The Water Cooler – Halloween Costumes & Memories

October 26, 2021 12:00 pm · 15 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

It’s almost Halloween, and today, we have a few questions….

  1. What are you or your kids dressing up as for Halloween? (if you have kids)
  2. What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever seen?
  3. What is your best memory of Halloween?

Feel free to answer one, two or all three of the questions.

Talk about it….

Dawg October 26, 2021 at 12:37 PM

My friends and I never wore store bought costumes, we usually made them out of what we had at home. My favorites were dressing up as a pirate, or a hobo. Some Halloweens I wore a mask, but that was the only store bought item I used. One of my fondest memories of Halloween was when a lady was giving out Hershey bars, not the small bite size, but a full-size Hershey bar. We’d exchange costumes with each other and mixed them up so we’d appear to be different kids, and go back to her house for more Hershey bars. We did that about four or five times.
Being a kid back then was a fun experience, there wasn’t much crime to worry about, so we were able to wander around trick or treating all over the neighborhood without adult supervision.

Randy October 26, 2021 at 7:42 PM

+1 those were the fun days 🙂

Bella October 26, 2021 at 12:43 PM

Three best memories. When my mom would drive us kids back in the day to see her and dad’s friends who lived about a mile away. Then it all in the country, not city limits. Second was taking our little ones, my best friend who lived around the corner and all the kids loved the guy who had his popcorn maker out. Thirdly is the craziest one, but fun to mention. My husband decided not to go, my friend and I went to a party, and she told to dress as Elvira minus the snake. Not kidding, as my friend said, hey you have the features, etc… I pulled it off and we didn’t stay long. I was 35. Oh my goodness.

hanne jeppsen October 26, 2021 at 1:23 PM

Growing up in Denmark, we did not have halloween, we had something similar in February, now Denmark and I suppose other European countries are celebrating Halloween. Tivoli Garden after the summer amusements are closed down get all decorating for halloween and later a Christmas Market.
My favorite Halloween was the Scandinavian Club’s Halloween Party, it was held at the the Swedish American Hall on Market and 15th street, needless to say some party goers were not member’s, but didn’t have any problems, violence etc. For 4 years I was Master of Ceremonies, meaning I was in charge of putting it all together, it was stressful, but fun and of course all committee members pitched in. We often had between 200-300 people. Some of my costumes Master of Ceremonies, i.e. as from Caberet, a cat, a biker chick, and one I will not mention, since I don’t want to deal with the nasty comments that are sure to follow. When my daughter was growing up and we lived in Foster City, the City had an area with safe streets where most of Foster City kids went with their kids, local merchant had decorated the garage and handed out candy, some garages were quite scary and there were one were a ghost or something jumped out of a coffin, it really scared my daughter when she was about 5-6 years old and for the next few years we had to walk around it.

Bob October 26, 2021 at 1:44 PM

I’m old enough to remember when trick or treating occurred after dark, before the BS extension of DST.

Antler October 26, 2021 at 2:39 PM

Even as a small child, I hated “dressing up ugly” and going out trick or treating. So when I finally TOLD my parents how I felt (maybe at about 5 years old), I was allowed to make my own costume to wear when I answered knocks at our front door and passed a plate of small homemade fudge squares.

I made a crown out of twisted aluminum foil, used the egg-white whisker as a scepter, put on my Sunday School shoes, and fastened my parents’ baby-blue satin, goose down comforter with Mother’s finest cameo brooch at my neck so as to create a stand-up collar atop my tah-dah princess robe.

Future Catlady October 26, 2021 at 2:52 PM

One of my favorite memories of trick-or-treating happened when my youngest was about 6. We went to a house down the street and the family answered saying “we are done for the night” . They poured what was left of their bowl of candy bars into my son’s bag. The look on his face was priceless 🙂

DD October 26, 2021 at 3:26 PM

In the 60’s I dressed up as The Cisco Kid. I guess now it would be called cultural appropriation and frowned upon.

Antonius October 26, 2021 at 3:38 PM

In 1956 me, my brother and our neighbor’s kids won a local contest for best costumes as the three little pigs & the big bad wolf. All costumes made by Moms. Times have changed !😯

KSM October 26, 2021 at 6:13 PM

Best costume was the one I made for my son. He wanted to be the green power ranger and the only power ranger costumers were the blue and red. So I got the pattern made the costume it had a gold shield I made out of gold lame material then I quoted it. I was so stressed I wasn’t going to finish it but did. Needless to say he was proud of that costume especially the shield.

The Fearless Spectator October 26, 2021 at 9:29 PM

1-Empty nesters
2-Best costume was a giant Bong when I lived in the dorms at college.
3-best memory: carving pumpkins with a chainsaw.

reekorizzo October 27, 2021 at 12:51 AM

I grew up in San Francisco, so because of all the crazies there when we went trick or treating we would go to my grandmother’s house and then her neighbor and that’s it. Halloween was never a big deal for me. So, fast forward to 1995 when my daughter was 3, we dressed her up as a little ballerina and by that time my mom had moved to Antioch and there were TONS of people out trick-or-treating and I had my kid and I was running from house to house getting candy…..she literally got about 20 times more candy than I got at that age

nytemuvr October 27, 2021 at 1:43 AM

My best costume I’ve adopted the last few years has been putting on my bib overalls and straw hat. I stand in my driveway with my hay fork to yell at the little bast…er, kids to stay off my lawn. Scariest thing the kids and their parents see all night.

hanne jeppsen October 27, 2021 at 1:57 AM

1994-95 a few years before and some after where when we had those great parties with the Scandinavian Club on upper Market Street, best parties ever.

nytemuvr October 27, 2021 at 8:56 AM

One of the best costumes I saw for the first time was in the early 80s at a biker Halloween party at the Pocahontas Hall in Oakley. A very pregnant gal was dressed as a basketball player, she had cut a hole in her jersey so that her large belly stuck through and had it painted orange like a basketball. I’ve seen that a couple of times over the years, she won best costume that night. I don’t remember much of the rest of the night.

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