By Lauren, age 15, California

It means something different to everyone - for parents, the chance to see the whole family dress up in bee costumes, for older kids, to pass out candy, and for the younger kids, to carry around those orange flashlights and pumpkin baskets. Some go all-out, making a haunted house filled with zombies and screaming ghosts, further adorned with fake cobwebs. You've probably been asked what you'll wear this year, or invited to a Halloween party.

Or you might be dreading the holiday. It could be the seventh year in a row you've won the same sorceress outfit. Or your family might not celebrate Halloween, leaving you to stare out in envy at the brightly lit houses and roaming trick-or-treaters. And since it falls on a Sunday this year, you might not get an extra day off from school.

One of the fondest memories I have of Halloween was a situation that would have been considered dangerous by anyone else. My best friend was a year older than me, and in middle school. She was terrified of the dark, and had a group of friends who had planned to travel together. I was the only one who remembered a flashlight, and the youngest member in the group of five. We ventured out to a different neighborhood, setting off alerts in my mind as I feverishly tried to remember how to get home. Most of the houses were apartments, so we ran up at least twenty flights of stairs in pursuit of sugary-goodness. Sometimes we were so out of breath when we reached the top that we could hardly say "trick or treat!", and instead launched into a fit of giggles. When I returned home at ten o'clock, I had enough candy to last until Easter.

This year I have the same witch costume I wore all those years ago. Whether or not I'll trick or treat this year is yet to be decided. Passing out candy at lightning speeds is a sport of its own, you know ... and who wants to miss the bee families?

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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