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Halloween is my favorite holiday, even though I celebrate in a different fashion these days than I did as a kid. I was lucky to have one of those moms who hand-made every Halloween costume, from JoAnn Fabrics patterns or our wild imaginations. My sister and I usually had some grand idea near the end of summer (Rainbow Carebear, Catwoman, Snow White, a penguin, etc.), so the three of us looked through the big pattern books at the store and picked out fabric. I don’t know how my mom, a teacher, found the time to complete two costumes every year, in addition to her school work, but we were always happily outfitted by Oct. 31.

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Pittsburgh weather can be fickle around Halloween, as I remember being a not well-clothed gypsy in 50-degree weather, and a fully-clothed penguin in 75-degree weather. Regardless, a few other things made the holiday fantastic: my birthday is Nov. 2, and since I attended Catholic school, Nov. 1 is a holy day, and therefore a day off. A sick candy-filled tummy could properly recover!

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I always had costume birthday parties with games, treat bags, and cakes that my wild imagination was, of course, a big part of as well. Ever the crafty kid, one year, I made a paper mache pumpkin pinata with newspaper, flour water, and paint, and after many hits with a baseball bat, it refused to break! I think we eventually just took it down and broke it open on the ground. Who knew I was such a good paper macher?!?

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I have tons of Halloween stories to intersperse among my posts in the coming month, but right now, what am I doing to prepare for the holiday? Well, I designed some crochet Halloween buddies for your holiday enjoyment. First off, ghost and candy corn finger puppets, specially designed to fit each finger based on length. I’m working on a kid version, but my hands are pretty small, so it won’t be too different. And then a stuffed smiling candy corn. Both are available for sale in my Etsy Shop and I will probably be selling or listing the patterns here. Trick or treat!