My favorite holiday is Halloween. I know that sounds crazy, but one day a year, you say “Trick or Treat” and people give you candy. There is just no better day all year long. 🙂
Now, don’t get me wrong. I am absolutely not into the bloody, gory, scary part of Halloween. The scariest movie I’ve ever seen was Scream, and I couldn’t even handle that. I hated it. But, what’s more fun than carving pumpkins, decorating with all the fall foliage, and candy? Not to mention adorable little children in their cutesy costumes. (For the most part. Some of these costumes nowadays are ridiculous. I saw a Captain Hook costume for a lady that made her look more like “Captain Hooker” than Captain Hook.)
Anyway…. down here, there’s not much to do for Halloween. Sure, each town square puts on their own thing. Kids dress up, get in line, and walk from table to table to get candy. The first year we did that and the kids ended up with about 10 pieces of candy each. Pathetic.
This year, we decided to go to the school’s Fall Festival. Jace was sick, so I took Ashley, Lucy, and Zander along with me. (Zander had been dying for 2 weeks to go. If I hadn’t taken him, he would have never stopped crying!) Zander found an old Peter Pan costume from a few years ago, and Lucy found a Tiger Lily costume that I made for Ashley back when she was in first grade.
When we got to the school, we bought a bunch of tickets to play games. Then, we went around from room to room playing games and earning candy, stickers, tattoos, and little prizes. Zander wanted to participate in the Costume Contest, so I signed him and Lucy both up.
Lucy was in the 3 & 4 year old category, and she ended up taking first place! A $20 prize, and a big bag of candy. She was in heaven! Zander had a lot more kids in his category (K – 2nd grade), and he didn’t place in the competition. But, he had so much fun looking at everyone’s costumes. The girl and boy that won first and third places were both from his class, so he was thrilled for them. The boy that took second was in Kindergarten and was a friend of Jace’s. Zander couldn’t have been happier for any of them. He’s such a great kid!
After the costume contest, that was it. There was just nothing else to do. So, at least the kids got to do something fun for Halloween. I just wish I could load them all in the truck and head back to Ohio for some good old fashioned trick-or-treating this weekend!
How do you celebrate Halloween? Do you go all out, or are you conservative? Are you crafty and make the kids’ costumes, or do you prefer to buy them in the store? I’d love to hear your Halloween stories since mine are seriously lacking this year! 🙂