Mercury Halloween Memories


Corey Gaines

Julie Hairgrove

Earl Cureton

Lynetta Kizer

Candice Dupree

Diana Taurasi

DeWanna Bonner

Krystal Thomas

Penny Taylor

Briana Gilbreath

Alexis Hornbuckle

Charde Houston

Dymond Simon

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Corey Gaines

I don't remember having a costume that I loved more than another, but I do remember trying to get as much candy as possible.

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Julie Hairgrove

I remember going as a hillbilly and a grandma, but my go-to costume was a basketball player. My favorite costume was probably the basketball player because my grandfather would bring home my favorite player’s jersey and I would wear that for my costume. My family would always go to my aunt and uncle's house every year. We would order pizza and then all my cousins and I would go trick-or-treating in their neighborhood. It was a family gathering of about 20 of us. One year my brother and I got so much candy we decided to sell it to our friends at school. We made close to $100!

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Earl Cureton

My favorite Halloween costume growing up was the Batman costume. I loved the costume because of its utility belt. Living in Detroit, I was always worried about returning home with all of my candy. There were always a few kids who had their "own way" of trick-or-treating. They waited until the end of the night and snatched candy bags from the traditional trick-or- treaters. I did get my bag snatched one year, but my big brother got it back for me. From that point on, he was my bodyguard every Halloween!

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Lynetta Kizer

My favorite Halloween costume growing up was the Yellow M&M. It was my first Halloween costume so it was a big deal for me. At the time, my infatuation with M&M's made me like it the most. One Halloween, my sister and I went trick-or-treating and we walked up to a door that was well decorated. Of course, when the residents opened their door, there was a skeleton man that jumped out and completely caught my sister and I off guard! I ended up spilling half of my candy because I was scared so bad.

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Candice Dupree

I didn't really have a favorite costume, but I do have a story that sticks out in my mind. I was in college and every year we would have a team Halloween party. It was 2004 and my head coach (Dawn Staley) was the flag-bearer for the U.S. delegation at the summer Olympics. So, for Halloween, I decided I would be her! I had her personal assistant steal her opening ceremonies outfit and I went out and bought a small American flag to wave around. My costume was a hit; needless to say, coach Staley was shocked!

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Diana Taurasi

I remember being a hobo eight years running! I would wear my dad's work clothes and bring my Duck Tales pillow case trick-or-treating.

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DeWanna Bonner

The only thing I can remember is being a vampire! But, I don't really have any funny stories to tell...

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Krystal Thomas

I was obsessed with the Power Rangers when I was younger. I used to wake up at 8:00 a.m. every Saturday morning to watch the newest episode. I had the biggest crush on the White Ranger named Tommy, so for four-years-straight I was the White Ranger for Halloween! When I was really young and didn't like to walk very far, my mom would pull me around in a Radio Flyer Little Red Wagon. She would set it up really nice for me with blankets in it to sit on, drinks and snacks in case I got hungry, and it would have my trick-or-treating bag in it, too. Once I got bigger and my next sister was born, I would pull the wagon and my baby sister would sit in it.

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Penny Taylor

In Australia, Halloween isn't a holiday that we celebrate so I don't have much insight to add. In fact, I'm still not really sure what it's truly about [laughs].

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Briana Gilbreath

My favorite Halloween costume was my "I Dream of Jeannie" costume. The show would come on everyday during Nick at Nite on Nickelodeon and I just had to watch it; it was one of my favorite shows! So, when I saw the costume in the store, I had to have it. The whole night I pretended that I could wiggle my nose and things would happen. There was one year where my sister and I had this great idea of trick-or-treating with rollerblades on so that we could get to more houses and get more candy. I remember there was this house on the corner of my street that I would never go to on Halloween because they always made it look like a haunted house. So this particular year I thought I would just skate up really quick since I had my rollerblades on, get the candy, and skate off. I skate up to the door, ring the doorbell and the door opens on its own and all this mist came out! I was so terrified! I sprinted off without the candy but before I could get out of their yard, my front blade got caught on something and I ate it face first into the sidewalk. Needless to say, I never went back to that house during Halloween.

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Alexis Hornbuckle

When I was growing up, we didn't really celebrate Halloween, so I don't have any favorite costumes or anything. I dressed up a few times in college but thankfully I don't have any pictures [laughs].

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Charde Houston

I use to watch Wizard of Oz and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles every weekend at my father's house. No matter how many times I watched that movie, I was always afraid of the Wicked Witch [laughs]. So I always wanted to be a witch for Halloween. I thought everyone would be afraid of me. I also liked it because my father would always paint my entire face. I always loved our time together. I also loved being Leo, the blue Ninja Turtle. One year, my brother and I had the same costume. It was really cool because back then I didn't understand gender differences. I just remember being happy getting candy and imitating all of Leo's karate moves! Since these were both my favorites, I switched each year while I was in elementary. One funny story is that I would always get questioned during trick-or-treating because I was so tall. My turtle pants wouldn't be long enough for my skinny legs. I didn't care. I wanted to wear it anyway! My father would always have to tell people my age in a stern voice so they'd leave me alone. It always worked out in my favor, because people would feel bad for their comments and give me even more candy.

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Dymond Simon

I remember one Halloween when I was in junior high, two of my friends and I thought it would be a fun idea to dress up like the pop group TLC. I wanted to be Left Eye because not only did I have a baby face, I wanted to wear the black line under my eye because I thought it was cool at the time. We had the huge jean shorts and suspenders with the crazy glasses and hats; it was a fun time. While we were out, we even got to perform the song "What About Your Friends" in front of a group of people, so we were the center of attention for a bit that evening. We even got extra candy so that was a bonus.

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