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Halloween Fun

Halloween is my favorite night of the year. About 15 years ago I started doing a Halloween day radio show on WMME – Moose Radio in Augusta Maine. I am on the air from 6:30am – 9:00am doing trivia and music and conversation. At some point I casually mentioned that I give out the king or giant size bars, the stuff I would want if I was a child. That lead to a year or two of talking about it.

Then, Ryan called in and said Mr. Geiger is cool and he lives at xxxxx. So, the word got out where to go for the “Big Stuff”. So, we created a “secret password”. Those who know the password get 3 giant bars and can select from among 18 varieties. Fast forward to October 31st, 2009, and I tied the password into the naming of a new elementary school in Lewiston after my Dad – our 6th editor. So, those who knew Raymond Aloysius Geiger Elementary School got 3 bars and if you could spell Aloysius, you got even more.

This year it was warm and wet during the evening but we managed to see 376 children and gave away 1316 candy bars. The costumes were incredible and I really enjoy the interaction between parents and kids who come to my house. We also turn my garage into a haunted house.

Each holiday is special in some way or another. I hope your Halloween was both safe and fun filled.

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