some of my friends and family were all outside, hanging around a fire and throwing some football. My friend threw it past my head and I trotted over to pick it up and my dad came around the tree, revving up his chainsaw. Needless to say I have never run faster in my whole life! Happy Halloween to me!

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  58. I am an AK follower :)

    My favorite memory has to be when my sister and I went trick or treating at my neighbours house. We were getting close to the front porch when the car in the driveway started automatically, with no one in it! We both got the fright of our lives and ran back home! My mother then explained what a remote car starter was....ha ha ha

    Abby

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  59. Last year is one of my favorite Halloween memories! It was my first year of law school and my school had an awesome and huge party at the natural history museum! We had a pre-party at our house and then everyone walked to the museum, which is very close. It was so much fun!!

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  60. Also, I followed you on instagram! @preppylove

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  61. Halloween always holds a special place in my heart because my fiance and I started dating around this time of year, and Halloween always reminds me of the beginning of our relationship. Every year, we have had a lot of fun coming up with costumes, Adam and Eve, Sonny and Cher, Danny Zukko and Sandy from Grease, and I feel lucky that I am marrying someone who loves the playful side of Halloween like I do!

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  62. My favorite Halloween memory has to be last year when my son was a dragon. He had just mastered walking & I wanted him to be something fun to see a mini version walking in. It had the hat with spikes, gloves for claws & booties for the feet. We taught him how to roar - it was a blast!!

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  63. I met my husband at a party on Halloween - he was dressed as Borat and I was dressed as a cheerleader!

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  64. Halloween has always been one of my favorite time of the year and I believe that comes from my favorite Halloween memories. Whilst I do not have a specific year or event to label as my favorite, ever since I was very young Halloween has always represented family and love. Whether it was spending time with my parents and sister going to find pumpkins or selecting my costume with my mother Halloween always was such a wonderful time without the stress that often accompanied Christmas. The holiday has definitely changed since I have grown and graduated from college, but my family's connection remains just as close and I know it was those October nights that helped.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the giveaway and I love following your blog (as an Oxford grad your Oxford years are my favorite)! I am following you on the blog, facebook, and istagram.

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  65. After trick or treating, my sister and I would always sort our candy and trade each other for our favorites - that's definitely my favorite memory!

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  66. And, my favorite Halloween moment was definitely dressing up with my sisters and going to the "rich-people" subdivisions. They handed out full-size candies! (#fatkid blog comment, right there)

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  68. That gold satchel is to. die. for. obviously it should be there for Halloween since it's all about dead people! Is there anything better than a Halloween where you were supposed to go as a ballerina with the pretty pink tutu and instead having to go as a ghost with an old sheet draped over your snow suit because a couple inches decided to fall the night before? Yeah. Welcome to Halloween when I was five. Never forgot that. I kept that tutu for a few years hoping to wear it, but every Halloween was too cold! Dreams of childhood = CRUSHED! (Also, a loyal Twitter, Facebooker and recently Instagram follower [apparently I thought I already followed you?])

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  69. Every year as a little kid, I'd want a popular costume. My mom had a fancy clown costume, however, that sadly still fit three years in a row. So as I asked if I could be Punky Brewster that year from the back seat of our fantastic Astro van, my mom would say, "Oh Kate, don't you want to be a clown?" Bless her.

    That gold bag really wants me to have it.

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  70. Every year as a little kid, I'd want a popular costume. My mom had a fancy clown costume, however, that sadly still fit three years in a row. So as I asked if I could be Punky Brewster that year from the back seat of our fantastic Astro van, my mom would say, "Oh Kate, don't you want to be a clown?" Bless her.

    That gold bag really wants me to have it.

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  71. I don't really remember this because I was so little, but one of my favorite pictures of my little brother and me is us dressed as a pumpkin and Cinderella that made the front page of our small town newspaper. we felt like. celebrities for years.

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  72. When I was little, my mom used to decorate us sweatshirts with iron-ons and puffy paint every year for Halloween. One year she made me a pretty sweet vest she cut from a sweatshirt decorated with ghosts and made a printed fabric scrunchie to go with it. Verryy 90's! :) I follow you on IG, facebook, and twitter as well!

