So, I've been a mom for 8 years now. And tonight was the first night that my kids have ever done normal Halloween stuff. I have a big issue with this holiday. I just don't like it. I don't like the scary stuff; I don't like that satanists come out of the shadow and do stuff; I don't like that I have to hide my cats.
In the past we have shut our door, made sure the porch light wasn't on, and tried to block this day out. Then last year I eased up enough to go to Eric's parents' church Fall Festival. The kids dressed up in friendly costumes and had a great time playing carnival game.
It's funny how as my parenting "career" goes on I seem to get more laid back about certain things. Taevy didn't eat processed sugar for her first year. I used to be EXTREMELY conservative with the movies the kids watched (I'm talking, Bambi was off limits). I've loosened up a lot on that stuff. And now I've chilled out about this day too.
The kids dressed up (never anything scary); we went to Blockbuster to get free kids' rentals; we went to a church "Trunk or Treat"; we made a visit to a few neighbors and the grandparents; and then did what I thought I'd NEVER allow my kids to do. We went trick-or-treating! Just a few houses with their grandma, but still... And you know what? I have to admit that it was a fun night. I will never *like* this holiday. I don't know if we'll ever "do" Halloween again. But it was fun this year. =-)
[Oh! This cracked me up so I wanted to share. Halloween is normally chilly here in OK, so I bought Bright a brown turtleneck to wear under his Lion costume. It turned out to be about 80 degrees here today! The cool thing about having a dark brown kid is that he can just go sleeveless if he happens to be a lion on Halloween! LOL!]
Anita...who is now off to eat some candy!