Happy Halloween ladies!
I like Halloween. We were never really allowed to celebrate it growing up, not unless our church or my Lutheran School was putting on a Harvest Party any way. I think I was 10 the first time I was allowed to dress up (as a princess in my sis’s old prom dress) and fill a pillowcase full of enough chocolate to ensure a sugar hangover. Having never experienced trick-or-treating, I’m having a great time living vicariously through my kids! Our oldest is too cool to trick-or-treat with her parents (actually not really, but she was invited to go with some friends, so she took them up on the offer. She’s actually a little home body, we just don’t let the rest of the middle school catch on ;). She dressed up as Effie and wished that everyone had the odds in their favor. X-Man took on the duties of Ironman this year, and Little Girl was a beautiful mermaid. Living on the West coast, she was aptly dressed, since we all might as well have been under the sea with all the rain. But that’s alright-they had a BLAST! We toured the neighborhood, waving at all the other little monsters running around, traveled to the local adopted grandparent’s houses for the really good candy, and hit up all their teachers. On the way home (we had to grab the car to venture to the teacher’s houses) the conversation went like this:
Me: When we get home you can dump out your pillowcases and eat some candy.
Ironman: I’ll share with you mom!
Mermaid: Me too!
Ironman: I’ll give mom 4 pieces of candy
Mermaid: I’ll give her 1 piece
Ironman: That’s not very nice. I’m going to give her 4
Mermaid: Well I’ll give her 1 and then she’ll have 5
Heee heee. Funny kids. How sweet of them to share at all, and the really funny thing is that he’s the sweet tooth! She must have been feeling bad about the whole ordeal when we got home though, because she picked out 4 pieces (and the good kind too-Little Girl doesn’t skimp) for me to have. When I tried to put them back in her bag, she refused. I guess we must be doing something right!
While our Halloween is pretty laid back, and definitely not scary, I’m always amazed at what parents will allow for their kids. Walking into Walmart a couple of weeks ago, we were bombarded by all of the Halloween propaganda I was disgusted at the serial killer costume for a toddler. I’m not a fan of those kind of costumes for anyone, but especially for a little kid. I had a little one in my office this morning, covered in fake blood and dressed like Jack the Ripper. And we wonder why so many of our kids have serious mental and emotional issues. For cripe sake, people. Our job is to protect their innocence for as long as possible. It’s darn near impossible to do that as it is, so why add to the nasty? I guess I just don’t get it.
Happy Halloween ladies!