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A BLAST FROM HOLIDAYS PAST Happy Halloween!
A few days ago, I was going through my files, looking for some homeowners association documents when I came across an old photograph that immediately put me in the mood for Halloween. In it were four people dressed up as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles having a great time at the Royal Palm Scare, the Halloween block party Dellutri Law Group used to host every year. The party got its name from the street our firm is located on: Royal Palm Square. Each October, we’d enlist all the businesses on the street to join the fun. They’d put up tents, give away candy to kids, and promote their businesses to parents tagging along with their little ghouls, ghosts, and demons. The particular party where that photograph was taken was one of my favorites, because it became the setting for a great story. It all started when one of the Ninja Turtles, our process server Brandon, got a call in the middle of the festivities. As soon as he hung up, he approached me in the crowd and told me, “Carmen, I found a guy I’ve been looking for! He’s at a restaurant in Cape Coral. Would you mind if I go over the bridge, serve him, and come back to the party?” I told him I wouldn’t mind at all, and he took off — without removing his outfit. In fact, he crossed the bridge, went into the restaurant, and served the guy in full Ninja Turtle attire! When Brandon got back, he was laughing like crazy. He dove right back into the fun and started taking pictures with kids and the rest of the turtles, including the snapshot I found. Though we don’t host the Royal Palm
Scare any more, our office still gets into the Halloween spirit. The team decorates their desks and brings in candy just in case we have any midday trick-or-treaters, but those are rare in our building. What I’m looking forward to most this year is trick-or-treating with my wife and our almost 2-year-old granddaughter. I don’t know what her costume will be yet, but it better be something simple as the houses in our neighborhood are far apart, and she has short little legs, so we’re planning to drive house to house in a golf cart. That way, she won’t get too tired. We’ll also continue our tradition of going to the neighborhood where one of Dellutri Law Group’s other attorneys lives, which always fills up with a massive amount of kids. It’s a great neighborhood, and people there go crazy with their Halloween treats and decorations. Every homeowner goes out to the end of their driveway to meet the trick-or-treaters, and I can’t even tell you how many bags of candy they go through — our kids always left with more than they could eat. I’m not sure whether Marjorie and I will dress up this year, but in the past, we’ve been Fred and Wilma Flintstone, Prince Charming and Cinderella, and the Queen of Hearts and a playing card from “Alice in Wonderland.” Wearing costumes is actually nothing new for me because back in college, I used to work at a nightclub called the Ocean Club, and once a week, we all had to dress up for an event called “Funetti Night.” I picked out a court jester costume, complete with a belled hat and colorful leggings. It cost me $150,
and it was totally worth it! I don’t know where that costume went, but I wish I still had it. Really, I’ve always enjoyed Halloween because it’s the one night a year when kids can let loose and be whatever they want to be, whether that’s a Disney princess or a miniature zombie. I’ll never forget my son, Nicholas, busting out in dance moves to Usher’s “Yeah” when he was 8 years old dressed up as Luigi from “Super Mario.” It was so hilarious that I took a video, and the little guy got a lot of likes on Facebook. I hope everyone has the chance to make holiday memories like that with their kids. If you haven’t yet, this coming Halloween is your chance. Do yourself a favor and don’t miss it.
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