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Okay, so it’s not Halloween quite yet…I know!  But if you’re not a celebrator of the holiday itself, it’s not a huge deal.  I prefer to think of it as part of the whole fall experience — a specific day to go all out and celebrate fall.  I am not a fan of haunted houses, witches, skeletons, ghosts, or any of the other holiday-specific traditions.  It’s not because I am scared of them, but as a Christian I just can’t say they are in line with my beliefs.  This is just my personal opinion…I think it’s totally fine if you have fun participating in these activities, especially if it’s an opportunity to be outside and enjoy the weather!

With that said, my previous Halloweens have included hayrides, bonfires, and…trick-or-treating with my horses!  Where I live is not conducive (or even possible) for trick-or-treating, unless you want to walk two miles and only visit three or four houses.  My church always had a really nice event when I was growing up called Trunk or Treat, where people would decorate the trunks of their cars with a theme and hand out candy, so I still had the classic experience of dressing up and having some Halloween fun.

Now that I’m older and have horses, though, I’ve changed up the game a little bit.  Last Halloween was the inaugural kick-off of “Equine Trick-or-Treating”, and the plan is to have an exciting second year to continue the tradition.  It’s the exact same concept as human trick-or-treating, except I don’t really dress up my horses (I could, though…hmm).  They have to perform a trick before they get their treat!  Blondie can smile, and Pearl will smile, kneel, bow, do the Spanish walk, count, and climb up on a rock or steps.  I think I’m going to make them Rice Krispie treats this year, but they’d be happy with anything — carrots, apples, marshmallows, safe fruits and vegetables, or special horse cookies and treats.  Yes, they’re a bit spoiled…but they deserve it. 🙂

Stay safe and enjoy the day, whatever your plans include.  (yes, it’s a regularly scheduled day at Fontbonne, but rumor has it there are multiple bowls of candy around campus…..just saying……)  Happy Halloween!

~Anna

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I feel like this year Halloween wasn’t just one day but was a whole weekend. Since I was a little kid I always loved this holiday. What could be better? I got to dress up, stay out later, get way to much candy, and there was no school the next day. Although, I’ve grown out of most of the things that I loved about Halloween, I still love Halloween, for many reasons.

There are so many things that made this weekend great, first the Cards won the world series. I’m not really much of a sports person, but I have to admit that watching game 7 last Friday was a great way to start this Halloween weekend.

No matter how old you get, carving pumpkins never gets old. For the past few years I have been getting together with one of my friends from high school to carve pumpkins together. I have to admit we get pretty into it and try to carve the most interesting designs that we can think of. Although I’m not very artistic, I like to think that I’ve gotten pretty good at this.

One of the things I love about St. Louis is there is usually always something interesting to go to. In October, there are 3 haunted attractions around the city. This weekend I went to ‘Creepyworld’ for the first time. I am a huge fan of horror movies, so I was pretty excited to go. There are three attractions in St. Louis: Creepyworld, The Darkness, and Lemp Brewery. I was only able to go to Creepyworld, but I have to say I was really impressed. There was so much detail put into the set and I even got freaked out at times. I would most defiantly got next year again.

So I guess it’s safe to say this weekend was a great one. I spent time with my family and my friends. I love that the weather is getting colder. I am kind of sad that October is already over but that just means I can start looking forward to Thanksgiving!

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