How My Family Celebrates Halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I like the creepiness of it. I also like that you can dress up and be something different for the night.

We carve pumpkins every year for Halloween. My dad helps me. We usually do this the weekend before Halloween. Sometimes, my mom even makes pumpkin seeds for our pumpkins.

As a kid, I would dress up for Halloween every year. Usually I would dress up as my favorite animal or T.V. character. I liked that. My parents and brother would dress up and go trick-or-treating, until Kaden got “too old.” I don’t think that you can be too old for Halloween. I believe that people of all ages can enjoy Halloween.

Now for Halloween, I sometimes dress up as something scary, such as a zombie. I pass out candy at my aunt and uncle’s house while they take their kids trick-or-treating. I like to see all of the kids dressed up. I also like to see  all of the kids excited for Halloween.

Halloween is a fun holiday for people of all ages. Just throw on a costume and have fun!

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Family Memories

My family likes to spend a lot of time together. My grandparents own a cabin with seven bedrooms and three stories. It is not on the lake, although it is across the lake with lake access. We usually go up there every weekend with my: mom, dad, brother, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. We go on my grandparent’s boat. We like to boat around and find a quite place to anchor the boat. Once there,  we swim.

We also sometimes go to Arnold’s Park at night to race go-karts. While racing go-karts, we usually push each other around and eventually get in trouble for it. We have a lot of fun even though some of the workers don’t like us. That’s what makes it fun.

We like to hang out at the cabin with our neighbors across the street. Lyda, our neighbor, likes to show us cool places in Okoboji. One time she even took us paddle boarding.

We always have a great time in Okoboji. We get brought closer together by hanging out with each other. I really enjoy being with them.

Raise Your Voice- Cancer

I have known quite a few people with cancer. Cancer is never a good thing, and cancer always seems to effect some of the best people. Alexis Burris and Alli Huss are two people that I was close with who have lost their lives while battling cancer.

Alexis was nine years old when she passed away. She had leukemia. She was my mom’s best friend’s daughter. She lived in Des Moines but we visited them a lot and they came here when possible. Alexis was a happy little girl. I was very young when she passed away, but I still remember her through pictures and our stories.

Alli was eighteen years old when she passed away. She had lymphoma. She was in my aunt, Jessica, and brother, Kaden’s, grade. Jessica and Alli were close and let me hang out with them, even though I am younger than them. Kaden and Alli also were close. They went to homecoming together their senior year. Alli and I would work together sometimes at Nettie’s. Alli always made work ten times more fun. She could make anyone laugh or smile when she walked into the room. She always had a positive attitude and never put herself down for having cancer. She loved: her family, friends, basketball, and God.

People with cancer have a hard time speaking up. They have a hard time speaking up because it is hard for them to get the right medicines and treatment from doctors. Some patients have a hard time finding the right hospital because of money reasons. They also can not speak up because some of them may be in unstable conditions and cannot process their thinking. People with cancer always try to keep a positive attitude to keep them going.  This is how people with cancer cannot speak up. Thanks for reading!