October 2019 480.632.7373 jensenlawaz.com
Fallen Trees and Marshmallows The Strangest Halloween My Family Ever Had
Every year around this time, I’m reminded of the strangest Halloween my family ever had. One Oct. 30, my wife JoDee and I were flying back to the East Coast, where we lived at the time, from a trip to Mexico. The plan was for us to fly into Boston, Massachusetts, pick up our two children who were staying with friends, and drive home to Connecticut. When we landed in Boston, JoDee and I were quickly reminded that the weather on the East Coast was vastly different than the Mexican beach we had just spent days lounging on. The shorts and flip-flops we were donning weren’t exactly proper attire for the weather that hit our home. A huge storm had just blown through the region, and snow covered the ground while trees downed power lines and wreaked havoc for drivers. On our way home, we decided to stop at the grocery store so we wouldn’t have to leave the house once we arrived. I made my way through the slush and snow in the parking lot, slipping in my flip-flops as I found some food to fill the fridge we emptied before vacation. When we finally made it back home to Connecticut, we realized the power was out there, too. We were without heat and working appliances on top of reaching home much
later than we anticipated. So, we filled the fireplace with wood from last winter and snuggled up as a family under some blankets for warmth, praying the power would be back on by the next day. That night, we even roasted marshmallows in our fireplace as we essentially camped in our house. But when Halloween hit, we still didn’t have power, and it remained that way throughout the day. At night, our 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son dressed up in their costumes, and we went trick-or-treating. The streets were pitch black as we strolled past downed trees and dark homes. It was difficult to tell who was home and who wasn’t offering candy, as we had no house lights to give us the green light, but we saw a few other brave souls out with us. (Since we lived near Sleepy Hollow, you can understand why this was so fearless of us!) Our kids still had a blast, and the real kicker to this story is the way it ends. About 30 minutes after coming home from trick-or-treating, our power came back on! Today, that 5-year-old and 2-year-old are 13 and 10, and we’ve added two more children to our family mix. Our Halloweens in Arizona are infinitely better, and we rarely have to worry about a snowstorm ruining our holiday.
Instead, our entire neighborhood turns into a giant party as neighbors park their lawn chairs at the bottom of their driveway and hand out candy to the witches, ghosts, and goblins that pass by. So, there may be a few benefits to living in an area with no trees. Plus, my shorts aren’t quite out of season for an Arizona Halloween. Have a safe and happy holiday!
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