Halloween gets mixed reviews around our house. I happen to really like Halloween. I didn’t like it in college, when everyone else my age loved it. But I have found a new love of the holiday since having kids. I like the happy, fun Halloween decorations and costumes. I think it’s a fun holiday and a chance to just be a little silly for a night.
But Chris? Not a Halloween fan. He doesn’t mind the kids dressing up, but that’s about it. He doesn’t get into the costumes or decorations or scary movies. Even handing out the candy to trick-or-treaters is my job.
As a compromise, we don’t go all out or do anything crazy for Halloween (this year, I forgot to even buy a pumpkin!), but I do insist that we dress the kids up and go trick-or-treating for a bit.
We invited my friend, Tara, over with her son B to go trick-or-treating with us. We didn’t go to too many houses because we had six short legs walking with us, but we did go to a few of our neighbors.
The first few houses we went to, Bean wasn’t sure what was going on. I’d walk him up to the door and remind him to say, “Trick or treat!” Then he’d just stare into his pumpkin bucket when candy was dropped in there. After two or three houses, he was like, “Oh! I get it!”
Gracie? Well, she was content to just hang out in her Baby Bjorn and chew on her flower petals. She’s pretty easy to please these days.
After trick-or-treating, Bean and I sat outside on the front step and gave out candy while Chris put Gracie down for the night.
It was a lot of fun until a super scary mask walked up our front walk. Bean literally crawled up and over the back of his chair, crying and shaking. It was so sad! I don’t know why I didn’t think about scary costumes walking up. The kid who was dressed in the mask was really nice. As soon as he saw Bean starting to freak out, he started trying to pull his mask off while saying over and over again, “It’s okay, Buddy! It’s just pretend!” But Bean did not care at all whether it was pretend or not. Scary masks were unacceptable. So, we went into the house and watched “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”
He found this very acceptable.
All in all, it was a great Halloween. Everyone got to do what they wanted to do – Chris didn’t have to dress up, I got to hand out candy, Bean got to trick-or-treat, and Gracie…well…she got to eat flower petals and hang out with daddy. Life is good.