Did you know that I hate Halloween?
Yup...I've always hated it and never understood why people would dress up like idiots, use bad makeup, and spray stuff in their hair (yes, this coming from a Long Island Hair Girl of the 80's...I willingly did all three of those things for years!).
Anyway, I just never got Halloween.
I have a friend that loves it and would threaten me every year that I would be denied access to her party unless I dressed up. So, I'd find some lame costume that would get me access to her party and then bitch about Halloween the entire night long...to my beer. No one else wanted to listen.
Things are a little different now that I have kids. We're creating traditions. We're enjoying things a little bit more because we're seeing them through new eyes.
The Crazies are really starting to get things this year and it's so fun to watch them discover all of the fun parts of Halloween.
So far this weekend they have gone Trick-or-Treating through the gym (awesome daycare as I get through P.T.), painted pumpkins, eating Pumpkin Bread and loved it (it helps that I let them call it Pumpkin Cake), attempted to get their face/hand painted (they were afraid of this for some reason), marched in a Halloween parade, searched for skeletons in a spooky forest, tossed bean bags on a freezing cold night, picked out shapes for a Jack-o-Lantern's face, encouraged Daddy to get those shapes right, picked pumpkin seeds out of pumpkin slime, watched Linus wait patiently for the Great Pumpkin, and eaten more candy than they've ever been allowed to ingest.
They are loving life and I love watching them discover all of the fun things that Halloween has to bring.
Now, who's to say that they're not going to be like me in 20 years? They could hate Halloween and all of the things that people do on this holiday. They might, but they'll still have these traditions that we're bringing into our house to look back upon. Then, hopefully, the cycle will start all over.
Hope you all have a great Halloween, get lots of Trick-or-Treaters, and eat lots of candy...that's what it's all about after all. Oh, and I'm still not dressing up!