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  73. My favorite Halloween memory is getting to dress up as Raphael (from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) when I was 6. I was obsessed with the cartoon and had tons of the toys so when I saw the costume in the store I freaked. My mom went the extra step and bought me the plastic weapon set too so I could be more "authentic" lol. I thought I was so cool.
    GFC: Throuthehaze

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  74. following on twitter @throuthehaze

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  75. I follow on twitter (imahappycat)

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  76. Favorite Halloween Memory... London, 2005. Our whole band of students (37 in all) dressed up and walking from our house in South Ken to the Pizza Express there on the way to Harrod's. At first everyone in the restaurant gave us the "ugly American" once over but then started smiling and got such a kick out of us that people eventually started popping over to compliment us on our costumes on their way out. Fun in contagious and lord knows we were having WAY too much fun :)

    What a fun giveaway entry idea! Love reading all these!

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  77. you are seriously incredible. i love this giveaway! favorite halloween memory: it was 3rd grade and i was jasmine (favorite costume ever) and i went to this rich girl's house for a party and it was insanely blinged out with decorations, themed desserts everywhere, tons of kids dressed up and adults in costumes they hired to "scare" us throughout the night. there was bobbing for apples, a room designed as a haunted house and frankenstein was on repeat on their giant tv. it was probably the best party ever, to date. ha!

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  78. Fantastic giveaway!! Perfect for this time of year! My favourite Halloween memory is the one time that me and my sister actually dressed up and went 'trick or treating'. Now we only did this once because we grew up in the country....surrounded by farms...hence the lack of houses to knock on and ask for a treat! It was a good day though when we finally got around to do it!

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  79. Ooo and of course I follow you on instagram and twitter!

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  80. My favorite Halloween was the one I went as a book. Not as a book character, but as the book itself. (Matilda, by Roald Dahl, my then and now favorite book of all time.) We still have that costume--it survived three moves, one of which was transatlantic. I was incredibly nerdy as a kid (still am, actually).
    I have your blog in my feedreader and follow you on Facebook.

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  81. Love the satchel! I always loved Halloween because it meant leaving the country area where I lived and going to all the developments in town- my favorite costume was dressing up as a witch, complete with the very green face paint and huge fake nose :)

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  82. I'm a follower of your instagram!

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  83. Halloween for me brings back memories of cool, crisp nights trolling the neighborhood with my closest friends. Hard to meet a memory so innocent.
    I follow you on Instagram and Twitter - @lmlamiller :)

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  84. okay ready for this? halloween freshman year in college my friends and i all dressed up. i was a cheerleader with my (then) boyfriends ginormous jersey, some pigtails and a skirt. my two friends wore long dresses (one was cinderella?) and then we went out and realized halloween in college = dress like a slooot. check. missed that.

    :) loving this scarf! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  85. What a great and seasonal giveaway!! My favorite memory is dressing up as Catwoman (the Tim Burton era). I was probably too young to understand Michelle Pfeiffer's crazy-town portrayal, but I felt so cool wearing the costume!!

    -Hope
    hopeshores (at) gmail (dot) com

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  86. Getting all dolled up for trick or treating and then zipping a big winter coat over the whole thing. Ah, Halloween in NY. I follow you on Twitter and IG too :)

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  87. My birthday is two days after Halloween, so I've always loved the holiday. My favorite memory was my 7th grade Halloween when I was "too cool" to trick or treat. I handed out candy in an angel costume. My best friend (who had just moved to Florida) surprised me by pretending to be a trick or treater, then pulling off her mask. Best birthday/Halloween ever!

    I already follow your Facebook and Twitter. :)

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  88. My favorite Halloween memory was when I was 5 years old. I was obsessed with The Wizard of Oz and my whole family played the characters for my entertainment. My mom was the witch, sister was Glinda and I was Dorthy. I remember my mom glued red sequins on to my little mary jane flats and I thought it was the best thing ever. My grandma also sewed me a blue and white checked Dorthy dress. I will never for that.

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  89. My favorite memory is also is high on the embarrassing list. Halloween is a favorite, but there's that awkward time when you're just a little too old to Trick or Treat but love candy so much that you can't let it go... (oh and you're waiting to be old enough to be invited to costume parties). It was at this awkward age that my friend Amy and I pushed the limits, thinking our cherub cheeks and freckles could keep us in the mix for a good candy haul. Problem was we had tween costume taste and few options in the basement. I went as an inflatable eight ball (it was the 90s) and on a cold NH night - it just got too cold... Soon I was going door to door as a deflated eight ball... We were side by side with some serious kids costumes and cuteness. Our parents had tried to tell us that we were too old and we soon learned it for ourselves as we got looks at the door - we'll never know if it was our age or costumes. The night was a candy bust, but we laughed all night and still laugh now thinking what we must have looked like... You always have the greatest items! Longtime follower (on instagram and twitter too) and first time commenter! Thanks!

