Halloween is a week away and country stars are remembering the Halloweens of their childhood and sharing what they are looking forward to this year. For Dierks Bentley, Halloween was another holiday he could use as an excuse to get his hands on explosives.
“When I was a kid, I was all into fireworks,” Dierks said. “Growing up in Arizona, we couldn’t get ‘em, so we’d have ‘em shipped in illegally. I still remember the name of the guy we’d call. His name was Joe, and he’d bring in, ship ‘em in a package with no writing on ‘em. We were all about M-80s in the mailboxes and bottle rocket wars. To me, as a kid, Halloween was fireworks, was blowing up stuff around home.”
Halloween is a little tamer for Dierks these days. As the father of two young girls, Dierks is letting his older daughter, Evie, call the Halloween shots, including what mom and dad are going to dress up as.
“Evie’s got her Halloween costume picked out,” he said. “She’s decided what everyone’s gonna be this year in our family. So, she’s gonna be The Little Mermaid, and then her younger sister’s gonna be a crab. I think his name is Sebastian. I don’t know The Little Mermaid that well, but she’s decided Jordan’s gonna be the crab. And she wants me to be Swiper, who’s a character from a TV show called Dora, The Explorer. I think she has Cassie going as Dora.”
Alan Jackson used to take his daughters trick-or-treating when they were younger. There was one costume his wife dressed the girls in that he was less than fond of, however.
“I remember some, when they were infants, they had like these little, they looked like a little pea pod, you know, or something,” he said. “It’s like a little green pea or something. And I thought man, that’s awful. But Denise liked it, and I guess it was cute, but…”
Eric Church’s favorite costume wasn’t from his childhood. As a college student, Eric and some of his friends headed to a Halloween party at the University of North Carolina and didn’t realize until they were nearly there that they needed costumes. In a pinch, they ended up as characters from a famous street.
“We stopped at a costume place in Greensboro, North Carolina, and it’s Halloween, so there’s a run on everything and couldn’t find anything,” he said. “We end up finding this hole-in-the-wall place, but they had the full costume Sesame Street outfits. The real deal. The real ones [with] feathers and fur. We were Elmo, Cookie Monster, and I was Big Bird, and Big Bird was the actual Big Bird.”
Luke Bryan is looking forward to taking his boys, Bo and Tatum, trick-or-treating. Luke is planning to use the bounty of sweets to learn about his neighbors and shared what candy makes a good neighbor.
“We’re looking forward to trick-or-treating, and doing it in our neighborhood,” he said. “You can find out a lot about your neighbors by what kind of candy they put out. So, well, like full bars of Snickers and Reese’s cups, [but] the old chocolate popcorn ball of stuff, that’s no good either, like Dots – you get Dots one time of year and they pull your teeth.”
Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood remembers being a die – one half of a pair of dice – for Halloween one year. The homemade costume proved to be a little bit of a safety hazard, however.
“I had a big cardboard box that I had painted white and had the polka dots and stuff,” he said. “And I remember I was walking up this hill to go to this hill and literally fell back down the entire hill, rolling in this giant cardboard box that I couldn’t do anything about, because I rolled down about 50-feet.”
For more Halloween memories from your favorite country stars, check out the video clips in our Halloween Gone Country section. And if you haven’t carved your pumpkins yet, print out one of our pumpkin carving templates of stars like Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood!