I remember when Pam and I were little kids (yes, it was a loooooong time ago!) Halloween meant that the weather was just getting cold, everybody at school was in the Halloween spirit and everyone dressed in costume at school, candy corn was aplenty and we got to pick out our costumes! Costumes back then were either homemade or you got them from the drugstore. Remember? The costumes usually came in a box and were made out of a thin plastic-type material. And then – the mask! The mask was the best part and had holes for your eyes, nose and mouth and secured around your head with a rubber band. Typical costumes back in the day were: Little Red Riding Hood, a Cowboy, Scooby Doo, a Witch, Batman and my favorite, Cinderella!
We’d go out trick-or-treating with our little plastic bag and usually only went to neighbors that we really knew. We’d come back home and our mom and dad would check over the candy to make sure we didn’t have any poison or sharp objects in it. I was so gullable that I had no idea why my candy went so quickly! Now, as a parent, I know why 🙂 That darn chocolate just calls my name when the kids are at school!
Fast forward to present day. Boy has Halloween changed! One of my sons this morning said to me, “Mom – why do we even have to go to school today? It’s so stupid! It’s a holiday!” I guess I understand why this generation of kids sees Halloween as a holiday. With all of the decorations, the multitude of costumes, the stores that only sell Halloween merchandise, and the hype on TV, no wonder it is now a legit holiday.
In our neighborhood, as I’m sure it is in many neighborhoods, trick-or-treating is like a big party. The kids are hopped up on sugar, neighbors are coming out of the woodwork, dads with beer in their thermos’ are walking around with the kids and the moms are meeting their annual quota of the word “aw” at the sight of all of the cute kids in costume!
One thing I love about Halloween is the movies that play on TV this time of year. My 2 sons are at the age where they also get into scary movies, so it’s so much fun for all of us to sit together and watch scary shows/movies with our hands up to our eyes and our fingers parted just enough to see what happens next! Our new favorite show is The Walking Dead. I am now officially addicted. Yes, it’s the 3rd season now and I am finally jumping on the bandwagon with this show. So over the last few days my family has been catching up on episodes from the last 2 seasons. And, one of my sons will probably dress up as a zombie for trick-or-treating tonight 🙂
So, Happy Halloween to you all! Have fun with the trick-or-treaters tonight, get your fill of Reeses Cups and lollipops, and get your scare on! I will leave you with a very scary thought – Christmas is 7 1/2 weeks away – Muahahahahahaha!