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  90. One of my favorite Halloween memories is when I was a sophomore in high school. My parents were out at the block party, and my siblings were spending the holiday with their respective friends, so I (with permission) had a little classic Halloween sleepover party for my friends - but just the girls. We had scary movies, decorations, and sweets galore. Understandably, the guys from our group of friends were a bit miffed regarding the girls-only invite, and as we later found it, they made it their mission to terrify us. They sent us ominous messages with information they could only know by spying, created scary noises outside the house (remember, we didn't know it was them), and eventually cut the power in my house until we ran outside screaming. I was fairly mad at first, but it created a wonderful memory we still joke about 10 years later. I guess that's the only way teenage boys really know how to flirt.

    (Also, I'm a huge fan - follow you on twitter and facebook.)

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  91. I guess my most recent favorite Halloween memory was last year when my husband and I pulled of a really cool Ghostbusters costume for our (then) seven year old. I bought a jumpsuit online and made the Ghostbusters symbol for the arms and a Venkman name tag to iron on. My husband created the proton pack out of a cardboard box which he poked white christmas lights out of (battery operated and it made the pack look like it was on and working). He also painted a clear flexible tube green and strung the lights down into it, connected it to a hockey stick and it looked like a laser. People were commenting and telling him "Cool Ghostbusters costume!" I downloaded the theme song to my phone real quick and we were walking down the street getting high fives. My four year old didn't like the attention his big brother was getting!! :)

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  92. My fave Halloween was the house party my hubby and I threw for our first Halloween in our new house. Soo much fun!

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  93. And I liked you on FB...by the way "Congratulazioni!"

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  94. I follow you on instagram! @raylanw

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  95. I follow you on twitter! @RaylanWhite

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  96. Love this giveaway! My favorite Halloween memory is the trick or treat night when I was in 3rd grade. It snowed a ton, which is rare for this time of year in Ohio, but my brother and I put on our costumes and bundled up (along with other Halloween faithfuls and their poor parents). It ended up being the best trick or treating night ever - people were super generous with their candy, and area restaurants welcomed people in to warm up and gave away treats and food. I specifically remember getting a free personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut. Best thing ever in my 8-year old mind.

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  97. And I follow you on twitter and instagram :)

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  98. My favorite Halloween memory is definitely dressing up as a "hula girl." My parents went on a vacation to Hawaii by themselves and I was devastated that they were gone for so long. Sure enough, they came back with something the won me over: an authentic hula skirt. I wore that skirt for years until all the leaves fell out.
    P.S. Also following you on Facebook and Twitter (@thingsicovet)

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  99. every halloween my brothers and i would go trick-r-treating with some of the neighborhood kids while our parents followed making sure we weren't abducted. then once our pillow cases were full of candy we would head back to a house and check out our earnings. we would each empty out all our candy, sort it on the carpet, and the begin making trades. i think we had more fun trading than we did getting the candy! oh to be young and eat all those calories... sigh.

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  100. My favorite halloween memory was my freshman year of high school when a large group of my friends decided we still were young enough to trick or treat and went as a sandwich. I was the onion. hahha. It was such a blast. That gold satchel would love to be owned by me. I can just tell. :)

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  101. I also follow you on Twitter.

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  102. And on Instagram so I can dream about one day living in Notting Hill myself. :)

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  103. My favorite Halloween memory is from when I was about 8-10 years old. Unfortunately my parents weren't too creative on the costume front, so I was a witch almost every year for those few years. But I used to LOVE when we got down to the nitty gritty of painting my face green. For some reason I thought it was like, the best thing ever, even though I was wearing a sloppy velour black dress with a witch hat - it's the fun that counts!
    Congrats on your little ones! I hope you're doing well.
    And, I follow you on Instagram and Facebook. :)

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  104. I was a lawn gnome one year in college, it was so much fun because everyone wanted to pet my beard!

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  105. I'm following you on twitter! @rach_barnes!

