I was raised in a family that really got into celebrating the holidays.

And I when I say really….I mean REALLY.

Both my mother and father were the type of parents who experienced the holidays through their children, therefore they had a way of making everything extra-special for us so that they could enjoy it through our eyes.

Whether it was Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter or Halloween, our home looked like a window display at New York City’s, Macy’s Department Store.

I can even remember my parents celebrating President George Washington’s birthday by giving each one of us kids a cardboard hatchet that was filled with hard candy cherries, representing when George (as a young boy) chopped down a cherry tree, exclaiming, “I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie. I did cut it with my little hatchet.”

Um….now that I think of it, I bet my parents gave us those little hatchets as a reminder NEVER TO LIE TO THEM.

Very clever they were!

All kidding aside though, I feel so utterly blessed to have the parents I did growing up because whenever I look back, I see my family life as one of great joy and celebration.

I know there are many people who are not into Halloween, but I certainly am.

And the reason being is that it still makes me smile like a kid.

Over the past few weeks, I took my camera around the city and snapped photographs of one of my favorite holidays….Halloween!

Please enjoy…

I few days ago, I got into the elevator of my apartment building and saw this on the floor….

Doesn’t it look almost REAL???

Spiders FREAK me the HELL out.

Have you ever heard a 57-year old man scream like a SISSY MARY?

Well if you haven’t you would, had you been in the elevator with me that night.

Isn’t this hilarious? It’s a witch who obviously had a collision with the side of this building while flying on her broom. She was as flat as a pancake.

I discovered this Dracula bat hanging upside down on the side of a house, located down one of those quaint narrow side streets that Philadelphia is famous for.

A cute pumpkin family above a door entrance.

I LOVE this one! It’s a little mummy ghost I spotted lurking in the ivy.

I give this Halloween display 10 stars for being faaaaaaaaabulous!

While shopping in Super Fresh last week, I spotted these Halloween cakes in the pastry department. I ADORE the Frankenstein!

As most of you know, I believe I was a vampire in one of my past lives. So here is a Halloween creation I made over at PicMonkey