An extraordinary first Halloween on the circus circuit Every day is like Halloween when you're the children of costumed circus performers. Siblings Fritzi and Bobby Huber recount the time that their parents made their first Halloween extraordinary.

For their first Halloween, their parents dressed up as the whole neighborhood

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1049736872/1050379902" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A MARTINEZ, HOST:

Time now for StoryCorps - as kids, Fritzi and Bobby Huber spent nine months out of the year traveling the country with their parents, who were circus performers. While on the road, they lived in a 26-foot-long trailer. And while costumes were part of life in the circus, Fritzi and Bobby had never experienced Halloween until one night when the family stopped in a remote field.

FRITZI HUBER: We pull over, as we normally would at the end of the day. And our parents decided that we should go out trick-or-treating. They gave us two pillowcases. And I put on a cowboy hat.

BOBBY HUBER: I had my favorite bluejean jacket and my cowboy boots.

F HUBER: When they sent us out, we just sort of laughed and went, OK, there's no place to go. It's all farm country. But the trailer had on one end, a front door. And if you went around the other side, there was a back door.

B HUBER: The first thing we did was go around to the back door, when they became like a young couple. Then we went to the front door, and they were like an old couple.

F HUBER: And all night long, our parents became other people. They would take parts of their costume that they wore in the act. She put on some crazy hat and came to the back door with her teeth blacked out.

B HUBER: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

B HUBER: Each one was a different accent.

F HUBER: I think Dad was French when he had the smoking jacket on. And what did they give us?

B HUBER: Everything out of the cabinet - we had some canned food, apples.

F HUBER: I imagine they were in there just asking each other, well, what else do we have to wear? I'm out of food. What's in the refrigerator? I think they were unhappy that they ran out of things to give us. And finally, we get to the back door, and this very old couple tells us our parents are probably worried. You should go home now.

B HUBER: We went back to the front door. And they were just sitting there - went, how was it? What did you get? So we came in and brought these heavy pillow sacks.

F HUBER: (Laughter).

B HUBER: And they started taking things out. And my mom started putting things in the cabinet and going, oh, this is just what we need.

F HUBER: I was going to have to go shopping. Look, the cabinets...

B HUBER: Now I don't (laughter).

F HUBER: ...Are empty.

B HUBER: And that was our first experience of Halloween.

F HUBER: That was a really, really magical experience with our parents.

B HUBER: I loved our growing up, our childhood. We always thought we were wealthy. And we were, in a different way. We were millionaires.

(SOUNDBITE OF BLUE DOT SESSIONS' "VITTORO")

MARTINEZ: That was Bobby and Fritzi Huber. They came to StoryCorps in Wilmington, N.C. Their conversation'll be archived at the Library of Congress.

(SOUNDBITE OF BLUE DOT SESSIONS' "VITTORO")

Copyright © 2021 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.