Day 39 – Is Halloween Really Happy?
The last couple years of Halloween have been kind of strange. My kids don’t trick or treat anymore. And like other things that come to an end, it always feels weird not to race around finding them a costume (and usually at the very last minute as I did not win the best mother of the year award when it came to organizing costumes!).
And we didn’t carve out the pumpkins last year. Just stuck them outside on the stairs. I at least put out our one door decoration (affectionately known as witchie-poo).
We have almost become one of those houses where we turn off the lights and pretend we aren’t home. I said almost! I could never not hand out candy to the 6 kids who traipse up our stairs each year.
I just can’t believe that I am at that stage in life where Halloween isn’t the best holiday next to Christmas for the kids. I still vividly remember every costume I wore as a kid and going trick or treating. And trying to go out even when you were too old but you used your younger brother as your excuse for going out. When chocolate bars were big and it wasn’t a good night until you filled a pillow case.
And I loved watching my kids dress up for Halloween, even when I was panicking about what they could wear.
The concept of Halloween is such a strange one. It has pretty much everything that could possibly go wrong all wrapped up in to one holiday – talking to strangers, taking food from strangers, dark nights, ghosts and goblins, fireworks being set off by dads who have had one too many beer after work, costumes and masks concealing identity. I mean really, what could possibly go wrong with such a holiday.
But yet we still embrace all that is Halloween and it’s quirky traditions. And we miss it when the trick or treating ends.
Thank goodness I still buy enough candy for those imaginary flocks of kids that are going to surprise me this year, because without it I would have nothing to enjoy about Halloween anymore. Leftovers are a good thing!Share this post!