I know a lot of people hate halloween. And there are certain aspects of Halloween that I abhore. I HATE the Spirit Store (but they did have kitty cat ears this year, thank you very much). I’m not a huge fan of the candy, but I realize it’s a great part of it for kids. I, personally, let my kids keep as much candy will fit in a freezer bag and they can keep that til’ Thanksgiving’ish at which point I chuck it. I’m not a big candy mom so it’s exciting for them, and I have decided not to take that away with a visit from the Great Pumpkin.
But, back to Halloween.
I think a lot of my love for it revolves around marching band. I think it’s starting to wind down by the time Halloween comes and I’m finally starting to feel like my marathon of single parenting may be coming to a close. Often, Halloween is the first time I’ve spent actual time with my WHOLE family for a while. It feels good to have fun together.
I go overboard with the family costumes, but I have dreams of my kids sitting around a table some day talking about all our crazy Hallowee costumes. Think that will happen?
I think I just enjoy times that communities can come together, enjoy the kids and the times they share. I like how neighborhoods see each other at Halloween, that doesn’t happen as much with other holidays.
So, while there are many creepy crawling, not so fun aspects of Halloween (I was trying to explain the difference between “spooky” and “scary” to Princess P — to no avail) I think it’s fun to maybe show how brave you are when you enter your neighboors spooky doorway, and know that your mom or dad is just a few steps away.
Thank you Halloween, see you next year. 🙂