In the Trenches with Paul Arnold

Oct. 31, 2002

He's been a running back, a return man, and a wide receiver. He's popped upas a youth counselor, an intern in local business offices, and a reporterfor Fox Sports Northwest's 'On Campus with the Huskies.' Since he's worn somany different hats over the years, figured that senior PaulArnold would be the perfect candidate for this very special Halloweenedition of 'In the Trenches.' Our own very special Steve 'Psycho' Hitchcocknailed Paul down this week to probe his opinions on the spookiest ofholidays. So, Halloween is here! Any big plans?
Paul Arnold: 'I still haven't decided if I'm going to gotrick-or-treating yet. I think I just might go ahead and dress up, hand outcandy to kids, and try to scare a couple of them. I'll probably go over tomy nephew's house, because there are a lot of kids in that neighborhood.'

GH: Last time we talked, you said you liked Disney movies. Have yougiven any thought to dressing up like Simba from 'The Lion King' orsomething?
Arnold: 'I'm not sure. I just recently watched 'Monsters, Inc.' Imight try to dress up like one of those guys from that movie. We'll justhave to see.'

GH: As a kid, what was your favorite Halloween?
Arnold: 'Let's see... I had this Freddy Krueger mask. I went by acouple of houses and they had the candy on their porches that said, 'Takeone.' I was one of the first kids there, so I was able to clean out thecandy supply.'

GH: What is the best kind of candy one can get as atrick-or-treater?
Arnold: 'I've got to go with Starbursts, or something like that. Youcan put them in your pocket and they don't really melt, so you can eat themwhenever. They're kind of easy, when you're a kid, to pop in your mouth whenyou're in class and not be noticed when you're not supposed to be eating.'

GH: Are you afraid of black cats?
'I'm not afraid of them, but I don't bother them either. I try not to crosstheir paths.'

GH: So you're superstitious?
Arnold: 'I guess I am, given the whole black cat thing. I'm a littlemore on my toes on Friday the 13th, little things like that. I'm also nottrying to break any mirrors and get seven years of bad luck.'

GH: How do you feel about pumpkins, and more precisely, pumpkinpie?
Arnold: 'Pumpkin pie is not bad, but I'd rather have a piece of sweetpotato pie, myself. I remember as a kid roasting pumpkin seeds; now that'snot bad.'

GH So you don't mind digging through the pumpkin guts for seeds andstuff?
Arnold: 'Nah, it's cool, especially if I'm doing it with some kids,like my nephew or little niece. It's fun to do it because I enjoy beingaround kids, but I don't see myself doing it at home by myself.'

GH: No? You, Reggie, and E.T. aren't going to sit around and carvepumpkins together?
Arnold: 'No, it would probably end up in less carving and a lot morethrowing stuff at each other.' correspondent Steve Hitchcock contributed to thisreport.

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