I realize it may seem a bit late to do a post on Halloween, however since our Halloween was postponed for 5 days due to a crazy October snowstorm that left many of us without power for 3-4 days, and since I usually post weeks behind anyway, well then this is actually right on time.
Most of our decorations are homemade, or kid-made really. I love pulling them out each year. They grow sweeter to me every year. And doing a few Halloween crafts is something I enjoy with the cherubs.
I have a confession. I’m not a fan of Halloween. It does seem I’m in the minority here. I think it might be my cheapness that makes me feel this way. You can dish out a good chunk of cash on costumes, decorations and candy. Plus, it’s a lot of hassle for just a few hours each year. It’s not like Christmas where really from the day after Thanksgiving and through to New Year’s you can enjoy the whole spirit of the season.
I do admit, there is a brief period of time, beginning right after supper when the kids race to get their costumes on, that I truly enjoy Halloween. They are so excited! This year we had the reaper, a ballerina-princess-fairy, and Luke Skywalker as a jedi knight (apparently the jedi knight part is important for you to know). Amazing how my mums died just with the reaper standing next to them.
I love the way, after leaving each house, how they announce the type of candy they received as if it were the most amazing piece of candy ever. It’s fun meeting with up with the other kids in the neighborhood too. It’s sort of like a big block party in the dark. One neighbor was giving out treats for the grownups too – tiny paper cups of jello.
When we get home they dump out their bulging bags of loot. They stare in awe at the piles of teeth-rotting goodness for a few still seconds before it begins – the rapid tearing of candy wrappings.
It’s a week later now and I still hear the tearing sound of candy wrappers. I’m also still finding wrappers under chairs and behind sofas. I’ve hid the bags in various places around the house. They’re now in the cabinet above the refrigerator and everyone knows about it. I can’t hide them anymore. I will say they’ve been pretty good about the 2 (okay sometimes 3) pieces-a-day rule. I just want it gone. I do not want my kids eating candy every single day.
Aaaaaaand now I’m back to not liking Halloween.