Last night the kids and I had the quite the time Trick or Treating through our spooky neighborhood. The weather was unseasonably warm and there was a full moon which added to the mass of kids enjoying one of the funniest, strangest holidays of the year.
I’ve always loved Halloween and have so many wonderful memories of the Halloweens of my youth spent with my brother and sister. We would literally bring an empty pillowcase and walk for hours or at least that is what it felt like. In the eyes of a child, Halloween was an exciting, magical time of year surrounded solely on having fun. Dressing up in cool costumes, ringing the door bell in anticipation and even getting a few scares by some of our crazy neighbors was all part of the game.
As I got older, Halloween wasn’t as fun until I had children of my own and got to see the same excitement, anticipation and fun that I felt as a child. In a way, spending Halloween trick or treating with my children brought back a little bit of the child in myself. 🙂
Here are some highlights of our night….Hope you all enjoyed a fun Halloween!
The day was off to a wild start as it was “Orange Day” at school. The kids couldn’t wear their costumes or celebrate Halloween (we had to be politically correct unfortunately meaning no celebration of “holidays”) but the children were still alive in excitement and anticipation for the day’s events.
I helped in my son’s afternoon Orange Day party where we made pumpkins and played games. By far the favorite activity was stuffing the “dead” hand with popcorn and candy. Pretty creepy looking indeed!
My daughter’s Kindergarten class had more “cute” Halloween activities such as pin the broom on the witch and design your own pumpkin which was my station.
By the time 3:30 rolled around, the school was wild. The kids raced out the door and wanted to get home as soon as possible to start the festivities. First it was time to get costumes on.
Finally, Dad got home to man the door and candy giving. It was my turn to go around the neighborhood Trick or Treating with the kids. I could hardly wait!
The houses were all decorated with cool, creepy pumpkins. Some people made bonfires and sat out front to deliver their candy. Other people had ghoulish sounds playing and creepy steam spraying. It brought back so many memories of long ago. Some things never change!
I snapped some photos of my favorite pumpkins…
Then we made the mistake of going in the neighborhood Haunted House. It was the fifth annual year and there was so much hype about it. In a whim decision, I agreed that we could go in thinking that it must be for children, right?
The further we got inside, the creepier it got. It was a little too odd for my taste and I was just hoping that my kids weren’t too afraid or else we would be up all night trying to get them to bed.
We continued on to a few more blocks as the weather was great and I was loving seeing all the pumpkins alive at night. The smell of smoke fire rose through the air and the moonlight sidewalks guided our way.
By 8:30 the kids were beat. It was time to go home and start winding them down. Meanwhile the doorbell kept ringing and ringing as the older kids started to come out. We had to have a least a hundred trick or treaters before we turned off all the lights.
It took another two hours to get my son to bed still scared from the haunted house. Better luck next year, I guess!