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  106. My favorite Halloween memory is making my costume with my grandma! I was a clown, which is pretty creepy, but I helped to make the entire outfit. I still have a picture of that costume!

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  107. My favorite Halloween memory was in college when I dressed up as Ugly Betty and won best costume!!

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  108. When I was three, I dressed up like a puppy for Halloween. I liked the costume so much that I refused to take it off for several weeks after. I do remember that it was a jumpsuit that I had to take completely off every time I had to go to the bathroom. I also remember that year that my parents painted my face like a puppy, and I was sitting on the carpeted steps helping hand out candy. I got tired of the makeup at one point, and instead of asking my mom to wipe it off, I waited until she wasn't looking and wiped off all the face paint on the carpeted steps. (Like, cheek to step rubbing.) Luckily we had dark brown carpet so maybe they didn't notice?

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  109. Following you on Twitter! @PreppyLeopard

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  110. And liked you on FB! (Both my page account and my real account.)

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  111. And finally, followed on Instagram! @ThePreppyLeopard

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  112. My favorite Halloween memory is when I was Little Bo Peep in preschool. I adored my costume (bloomers & all!) and felt so grown up that year. I hope you have a lovely Halloween this year!

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  113. I'm a follower on Instagram @gilsonsarahbeth

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  114. I'm a follower on Twitter @gilsonsarahbeth

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  115. What a great giveaway! My favorite Halloween ever was when I was Wendy from Peter Pan. It was the perfect blue dress, and my mom made it for me.

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  116. I think my favourite Halloween memory would be going out trick or treating in my first year of University. Yeah, people probably didn't appreciate that, but one of the girls in my dorm spent her childhood in India and had never gone trick or treating, so a bunch of us dressed up (myself and 2 other girls who then became my roommates were mob members), and went around the little streets around our campus for an hour or so, just so she could experience Halloween like the rest of us. We had a blast :)

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  117. I love Halloween! My favorite memory is from a few years ago. I was an FBI agent (aka I was super cheap and wore a work suit and carried around handcuffs and a badge). My BFF was missing her hubby who was in Afghanistan at the time, so I took her out with me to cheer her up. Best part of the night was seeing a guy dressed as a giant teddy bear with a sign that said "I f***ing love to cuddle." Creepy in retrospect but at the time it was the funniest thing we had ever seen. I have a picture with him that makes me laugh every time I look at it. It was just a fun silly night. I love your blog and follow on instagram and twitter:)

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  118. My favorite halloween memory was the first year we had a big family halloween party! Which was 4 years ago! Coming from a big Hispanic family that never did much for this Holliday I was pretty excited to host our first costume party! Thinking no one would dress up we had a blast laughing at all the adults as they walked in with their costume!!! This halloween will be our 4th annual party!

    *im a follower on Instagram! @miaceleste

    * I'm a follower on twitter @celesteloya

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  119. I grew up in a wonderful neighborhood in southern Indiana. One Halloween (I think I was about 11 maybe), a handful of the neighborhood kids decided that we should put on a haunted walk in the woods behind our homes and have a neighborhood Halloween party. We saved our little pennies for treats purchased at Big Lots and practiced and practiced our super scary skit through the woods. That night, it was dark and lo and behold, we had never practiced in the dark...whoops. One boy refused to go and little by little, we all realized that those woods were CREEPY in the dark. Our haunted walk had scared US. We had to spur of the moment move our haunted walk through the woods to the front yard--the big, open, front yard. Super scary--yep. :) Anyway, the best part may be that my costume was a penguin. Not so scary. It was a truly great time!

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  120. I follow you on twitter. betsypk12

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  121. Hi-
    First off, I love the blog, and congratulations on the bun in the oven!! Great news. Megan suggested your blog to me, after I emailed her relating to the story she told about moving over here. I just moved over from Vancouver to do my MA in London (was moving over for a relationship...that fizzled before I left, but I came anyways). Anyways that's the back story. I've been keeping a blog also, but I'm on about 50 something posts in.

    Now for the contest-
    My favourite Halloween memory would have to be dressing up as a twister board complete with spinners (picture giant white painting suits from Home Depot decorated with the twister dots). That costume got a lot of attention, but we had to be careful when creating the suits where we placed the dots to avoid the unwanted gropes!!! I agree, Halloween is awesome. I think the British take it all a little too seriously over here. I just heard in class the other night that schools don't acknowledge the day because it is apparently linked to cults!!?? What!!???

