By Stacie Manger
Manager, Digital Communications
It is one of my favorite times of year. The leaves are changing; the air is crisp; and my favorite holiday is upon us - Halloween. As a child I loved carving pumpkins, decorating the house and planning my costume, as well as changing my mind 100 times. Now that I’m an adult, I enjoy the holiday with my nieces and nephew, and working for the paper industry has given me a better perspective on how often paper products help create wonderful memories with my favorite kiddos.
I never realized growing up that the products I was using to make the front door look spooky or what I hung from the doorway were crucial to making my memories. But now, as I made a bat and a pumpkin out of construction paper, hung crepe paper from the banister and helped cut a paper stencil for pumpkin carving for my nieces and nephew, I have a finer appreciation.
Paper products truly touch every aspect of Halloween. My nieces and nephew came home from school with math and art Halloween themed projects on paper. Confectionery paper lined the Reese’s Cup I shared with my niece. We used construction paper to make all sorts of spooky and ghoulish creatures to hang on the refrigerator. To-go paper coffee cups mixed with googly eyes and pipe cleaners became spiders that hung from the ceiling. Cardboard boxes started morphing into a transformer.
But our few days of fun prepping for Halloween doesn’t scratch the surface of the endless possibilities this holiday presents for paper. Pinterest and various craft blogs are littered with creative craft ideas using paper, paper bags, plates and cups, toilet tissue and cardboard. Buzzfeed has articles about making different cardboard box costumes, making the idea more mainstream. Costumes and crafts are just one aspect though. Halloween parties call for paper plates, cups, napkins and paper towels. Baking delicious scary treats means letting them cool on wax paper. These are the little things I never used to think about because they were always just there.
I’m glad I get to reexperience my favorite holiday through the eyes and excitement of my nieces and nephew. Now I just add in an extra thank you to paper for the memories and art work on my refrigerator.