Halloween Memories…. Back in the Day

I remember when I was a little girl… one year I dressed up as a Casper the ghost. I also recall a Peter Pan, Raggedy Ann., and a witch costume. What make these costumes and Halloween memories extra special was that my mom made my costumes most of the time. I even remember waking up in the morning of Halloween and my mom would place little treats out for me and my siblings.  My school memories of holidays past also hold a special place in my heart. My teachers passed out Halloween pencils and we had always had party. I even remember “Pin the Fangs on the Vampire.” Parents would come to school and we would celebrate with a Halloween parade and fall festival.

I appreciate diversity and respect different beliefs and cultural backgrounds. However, I can’t help feel a little disappointed when October 31st is just a regular school day, especially when a letter gets sent home to remind families that costumes are not allowed on Halloween. I guess I will have to live with my memories to keep me filled with nostalgia.  It just makes me a little sad sometimes…I will continue passing out candy on my doorstep and hand out  “fall pencils” to my students.



Annie Diaz

Annie Diaz

Buckeye, Arizona

I teach fourth grade in the greater west valley of Phoenix. I am not one of those who have known since I was a little girl that I wanted to be a teacher. My parents aren’t in education so I couldn’t follow their footsteps. I don’t even remember many teachers from my childhood. Who inspired me to choose this profession? Well… I have two boys whom I love more than anything in the world. They are students in the 21st century.

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