I’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 or Garfield’s Halloween Special.
“I got a rock.”
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.
John: “You guys look ridiculous.” Garfield: “Arr, I’ve killed men fer sayin’ less than that, but I’ll letcha live, seein’ as how yer the only man who’ll change me kitty litter.”
Every year growing up, I always watched both It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Garfield Halloween before going out to trick or treat. It was a family tradition that I still hold today with my own kids.
“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 Hocus Pocus, the epic movie from 1993…(wow, really, 1993 was 26 years ago…great, now I feel old).
And, last, but certainly not least, I love watching my kids Trick or Treat.
There’s something about 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, pillowcases full of candy, running around the neighborhood with my cousins—years of memories that always make me smile.
Halloween, for me, kicks off the “Holiday Season”.
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.
Have a safe and happy Halloween this year. If you are headed out trick or treating with little ones, be safe, have a blast, and make some memories!!
Happy Halloween, everyone!!