The festival of frights is upon us. Tonight, a cavalcade of incognito adults and children take the streets in search of a sugar-fueled bacchanalia.
In honor of October 31, I solicited the Redskins for some of their favorite Halloween stories of costumes, mischief and gluttony.
I did find some highlights, starting with Niles Paul, who had probably the best and the worst Halloween stories of anyone who talked to me.
The sad clown
Paul shares his hometown of Omaha, Neb., with the second-richest man in the world.
As of the last Forbes survey, Warren Buffett is worth $58.5 billion dollars. The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway has a few extra bucks for candy bars.
“We used to go to Warren Buffett’s house because he gave out like whole-size candy bars… king-size Snickers, Twix bars, anything you wanted,” Paul said.
“You could just go to that house that night, and you could get everything you wanted. That was a successful Halloween.”
A billionaire’s generosity made the holiday better, but Paul’s predominant Halloween memory ends in tears.
“My first Halloween, my dad made me be a clown, and I hated it. I hated the costume so much,” Paul said.
“I was crying the whole time because I didn’t want to be a clown. I thought the clown was disgusting. There are pictures of me crying in the clown outfit. That’s what he wanted me to be because he knew I didn’t like clowns.”
Paul’s dad wanted him to face his fears head on. It doesn’t sound like it worked.
This year he’s Django.
A prank gone wrong
Santana Moss’ Halloween story dates back to his days hanging out with wide receiver Reggie Wayne and safeties Ed Reed and Delvin Brown at the University of Miami.
A man on a skateboard rolled by. He didn’t get the joke when Brown jumped in his face.
“It was so funny because one of the guys he scared really wasn’t scared,” Moss said. “He was skateboarding. The guy was coming down and the guy kicked the skateboard off and ran after us with the skateboard.”
Moss mimed holding the skateboard like a baseball bat and laughed at the memory of running away like the cast of Scooby Doo.
He said Brown is now a Miami Beach police officer.
Most of us can recall the unspeakable horror of collecting a pillowcase full of sugary loot only to watch mom, dad or a legal guardian confiscate and ration it.
Backup guard Adam Gettis wasn’t having that.
He said when he was 10, he hid all his candy in a drawer, carefully layered clothes on top and successfully fooled his mom.
“She didn’t know anything about it (laughs), and that candy was gone in three weeks ,” Gettis said.
“Then I got fat. I got really fat. I gained like 20 pounds… I believe the candy did that to me.”
Gettis said he favors Nerds and Dots.
Robert Griffin III said he didn’t do much trick-or-treating in his youth. He went to “Hallelujah night” at Church, but he does remember dressing up as a Ninja Turtle and as Dr. Thomas Oliver a.k.a. the White Ranger of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fame.
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