You may have noticed I have a thing for costumery. My mother had some meaning sewing skills and a penchant for helping us fulfill our Halloween fantasy. Besides candy you can clearly see that my favorite costume leaned towards the ballerina-princess archetype. Do you remember the store bought Halloween costumes my brothers are donning? I bet they had to beg and barter for my mom to leave her sewing machine and head to the drugstore for those. They probably could bear to be a clown one more year. Those guys also taught me the valuable technique of using a pillowcase for your tick-or-treat haul. As a kid, I took this holiday very seriously at least once I was old enough to understand the significance of candy holidays.