Life

HALLO WEEN BOO!

As the big night approaches, kids are preparing to be scary, splendid or both

November 3 2003
Life

HALLO WEEN BOO!

As the big night approaches, kids are preparing to be scary, splendid or both

November 3 2003

HALLO WEEN BOO!

Life

As the big night approaches, kids are preparing to be scary, splendid or both

DANIELLE TAYLOR, 10, A GRADE 5 STUDENT AT ÉCOLE HOLY NAME ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN CALGARY

I started trick-or-treating when I was three. Sometimes, it was scary. I remember when I was five, there was this house on my best friend’s street that had a mummy box. When you walked by, it would open up with someone dressed up as a mummy inside. Last year was the first time I got to go out on my own with a friend, which was pretty exciting. I took a walkie-talkie so I could stay in touch with my mom.

‘We put out candles and we

have this scary music we put on’

I like to decorate. My mom and I usually do that together. On Halloween night, we put out candles and scarecrows and we have this scary music we put on. A lot of kids don’t come up to the door; they just stand at the bottom of the step with their bag out.

One of my favorite things is the candy, which I’m not allowed to eat all at once. I love chocolate bars, and last year there was one house that gave out caramel, which was neat. I usually go out for an hour or more to get as much candy as I can. Sometimes, I have to come home to empty out my bag. I like dressing up as a witch because you can do different things with the costume.

ELIZA RICHARDSON, 12, A GRADE 7 STUDENT AT GORSEBROOK JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN HALIFAX

I decided to dress like Queen Elizabeth I because I had read two books about her and liked her, and I wanted to be someone that was different and interesting. I really like the costume with the big collar and puffy dress. I like Halloween because of the candy, obviously. But it’s fun making the costumes even though my mom does most of the work. If you just buy a costume at the store someone else might have it. But it’s fun being in one where people say, “Wow, what a good costume” when you go door to door.

I think this is my best one. But I was a leprechaun last year and that was pretty good. A long time ago I was Little Red Riding Hood, and then one year I was an angel with wings with feathers on them, which was a fun costume. When you’re 16 no one will give you anything. But I’m going to keep disguising myself as younger so I can go out as long as I can.

is inspired by The Lord of the Rings

TIMOTHY THOMPSONNICHOLS, 7, A GRADE 2 STUDENT AT CARNARVON COMMUNITY SCHOOL IN VANCOUVER

I’m a The Lord of the Rings Dark Rider. They ride around on horses and they tell the boss things about the Ring. They’re not really people, they’re air, they’re nothing. They can’t be killed; only if the Ring is destroyed they die. I’ve got two swords, a chain, a belt, a hood, a mask and gloves. Those are tin-foil things on my boots.

I’m going out with my friends on Halloween. One friend is dressing up as Legolas, and another friend is somebody else from Lord of the Rings, Aragom, and another person is a guard, but not from Lord of the Rings. I have the DVD. I’ve watched it about 100 times. li1]