    Anyways keep up the great work on the blog. I will keep reading and following along on Instagram. Mine is www.beyondtheblueumbrella.blogspot.ca if you're up for some reading, but I'm not quite out of the blogging closet yet!!! I bet it's just my mom reading regularly!!

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  122. My favorite Halloween memory were the times that my grandmother made my costumes! The Road Runner was my favorite, and definitely a hit during our elementary school Halloween parade and that evening! :)

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  123. My favorite Halloween memory is when I was 7 and my mom made my sister and I homemade costumes. My sister was a Christmas tree and I was a present. I had this giant box as my outfit and a huge bow on my head. But! My mom forgot to account for putting my arms down so they stuck out the sides of the box and my sister had to hit my hands every few houses to keep them from falling asleep!

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  124. I didn't have a costume one year, but wanted to go trick or treating. My handy little 10? year old self wrapped myself in one of my mom's scarves for a head scarves and cut out earrings from something like post its (no pierced ears!) Of course I was a kid so people would give me candy anyway. ahh it was fun!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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      xoxo,
      Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    2. FInally, yep I'm a Facebook fan and need to start liking and commenting more there!

      xoxo,
      Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  125. Lately I've been reminiscing so much about going as Pippi Longstocking when I was 7 I've decided to go as her again 20 years later :)

    --em

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  126. One of my favorite memories of Halloween was when i was about 9. I went as something pretty generic like a witch, but the girl i went with dressed up like Nancy Sinatra and would sing "These boots were made for walking" at every house! I didn't get it back then but now I think it's hilarious!

    Love your blog, by the way

    I follow on Twitter (@ascheps), Instagram (@scheppielou) and on facebook (Allison Schepman). I obviously love you!

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  127. Hmm...I think my favorite memory from Halloween would be meeting my now husband at a Halloween party in college. Silly and cheesy, I know, but it really is my favorite memory now. I honestly was never a big fan of the holiday but now, now I love it :)

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  128. annnnnd on Instagram! (man kinda feel like a creeeper)

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  129. Fave memory...my parents searching all our candy for "needles"... and a small amount of it being "gone" ha! Thieves!!

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  130. I was born on Halloween and was firmly convinced that all the hoopla was just. for. me growing up!

    But my very favorite memory are the homemade birthday cakes my mother made me -- chocolate round layer cake, white icing, with an orange scallop icing trim carefully applied around the round edges. Little plastic pumpkin, scarecrow and black cat picks poked on top.

    Watching them made on our kitchen counter, I would have butterflies in my stomach -- they were the most beautiful cakes I'd ever seen because they were made especially for me :)

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  131. A blog follower & also following on Twitter!

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  132. My favorite Halloween memories are are when my mom wore the best pumpkin outfit ever when she was pregnant with both my sister and I, I wore it one year, my sister wore it one year, and now my 2year old niece is wearing it this year! I love that this has been in our family and all of us has worn it. -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

    Also following on blogger

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  133. I remember the first time my mom made my poodle skirt. It was my favorite costume ever and i would wear it year around after that for dress up. I had her make me another one when I was in HS for volunteer Halloween parties and I now have one as an adult...apparently I just can't shake it. I love following your blog.
    Katie k.m.wheeler85@gmail.com

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  134. I also follow you on instagram. I love to see your travels!

    Katie k.m.wheeler85@gmail.com

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  135. A few years ago I was a bee (using an old gold-ish prom dress from high school!) and my BF went as the Skipper from Gilligan's Island. EVERYONE recognized him, it was so fun. :)

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  136. Also follow on Twitter (@cynthiam1976)

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  137. My fondest Halloween memories stem from my elementary school years. I attended a tiny school with only 30 students located on a small island in the San Juan's of Washington state. Every year at our school Halloween party we'd have a cake walk, haunted house, booths with games, and a fortune teller. It was always a blast and a highlight of Autumn.

    Vanessa
    HissAndTell@gmail.com
    www.entrenous.typepad.com

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  138. I follow you on Twitter.

    Vanessa
    HissAndTell@gmail.com
    www.entrenous.typepad.com

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  139. I "like" you on Facebook.

    Vanessa
    HissAndTell@gmail.com
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