October 31st, 2008
07:55 PM ET

Robin Meade: a Clown, a Blues Brother, and Glenda the Good Witch

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Editor's Note: Happy Halloween! We asked some of our favorite CNN personalities to share with us their Halloween memories. We asked them a few 'Trick or Treat' questions.... here's what they had to say:

Robin Meade | BIO
Anchor, Headline News'
"Morning Express with Robin Meade"

Favorite Halloween costume as a kid?

Was this true where you grew up?: Halloween costumes were mostly of the plastic/vinyl kind, where you just slipped into these plastic sheaths that had some cartoon characters body printed on the outside of it... along with the ol' plastic face-front only masks that you couldn't see or breathe out of very well. (Don't forget the rubber band that always broke about halfway through your school costume parade). You had to wear clothes underneath this little plastic jobby, because it was never meant to be worn alone, (it's the equivalent in thickness of the paper vest the doc gives you now so you don't feel "naked" during your exam) and because it was usually like 17 degrees in Ohio by Halloween.

I didn't grow for a few years in elementary school. So I had to wear the same vinyl/plastic Snow White costume a couple of years in a row. The injustice! Talk about the elementary equivalent of a buzz kill. But the neighborhood candy and ensuing sugar high made up for it, I'm sure.

Favorite scary movie?

The Shining. Those little dead kids who'd be standing in the hallway would freak me out.

Best Halloween memory?

My best Halloween memories are actually from junior high and high school. My tiny hometown of New London has a parade after-dark each Halloween. It's tradition that the school band members march in costume. I was a Majorette. I went as a clown one year, Elwood from the Blues Brothers the next year, and then Glenda the good witch. Good clean fun

Worst Halloween memory?

When it was so cold in Ohio you had to wear a coat over your costume. What fun is a costume if no one sees it?

Favorite Halloween candy?

Root beer bottle pops candy, Pop rocks, smarties.

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  1. Annie Kate

    I hated those costumes – they always tore up – usually soon after putting them on. I made all my kids Halloween costumes until they got of an age to come up with their own with things they already had or could make from stuff around the house. That was more fun – you got to be creative and you got a sugar high afterwards. What a concept!!

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 31, 2008 at 6:58 pm |
  2. Cherisa

    I remember those costumes. I had the same one year after year – the princess with yellow hair. The worst part was the mask; the nose holes were so small you could barely get any air and the elastic always either broke or came out of the staple.

    My mom would always go through my candy before I could eat anything. I wonder whether she was really looking out for me or just picking out her favorites ...

    I miss Halloween the way it used to be.

    October 31, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  3. Presley

    SMARTIES!!!! Gawd I loved those things. And all things Chocolate.
    And yes, I am in Michigan, it isn't Halloween if it isn't raining and freezing.

    Ok, "The Shining", totally awesome and I can only watch in the daylight time.
    My favorite is the original black & white version of "The Haunting".
    "The dead are not quiet in Hill House."

    October 31, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  4. Kristen-University Park, PA

    I do remember those plastic vinyl costumes but my mom growing up always made me wear one of my dance costumes from the recital that year. Now I like to make my own costumes, there are so much more fun. This year I will be a skeleton.

    My favorite memory is of throwing parties back in high school. We always had a haunted house that was a neighborhood attraction, those were the good old days 🙂

    Don't have any bad halloween memories except trick or treating and the neighbors who don't turn their porch light off still don't answer the door. That was annoying.


    October 31, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  5. Cindy

    I remember those vinyl costumes oh so well! You would put them on and they'd be ripped somewhere before the night was over. And of course the band always broke on the mask...which by the way you could never really see out of. By the end of the night you just leave the mask behind and forget about it. The candy was all I cared about! LOL


    October 31, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  6. Susan

    The year Johnny Cash had the hit a Boy Named Sue, I got teased at the school bus stop, as I showed up all the boys would sing screaming, Bill George, anything but SUE! All in good fun of course, but after the dozenth time it got a bit annoying so come Halloween, I dressed up as a boy, with a name tag, saying a Boy named Sue, which got a lot of laughs and they never put me through that morning bus stop humiliation again... so that was my favorite Halloween costume!

    October 31, 2008 at 2:03 pm |