Life as a Mom

Love Halloween, Hate Scary #happyhalloween #Halloween #allhallowseve #itsagreatpumpkin #charliebrownhalloween

th3XXM2MX7I’ll admit it. I’m one of those people who love the cute part about Halloween.

There’s a “cute” part to Halloween? To All Hallows Eve where, according to the ancient Gaels, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlap and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops? Where ghosts and demons come to haunt little children?

Yes, there is. Or at least, I tell myself there is while watching little children, such as my own, dress up like cute little horses, cows, Disney Princess, or pretty fairies while they trick or treat after watching A Charlie Brown: It’s a Great Pumpkin.

For the record, I’m not one of those people who love scary movies. I actually hate them with a passion. Like, with a P.A.S.S.I.O.N. I change the channel when a commercial for one comes on TV. I refuse to see them in theaters even though the Hubs loves them, and pretty much, if truth be told, if they stopped making them, I’d be over the moon.

So with that in mind, I thought I’d do a list of my favorite “cute” family traditions when it comes to Halloween.

79badb47741c6f843fdeafd63b4c806e“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”

Every year growing up, I always watched, It’s a Great Pumpkin before going out to trick or treat. It was a family tradition that I still hold today with my own kids.

thITRNJ80L“Therefore, it stands to reason, does it not, sisters dear? That we must find the book, brew the potion and suck the lives out of the children of Salem before sunrise. Otherwise it’s curtains. We evaporate! We cease to exist! Dost thou comprehend?”

Another tradition is, of course, watching this epic movie from 1993…(wow, really, 1993 was 22 years ago…great, now I feel old). My oldest daughter hasn’t quite taken to this movie, yet, but I hope as she gets older she will.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs for costumes, my kids have had some pretty cute ones, too: a horse, a cow, several princesses, Daphne from Scooby-Doo, a flower, and this year they have picked fairies. *Picture is oldest daughter, Halloween 2007* 

Watching them run door to door with family and friends always brings back memories of my trick or treating days. The excitement that began days before while planning and preparing my costume, finally dressing up, pillow cases full of candy, running around the neighborhood with my cousins—years of memories that always make me smile.

And, I can’t forget about the treats! While we don’t usually do any kind of a big party, I still love to browse the internet for party-themed treats. It always amazes me what people come up with. I may be able to turn out hundreds of pages in a novel with characters and a story, but take several different food products and come up with something like this? Uh, nope. My imagination train stops at writing.

cache_4085387985Tomorrow kicks off the “Holiday Season”, at least for me. While most only include Christmas and New Years, and maybe throw in Thanksgiving, I lump it all in. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. It’s my favorite time of the year.

I’m so excited I can’t stand it! I think I might even be looking forward to tomorrow more than my kids.

Have a safe and happy Halloween tomorrow. If you are headed out trick or treating with little ones, be safe, have a blast, and make some memories!!

Happy Halloween, everyone!!

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