The Halloween Blahs

November 1st, 2012

I’ve been trying to formulate my thoughts for a Halloween post.  It’s been tricky because I’m generally a sunshine and daisies blogger.  I like to put everything in the best possible light.  But to be honest, I’ve got mixed feelings about Halloween and this year’s festivities left me a bit disappointed.

Let me start by highlighting those aspects of Halloween which I embrace.  I am all about pumpkin carving, hot apple cider, dressing up in fun costumes, and community togetherness.  I think Halloween should be about those things.  Heck, I think life in general should be about those things.

And some of this year’s Halloween was.  We got some great foam stickers and decorated pumpkins together one afternoon.  Buggie did a lovely abstract gourd and Miss Mouse used up eleven sets of faces on three pumpkins.  Festive!

Our church hosted a great “Trunk-or-Treat” event (which, for those not familiar, is like door-to-door trick-or-treating, except kids go around to decorated cars in a parking lot).  Great participation by our fun church members of all ages, good games for the kids, and a yummy chili supper afterwards.  Bingo.

Here’s what I don’t love about Halloween: freezing cold temperatures, the mountains of mediocre candy, and scary costumes.

Those were the dominant themes to last night’s activities.  It was really cold, but I gamely bundled the kids up and headed to a couple other church trunk-or-treat events…

…which were awful.  The first stop had three cars and some questionable-smelling chili.  The second stop was indoors (bonus) but was so completely overrun that, after standing in line for 15 minutes to get in the door, we gave up and left.

But not before Miss Mouse and Buggie were traumatized by several young boys in nasty costumes.  We encountered more of the same as we trudged door-to-door.  I know boys love to be gross.  And that for some people, being scared is the whole point of Halloween.  But I’ve never been one of those people and now that I have young kids, I find myself being actively ticked off when confronted by kids in slasher masks with blood dripping off their distorted features.  How is that fun?

After walking the neighborhood for a half an hour (and finding very few houses participating in

trick-or-treat), we headed home to assess our loot.  It turned out to be an odd paradox.  On the one hand, they got way more candy than any preschooler needs.  On the other hand, most of it was stuff my little ones couldn’t eat.  A zillion suckers, pieces of hard candy, and hunks of bubble gum.  The poor dears desperately wanted to indulge (and I was prepared to let them) but we had to really scrounge to find a couple candy bars they could eat!

Sigh.

But, to end this whiny post on a positive note, here’s a silver lining: the kids actually had a much better time than I did and their super-cute pumpkin flashlights were a big hit.

5 responses to “The Halloween Blahs”

  1. Karol Crosbie says:

    Nice silver shoes, Nana.

  2. Emily says:

    I struggle mightily with Halloween as well and M isn’t even a year! I’ve never liked it as a holiday but now that I have a
    Ittle one, I’m once again excited about costumes and such. We were travelling on actual Halloween Day, but I really wanted to take her downtown to our Main Street’s business to business TOT more for the community than candy. I think that we’re much more into the “Fall Fest” thing, so maybe next year turn it into more of a Fall Fest with your love of squash and cider and such? We happen to be hosting a couple friends on Saturday for a fire and I’m turning it into a fall fest rather than a late Halloween adult celebration.

    • Kate says:

      I think you’re right, Em. I do love “fall fest” activities and need to mold my Halloween celebrations in light of that preference. Should be doable as long as I’m proactive!

  3. Katie Williams says:

    I am a trying to catch up on all of your blogs, hence the reason I am just now commenting on your Halloween topic…just wanted you to be aware of Halloween on Main in H for next year. All of the local businesses on Main Street pass out pretty good candy, there are lots of games for younger children, and a Thriller Dance Group. (Cole has always enjoyed watching & often participating on the sideline if he wasn’t chosen to come into the spotlight.) It is usually packed, but the line moves extremely quickly up one side of Main St. and back down the other. You will certainly see some creepy costumes but also LOTS of super cute and fun ones as well. They also host a costume contest divided by age (which Cole has been a winner of since age 2) :) and usually earns them a ribbon, bag of really cool stuff including free meals to various restaurants, crayons, coloring books etc and a professional photograph in costume, for free. Also, H Health Care Manor (a nursing home) has all of their residents in chairs in the hallways, with FABULOUS candy selections. Most of these elderly residents light up when they see the youngsters and take great joy in passing out the goodies. I am thankful that Cole eagerly participated in this since age 2. Not only was it good for the residents, but I believe it has made Cole a better person. I didn’t intend for this post to be so lengthy, just wanted to share with you that Halloween is a loved holiday in our home and it is mainly because of Halloween On Main and the nursing home. Hopefully next year will come closer to meeting your expectations! Oh, and the nursing home also hosts an Easter Egg Hunt and visit from the Ol’ Bunny himself for the kids…many of the residents come outside to watch and it’s also lots of fun for the younger participants, as there is an OVERLY plentiful selection of candy filled eggs scattered about the grass. Best wishes for an awesome 2013 Halloween! :)

    • Kate says:

      Thanks so much for all the suggestions! Clearly we’re going to need to check out the Main Street festivities next year. And I LOVE the idea of going to the nursing home.

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