Halloween is just around the corner and my kids are excited! We moved from a neighborhood with a few trick-or-treaters to a very family friendly area where (we hear from neighbors) we have lots of kids. I have to admit that my lack of Halloween decorations is a little embarrassing but I am doing a little more each year :)
I enjoy getting the kids dressed up and going out trick-or-treating. It's an easy way for me to relive being a kid! I have funny memories of celebrating Halloween when I was growing up. First, my mom made it a point to never spend too much money on the day. She always said that Halloween was once a year and costumes were too expensive, so my brother and sisters and I learned early on to come up with our own homemade costumes on most years. My younger sister was a witch on many many occasions because it was such an easy costume to make. Often the youngest kid’s face was transformed into a cute lion or bunny face with an application of my mom’s makeup. Case in point - see picture below - I am not sure what my younger brother and sister were supposed to be this Halloween!
I remember that the dicey Chicago weather at the end of October somehow always played a factor in our trick-or-treating efforts. It seemed that it was always cold or raining. Then there were the teenagers that went out later in the evening and egged the whole neighborhood (including trick-or-treaters) that were out too late.
The most prominent Halloween memory? It’s a tie….I must have been 4 or 5 years olds when my mom made my sister and I masks out of a cardboard box (from the new bathroom carpet set)! It was cold that day, so my mom and dad made my sister and I get into the car and they told us to roar loudly out of the window! That still makes me laugh, what were they thinking?! And then there was the time that one of our family friends invited us to go trick-or-treating in a Chicago suburb. That was exciting because we didn’t really know anyone who lived outside the inner city, so to go to the suburbs was a big deal. I was more excited about being in the suburbs than the trick-or-treating, but the large amount of candy was nice too!
The best part of Halloween as a kid was that my parents always let us fill up on the candy! The day was always exciting, no matter how budget friendly our costumes were or how bad the weather may have been. Hope that you have a fun day too! Secretly, the REAL reason I am excited about Halloween is because the day after my mind can shift to planning Christmas! This week I had to fight the urge to head over to the Holiday aisles that were starting to be stocked and stick to looking through the dwindling Halloween aisles!