These are five of the grandkids from a few years ago. I don’t have any pictures of me and my brothers dressed up for Halloween from my childhood.


By Author Donna Jean McDunn

Happy Halloween!

Everywhere you go today you will see and hear those words “Happy Halloween”, but isn’t Halloween supposed to be scary? I always thought so when I was young, even though I never felt afraid. Excited, yes, maybe a little worried I wouldn’t find the right costume or get a lot of candy, but never scared.

My mom always took my brother, Jerry and me trick or treating. She’d find a block of houses with the lights on and let us out on the corner and watch us as we moved from place to place. Then she would drive down the street real slow, so she could keep us in sight, not that we were ever in any danger in our small town, but my mom was paranoid that way. I didn’t understand it then, not until after I had my own kids.

Do you remember the year you stopped going trick or treating? I do. I was twelve and would be turning thirteen in less than a month. My older brother had stopped going a few years before me, but I had my little brother. He was seven years younger and by the time Jerry decided he was too old to go, Mike or Mikey, as I called him back then, was just getting into it.

Mikey was five when I decided I was too old to dress up and ask for candy, but someone had to go with him and Mom had to drive the car, which left me as his chaperon.  I didn’t mind because at most of those doors, the host would almost always hand me some candy too, which helped to ease the pain a little.

Last Year at my daughter Jamie’s Halloween party. Not a great picture, but it’s the only one I had.

When the teenage years finally came, I had a lot less desire to spend time with my little brother. The year I was fourteen, the holiday fell on a Saturday and spending time with friends became my priority. The temperature had made it into the mid eighties that afternoon, a rare occurrence in the Midwest on Halloween, and it was a very mild evening.

My best friend, Linda and I spent the early part of that night walking around town admiring all the Halloween decorations. Completely by accident (I swear, because my mom would not have approved and she must never know.) we ran into Pat, Linda’s next-door neighbor and his friend, Eddie both boys we went to school with. We ended up sitting in the cemetery telling scary urban legends about ghosts and murder. It was the best time ever, but it had to end by 9:45 so I could meet my mom at Linda’s house at 10:00.

Every Halloween I think about that night. I’m not sure why, but it could have something to do with the fact I started dating one of those boys during the end of my senior year and a year later we were married. We have spent a lot of Halloweens together ever since, but few have ever topped that first one.

What’s Halloween without some Jack-o-lanterns?

It’s been said that writing is a lonely business and that’s true, but if we writers and readers continue to support one another, then we are no longer alone.

As always, I love comments and appreciate your opinions or questions. If you leave your blog or website address, I’ll visit and comment. If you’d rather be found on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, I will like, be friends, follow, or Tweet.

November 19, 2012 is the date Mystery Times Nine 2012 will be released for sale on Amazon. The anthology includes my story Trapped and eight other stories of mystery. It can be preordered now. Here’s the link.

I can be found at Twitter as Donna Jean McDunn @02dmcdunn

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6 responses to “TRICK OR TREAT

  1. Donna,

    What a great story!. We never got to go trick or treating as kids, only once in my life and we didn’t have costumes – not by today’s standards. Sitting in the graveyard telling stories sounds fabulous. Read my Halloween memories at


  2. Great post 😉 We never had Trick or Treat when we were kids – but it’s been enjoyable reading all the Halloween posts this week 😀

    • Hi Dianne, It’s good to see you here thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I’ve read several blogs yesterday about Halloween too. Some were pretty funny. I never know what to write about on the blog until I start writing and since Halloween was on everyone’s minds, including mine. I ended up writing this.

  3. Hey Donna,

    What a great story!

    I didn’t know you met Pat on Halloween.

    I love the pictures.

    • Hi Ann, it’s good to hear from you. The first time I met Pat was the first day of the 7th grade. I was in 9th grade when this Halloween happened. Linda and I “met” him and Eddie by accident, but we had been going to school with them for over 2 years and Pat was Linda’s neighbor and for a while they were an item. We didn’t start dating until we were almost ready to graduate in 1969. We were married in July 1970. Strange how things work out.

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