I am sorry to bring this up, but Halloween is special to me for a different kind of reason. 2001 was the first time I had anything to do with Halloween since I was an adult. My kids were about a year and a half old and we decided to dress them in matching bear costumes, put them in the running stroller and walk in the parade.
I will always remember that this was the first time since Sept 11th of that year that I noticed people in the street smiling and laughing. I suddenly realized that everything was going to be OK, that it was again OK to smile and laugh in public.